Benefits of betel leaf!

Betel leaves are the leaves of the Piper betle vine. This vine produces heart shaped leaves that are deep green in colour and in Ayurveda these leaves have been praised highly due to their immense medicinal properties.

When taken alone, betel leaves can work as a medicine for the body offering a number of health benefits. However, eating quid, prepared by adding slaked lime, areca nuts, tobacco powder and other ingredients with the leaves, is not certainly healthy for the body.

So to get the best health benefits of betel leaves make it a point to chew the leaves only. A paste made from Betel leaves can also be used for topical application in different cases.

Improves digestion

It is best to take betel leaves after having your meal, particularly because these leaves promote digestion.  Betel leaves stimulate saliva production in your mouth, which is filled with digestive enzymes that help in quick break down of the food.  As it helps in digestion, it also cures problems like bloating and intestinal gas. Betel leaves can be helpful to boost your total digestive process, ensuring better health of your digestive system, which is sure to promote a better overall health.

Better oral hygiene

Betel leaves have anti-bacterial properties that can be helpful to kill the germs in the mouth that cause bad breadth.  Betel leaves can also be helpful to control the acid level in mouth, thus preventing the formation of cavity. However, always make it a point to wash your mouth properly with water after you have chewed a betel leaf, otherwise it might stain your teeth.

Controls cough and cold

Cough and cold are common problems that make all of us suffer every now and then. Betel leaf extract can be helpful to clear the phlegm from the chest and it can also provide relief and healing to the throat area. People who suffer from problems like pharyngitis and tonsillitis might get great results by chewing betel leaves. The mild anti-bacterial property of these leaves help in curing the throat infections and provides relief from common cough and cold

Helps control diabetes

According to studies, betel leaves has some active compounds that might be helpful for maintaining a more normal blood sugar level in the diabetic patients.  The anti-diabetic property of these leaves have been proven and one can actually get results in controlling blood sugar by consuming these leaves in regulated number.

Ideal for treating gastric ulcers

Gastric ulcer is a digestive system related condition that can create a lot of trouble in the body. Starting from acute abdominal pain to indigestion, bloating, acidity all may be caused due to gastric ulcers. For curing this condition, betel leaves are actually helpful. Studies have proved the gastroprotective properties of these leaves and hence if you are suffering from gastric ulcer, consuming betel leaves can actually be helpful.

Detoxification properties

Detoxifying your body and digestive system can be highly helpful for a better health. Betel leaves are known for their ability to remove toxins from the body. These leaves are also believed to be effective in treating mild poisoning or food poisoning.

Healing wounds

Betel leaves are excellent for healing any open wounds.  Prepare a paste of betel leaves, apply it over the cleaned wound and cover it up with a bandage. Betel leaves can coagulate the blood quickly stopping bleeding and can also work to heal the wound. Betel leaves are even effective in treating insect bites. Just prepare a paste with the leaves and apply it onto the affected part of the skin.

Treating warts

This is another external application of betel leaves that has been found to be highly effective and yet completely side effect free. Betel leaf paste or extract can be used directly for treating warts on the skin. The best thing about this treatment is that, it does not leave any scar on the skin. Just apply the extract on the wart for few days and you will see it shrink.

Treating acne

Betel leaves can work effectively to treat any type of skin infections caused due to bacteria or fungus. When you use the extract of these leaves on acne regularly, you are sure to see the acne subside with time. The mild anti-septic property of these leaves also help in preventing skin breakouts and allergies.

 

  • Vasanthkumar Mysoremath

    In good old days, savoring betel leaves used to be a ritual with couples. After meals, the lady would carry a wooden tray with tender betel leaves (Madras yele or Mysooru chiguru yele or Calcutta patthe), good quality areca nuts beaten into pieces, lime paste, sugar, gulkand, lavang, some times copra powder etc., to her bedroom, sit together and the lady would start the ritual, put all the ingriedients, fold it artistically called beeda, pin it with a lavang and put it in her partner’s mouth. If in playful mood, the husband would bite her fingers while putting the pan beeda into his mounth. The lady would show a false anger with a aaah,,,and that is how the moods are created. Gone are the days….

  • Vasanthkumar Mysoremath

    In good old days, savoring betel leaves used to be a ritual with couples. After meals, the lady would carry a wooden tray with tender betel leaves (Madras yele or Mysooru chiguru yele or Calcutta patthe), good quality areca nuts beaten into pieces, lime paste, sugar, gulkand, lavang, some times copra powder etc., to her bedroom, sit together and the lady would start the ritual, put all the ingriedients, fold it artistically called beeda, pin it with a lavang and put it in her partner’s mouth. If in playful mood, the husband would bite her fingers while putting the pan beeda into his mounth. The lady would show a false anger with a aaah,,,and that is how the moods are created. Gone are the days….

    Betel vine can be grown either in your front /back yard or in pots in balcony/terrace by bringing a young ‘ veelyadele humbu’ from Nurseries or from Horticulture Department. They must be fed with proper organic manure, watered once in two days or depending upon the heat around and allowed to grow by making it climb with the help of a supporting bamboo/wooden staff. Too much of sun may result in breaking up of the border or make the size of the leaf smaller.

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