Curry leaf is a celebrated spice of India. The biggest of celebrations there have curry leaves as an integral part of their dishes. The leaves have amazing pungent smell, that adds to the taste of the already delicious Indian food.
The curry leaf tree is an evergreen tree. It is widely cultivated in Southeast Asian countries such as -
- Sri Lanka
Curry leaf tree belongs to the citrus family, and its botanical name is murraya koenigi. Going by its botanical name, murraya koenigi, the leaves of the tree have a pleasant spicy fragrance.
Popularly,curry leaves are used as a spice in curries to add flavor to the food. Besides its beautiful flavor, curry leaves have wonderful health benefits as well. They are known to be very effective in keepingthe digestive system healthy. In fact, they are often used for curing several disorders of the stomach such as dysentery and diarrhea.
Curry leaves oil is obtained through the process of steam distillation. For this, fresh curry leaves are plucked and then crushed, before being placed in the distillation vessel. The yield of the oil is, however, very small. Therefore, it is a somewhat expensive and scarce oil. That said; you could also prepare curry leaf oil at home very easily. For making this oil, take some curry leaves, crush and boil them in some coconut oil on a low flame. Filter this oil and store in an air tight bottle. The color of curry leaves oil is pale yellow, and the aroma is very soothing and pleasant. Some of the health benefits of curry leaf oil are mentioned below.
Curry leaves oil or the oil obtained from the murraya koenigi tree is widely used in the treatment of the disorders related to the digestive system. If you are suffering from indigestion, diarrhea, or other similar problems, you can simply add a few drops of curry leaf oil in your food while cooking.
Curry leaves oil is very popular among aroma therapists too. Most aroma therapists use this oil for treatment of hair problems, such as the premature falling of hair. In fact, curry leaf oil has been used since ancient times for treating hair loss and hair fall. If you experience loss of hair or problemssuch as split hair, massage your scalp gently with curry leaf oil. After about an hour, wash your hair using some mild shampoo. Doing this two to three times a week would solve your hair problems within a month or so, leaving you with healthier and stronger hair.
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