The betel leaf has been used across India for many years.
From using it in religious ceremonies or prayers to eating it in the form of a 'paan', betel leaves contain many healing health benefits.
The leaves are full of vitamins like vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and carotene and are a great source of calcium.
Since betel is an aromatic creeper, you can easily grow it as an ornamental plant in your homes and derive the maximum health benefits from the same.
Often referred to as a paan leaf, here are some medicinal properties of the betel leaf.
1. For Colds
Betel leaf is very good for treating colds and the best way to use betel leaf for treating cold is by making a kashayam with it. Any herbal extract that is used for treating illness is called kashayam. Usually kashayam is made by boiling the herbs with the water but for this remedy we need fresh extract. Betel leaf kashayam is simple to make and gives very good relief from chest congestion.
- Take a single betel leaf and grind it along with boiled water in a mixer and extract the juice. To this juice add a pinch of pepper powder and a pinch of dry ginger powder.
2. For External Application (Skin, Pimples)
Since betel leaf is an antiseptic, it makes very good external poultice and can be used for treating pimples on the face, minor wounds and as a poultice for treating stomach pain in babies. For treating pimples:
- Make a smooth, thick paste of tender betel leaves along with little boiled water and apply on the spots.
To make a face wash liquid with betel leaves:
- Boil the leaves in water and use that water to wash the face. This same liquid can be used for gargling for treating sore throat.
Betel leaf juice (it should be thick) can be applied externally on the skin to treat skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
3. For Headache
Using betel leaf for treating headache has been done for many years. You can use it for months without any side effects or any allergies. For headaches:
- You can either apply small pieces of fresh betel leaf on either side of the temples or the fresh extract which is more potent.
- To make the extract, grinding the betel leaf along with very little boiled water and extract the juice. Now add few drops of camphor essential oil to the extracted juice. Apply this mixture on temples to get good relief from headache. We can also boil the leaves in water and inhale the steam.
4. Antidote For Poison
The combination of betel leaf and peppercorns are so famous that you will find it mentioned in many books. To use it as antidote:
- Take a single betel leaf and place 4 to 5 peppercorns in the middle, fold to make a parcel, chew and swallow. This remedy can be given to young children too.
- You can also boil the two ingredients along with a cup of water till it is reduced to half, strain and use it as a home remedy for treating indigestion.
5. For Indigestion
This remedy with betel leaf will work well for all these symptoms. Both carom seeds and betel leaf by themselves are very good for treating indigestion but when combined together it makes a very effective home remedy. Making this remedy couldn't be any simpler.
- Just take a fresh betel leaf, add carom seeds and a pinch of salt. Roll it up, chew and swallow it with a glass of water. But try to use fresh, tender betel leaf for the remedy and this remedy can be used for children too.
Source: Nation's Press