The curry tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the Rutaceae family, native to India and Sri Lanka. The leaves of the tree are called “curry leaf” and are used in many cuisines especially in India. It is also used as an herb and possesses many medicinal properties like its anti-diabetic compound.
The oil is extracted from the leaves by a process called steam distillation. The oil is colorless to pale yellow, a nearly clear liquid with a sweet and spicy aroma but a bit bitter taste. This oil also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-hypercholesterolemic and hepatoprotective substances. The leaves are enriched in calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.
- Curry leaf oil is known to improve eyesight. It is also believed to prevent disease like cataract.
- It is beneficial for digestion, heartburn, and nausea
- Curry leaf oil is an excellent hair tonic. You can also make an effective hair tonic by boiling some curry leaves in your hair oil and applying it on your scalp. Massage it well for at least 15-20 minutes. Follow this procedure twice a week to stimulate your hair growth.
- It is known to prevent the premature graying of the hair
- Diabetics will love this oil as it controls the glucose levels in the blood.
- It may also be used to treat burns, bruises, cuts, skin eruptions, and insect bites. The oil of the leaves is also believed to be an effective insect repellant.
- It is beneficial to the skin as it maintain it is natural pigmentation.
For therapeutic applications, you can always obtain curry leaf oil. It incorporates all the beneficial properties of fresh leaves and has clearly longer shelf life. However, you will not be able to use it for cooking, nevertheless, it will benefit you tremendously in physical, emotional and mental level.