Valuable health benefits of betel leaf
From using it in prayers and religious ceremonies to eating it in the form of a “paan”, betel leaves contain many curative and healing health benefits. These leaves are full of vitamin 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.
Helps in treating diabetes:
It is believed that the components present in betel leaves can reduce the level of sugar in the blood, thus treating diabetes.
Aids in weight-loss:
Betel leaves can be used effectively by people who are trying to shed weight. It reduces “medha dhatu”(body fat) and increase the metabolic rate of the body
Prevent carcinogens that lead to cancer:
Chewing betel leaves is known to prevent oral cancer as it helps maintain the level of ascorbic acid in saliva. All you need to do is boil 10 to 12 betel leaves for a few minutes and add honey to the boiled water. Drinking this on a daily basis can help.
Betel leaves when applied over a wound and bandaged, can heal a wound and accelerate the healing process. They are also widely used in Ayurveda for treating boils.
If you are suffering from a severe headache. Betel leaves can come to your rescue. The leaves have cooling properties which provide instant relief from the ache when applied externally.
Betel leaf gives relief from pain. It alleviates pain caused by cuts, bruises, rashes; inflammation, indigestion, constipation, etc. make a paste of betel leaf and apply to it the bruised area. For internal pain chew betel leaves and drink its juice.
Betel leaf neutralizes the body’s pH which stomach function. Betel leaf is rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants remove toxins from the body via stools. To relieve constipation, just chew the betel leaf and consume its juice on an empty stomach daily.
You can also blend the betel leaves with water, keep it overnight and consume it first thing in morning. This will also cure constipation.
Betel leaves are high in fiber. The essential oil in the betel leaf if applied on the stomach helps in the secretion of digestive juices. Boil betel leaf with a little pepper in water and consume 2 teaspoons daily twice to improve digestion. Betel leaf also increases the body’s metabolism.
Increased metabolism promotes healthy circulation of vital nutrients in the body.
Acne cure and other skin disorders:
Betel leaf has antimicrobial and antiseptic property. This is good remedy for acne, black spot, etc. it reduce skin ulceration, allergies, itchiness, and body odour. Just crush and extract juice from few betel leaves. Add a pinch o turmeric and apply the paste on the acne and allergies. You can also boil betel leaves in water and use that water to wash face or bathe to treat skin problems.
Gives relief from gastric pain:
Betel leaf has antibiotic properties. This helps to keep duodenum to get rid of unwanted bacteria. It also balances the PH of the intestines, which reduces the inflammation and pain caused by acidity. It helps release gas from the intestines thereby reducing bloating and pain. Chewing of paan twice or thrice a day helps relieve from gastric pain.
Upset stomach is accompanied by reduced appetite. The betel leaves triggers the normal gastric secretion that triggers hunger at regular intervals. Betel leaf restores the normal PH levels of the stomach by flushing out all the toxins. Thus, it increases appetite and promotes good gastric environment.
It is an antiseptic:
Betel leaf is rich in polyphenols named cheviot. It is good antibiotic. Thus it can be applied on cuts to kill germs. The polyphenols reduce the inflammation. Thus it is helpful in inflammatory disorders like arthritis. Local application of the betel leaf gives relief from pain and reduces the inflammation caused by arthritis.
Ayurveda generally uses betel leaf to:
Give relief from constant coughing
Eliminating bad breath
Prevent damage to the teeth
Treat a nosebleed
Relieves itching and red eyes due to irritation
Stopping the bleeding gums
Treating acne and eliminate acne
The food that promotes longevity virtue, strength, health and happiness are juicy, smooth, substantial and agreeable to stomach. Betel leaf perfectly fits into this description. It is important not only in religious ceremonies but it is also beneficial for health.
Betel leaves have numerous health benefits but yet they should be used in a limits. Studies show that continuous eating of pan and nut powder leads to oral cancer.
- A wise selection and method to consume betel leaves is a key to gain maximum benefits from the leaf .