Most of us have never heard of curry leaves. Curry on rice? Yes! Curry leaves, no. Their scientific name is murraya koenigii, and they are packed full of health benefits.
Curry leaves are high in carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and copper. They also contain nicotinic acid, vitamins C, A, B, and E, antioxidants, plant sterols, amino acids, glycosides, and flavonoids. (Source)
Research has found that curry leaves help with the following:
- Reducing Diarrhea
- Relieving Gastrointestinal Problems
- Lessening the Effects of Diabetes
- Improved Liver Health
Curry leaves are also excellent for hair growth!
“Curry leaves constitute a combination of essential nutrients required for the growth of hair. They are rich in antioxidants and amino acids which are capable of reducing hair [loss], and stimulate hair growth. They help in preventing the hair strands from thinning by means of strengthening hair follicles. Curry leaves are also a rich source of beta-carotene and proteins. Beta carotene limits hair loss while [the] presence of proteins prevents hair thinning.” (Source)
The woman in this video shows us how to make a curry leaf oil that she uses for her hair!
Curry Leaf Hair Growth Recipe
- Coconut Oil – 2 Cups
- Curry Leaves – 1 Small Bowl
1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan or small pot.
2. Add the curry leaves and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Allow the oil to cool.
4. Pour the oil and leaves through a strainer and into a glass container.
5. Massage the oil into the hair twice a week for desired results!
Curry leaves, along with other herbs, are widely used by South Indian women to strengthen their hair. The nutrients found in the leaves are believed to rejuvenate hair, boost hair growth, unclog hair follicles, and strengthen hair roots and shafts. (Source)
Curry leaves may be found in organic food stores or international markets. One can also buy them fresh online.