Betel leaf is a vine from the family of Piperaceae, mostly consumed in India and Asia as a ‘Paan’ along with ‘Arcea Nut’ or tobacco.
While many look at it as ‘Paan’ consumed after a good meal or just as a habit, it also has a significant place during religious rituals in India.
In India, sheaf of betel leaves are offered to Gods, elders in the family as a mark of respect during festivals and functions. However, these glossy, heart-shaped leaves are often ignored for the huge amount of health benefits they offer to the mankind.
Known as ‘Paan Ka Patha’ in Hindi, Tamalapaaku in Telugu, Vethalapaaku in Tamil, Vattla in Malayalam, these leaves are not as bad as you imagined. Betel leaves come with several curative health benefits as they are loaded with vitamins like Vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, carotene and a great source of calcium.
The Top 5 Benefits of Betel Leaf:
Analgesic: Betel leaf is an excellent analgesic that offers instant relief from pain. It can be used in alleviating pain caused due to cuts, bruises, rashes. Make a paste with tender betel leaves and apply on the affected area. Betel leaf juice provides relief from internal pains in the body.
Eases Constipation: Betel leaves are a powerhouse of antioxidants which clear radicals from the body. It restores normal PH levels in the body and helps upset stomach. Ayurveda widely recommends eating betel leaves for relief from constipation. Crush betel leaves and put it in the water overnight. Drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach to ease bowel movements.
Improves Digestion: Ever wondered why chew on betel leaf after a good meal? It is recommended because of its carminative, intestinal, anti-flatulent and for those properties that help in protecting the gut. Betel leaves increase metabolism triggering circulation and stimulating the intestines to absorb vital vitamins and nutrients.
Reduces respiratory issues: Betel leaf widely helps in treating issues related to cough and cold. It is an excellent cure for those suffering from chest, lung congestion and asthma. Apply some mustard oil on the leaf, warm it and place it on the chest to cure congestion. You can also boil few leaves in water, add cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in two cups of water. Reduce it to 1 cup and consume this concoction two to three times a day for an excellent relief from congestion and breathing issues.
Antiseptic and anti-fungal properties: Betel leaves have amazing antiseptic properties as they are rich in polyphenols especially chavicol offering dual protection from germs. It is also used extensively in treating arthritis and orchitis.
It’s amazing anti-fungal properties provide instant relief from fungal infections. Applying the paste of betel leaves kills fungal infection in the affected region.