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Curry leaves, also known as kadhi patta in Hindi, belong to the Sweet Neem tree that is native to southern India and Sri Lanka.
And while it is predominantly used for adding a beautiful, earthy aroma to curry dishes, tea prepared from these leaves has been used for centuries to treat various ailments, ranging from morning sickness to diabetes.
That's exactly what we are going to explore in this article - the health benefits of curry leaves tea, specifically its ability to help you lose weight, and how to prepare this simple tea at home.
#1 Curry leaves tea can detoxify your body.
There are many factors that lead to weight gain, like eating too much food, having unhealthy and processed items, having a diseased digestive tract, skipping breakfast, and having a lot of accumulated toxins in the body.
Curry leaves tea can take care of the last one - accumulated toxins - by detoxifying your body and making it conducive to burn more fat and store less.
#2 It improves your digestion.
Tea prepared from curry leaves has a distinct herbal and earthy aroma because of the medicinal compounds in it, which are capable of improving your digestion and in preventing diarrhoea.
#3 It reduces your blood sugar.
When you have too many sugary foods and drinks, your blood sugar tends to spike up suddenly. And since your body does not need so much sugar to fuel it, the extra sugar is converted into fat and stored in your body for the future.
Curry leaves can prevent this blood sugar spike, thus preventing fat build-up in your body and also protecting it from the ill-effects of diabetes.
#4 It is a powerful antioxidant.
Curry leaves contain a powerful chemical compound in them called carbazole alkaloid, which is capable of scavenging free radicals in the body and killing the bacteria, thus protecting the body from inflammation and infections.
The other compound in curry leaves capable of the same effect is linolool, which gives it its characteristic aroma.
#5 It can heal wounds and burns.
You can use the boiled leaves left over after you sieve your tea to make a wound-healing paste for minor cuts, wounds, and burns.
This property of curry leaves is bestowed upon it by the compound mahanimbicine in it, which is known to accelerate wound healing and also in restoring the hair follicles at the wound site.
#6 It can prevent weight gain.
Drinking a cup of curry leaves tea every day can prevent weight gain and cholesterol build-up in the body through its medicinal compound mahanimbine, a carbazole alkaloid.
#7 It can ease constipation and prevent diarrhoea.
As mentioned in a previous point, curry leaves improve your digestion by strengthening your digestive tract, especially the intestines. But that's not all curry leaves can do.
These leaves have a mild laxative property and can ease constipation. And in case of diarrhoea or food poisoning, consuming its tea can kill the harmful microbes in your gut and reverse the accelerated peristalsis.
#8 It can reduce stress.
You may not know this but the beautiful aroma of the curry leaf (an attribute of the compound linolool in it) can actually soothe your body and relieve stress. So, you should definitely have this tea after workdays to help you relax and calm down.
#9 It can improve your memory and recall.
Studies have shown that consuming curry leaves regularly, either in food or in the form of a tea, can boost your memory and ability to recall details.
In fact, scientists are hopeful that one day the compounds extracted from curry leaves can help them reverse amnesia and cure Alzheimer's disease.
#10 It reduces morning sickness and nausea.
If you have motion sickness, have a cup of curry leaves before or during your journey to ease your nausea. And the same applies to pregnant women suffering from morning sickness every day.
#11 It can improve your eyesight.
Curry leaves are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for the health of your eye and vision. So, have a cup of curry leaves tea every day if you wear spectacles or are suffering from dryness and stress in your eyes.
#12 It can fight cancer.
A study conducted by Mejio University in Japan showed that certain carbazole alkaloids in curry leaves have a strong effect on cancer cells, specifically colorectal cancer, leukaemia, and prostate cancer.
So, having curry leaves tea is a great way to protect your body from malignancy too!
How To Make Curry Leaves Tea
You will need:-
- 1 cup of water
- 30-45 curry leaves
1. Boil the water in a saucepan and then take it off the heat.
2. Steep 30-45 curry leaves in this hot water for a couple of hours until the water changes its colour.
3. Strain out the leaves and reheat the tea if it has become cold.
4. Add a spoon of honey and a dash of lemon juice for taste.
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