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What are the health benefits of betel leaves?

Betel leave is an aromatic leaf which is from the Piperaceae family; its botanical name is Piper betel. Other members of this family include pepper and also kava. It is a very beneficial leaf, commonly known as “PAAN” in India. Betel plant is a creeper plant and has a slender look. The leaves of the betel plant are heart shaped and are very shiny in appearance. Various medicinal properties are associated with betel leaves which are going to be discussed in this article along with the health benefits of betel leaves. Following are some health benefits of betel leaves:
• The first and most common benefit of betel leaves is that they are used as a body deodorant. By drinking one cup of warm water in which the betel leaves are soaked removes body odor. It is also used as a mouth freshener in the form of Indian paan due to the aroma it has.
• Betel leaves are very helpful in relieving cough and cold. Mustard oil in which betel leaves are soaked can be applied on the chest to treat chest congestion so that you can breathe freely. Sore throat can also be relieved by the application of betel leaves. When crushed and taken along with honey it proves to be very beneficial for the irritation of the throat.
• Wounds on the body can be treated using the betel leaves. The juice extracted from the leaves can be applied on the wound as an ointment and the leaf can be wrapped around the wound like a bandage. Even deepest wounds are said to be healed in at least two days. Apart from treating wounds betel leaves are useful in treating boils as well. For treating boils, castor oil is coated on a betel leaf after the leaf is softened by boiling it. With the help of the betel leaf the oil is spread on the inflammation area. After spreading the oil, the leaf is kept over the inflammation area and is replaced at regular intervals. Doing this will rupture the boil and secrete out all the matter inside the boil.
• Debility and nervous exhaustions and pains are also said to be treated by betel leaves. The juice of betel leaves taken along with honey twice a day proves to be very effective for nervous pains and other such problems.
• People suffering from nose bleeding can also be treated with the help of betel leaves. This can be done by inserting the rolled betel leaves into the bleeding nose until the bleeding stops.
• Betel leaves can be used for easy urination also. It is said to have diuretic properties. When taken along with diluted and sweetened milk, it can ease urination in a person.
• Betel leaves can relieve irritation on the body when the water in which some betel leaves are boiled is applied on the affected area. It can also relieve the redness of the eyes. This can be done by cooling the boiled water in which betel leaves are soaked and splashing this water on the eyes.
• Betel leaves are very beneficial for the lower back pains, arthritis and also orchitis. The application of betel leaves on the inflammation can provide relieve from arthritis and orchitis and the application of a mixture of coconut oil and juice of betel leaves can relieve lower back pain. Ear aches can also be treated by putting some drops of betel leaf juice into the ear.
• When the paste of betel leaves is applied on the face it can treat acne and pimples due to its cooling effect.

1 comment to What are the health benefits of betel leaves?

  • STAN

    AM INTERESTED IN USING THE BETEL LEAVES IN MY MORNING GREEN SMOOTHIE. ANY SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW MANY LEAVES I SHOULD BE USING? I AM PRESENTLY GROWING THE BETEL LEAF VINE IN MY BACK YARD

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