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. The leaves are full of vitamins 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.
Ayurveda recommends using betel leaves for hairfall related issues. Here is a recipe for a lotion that you can apply to your scalp. Grind betel leaves with sesame or coconut oil and apply the paste to all the sections of the scalp. Leave it on for at least an hour before you shampoo it off.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in betel leaves are great for treating the symptoms of acne. Wash your face with a decoction of betel water or apply a paste of betel leaves and turmeric to your face and wash off. Do this twice a day, especially after you come back home.
The soothing property of betel leaves give much relief if you are prone to rashes and allergies. Boil 10 leaves and remove from fire just as the leaves turn limp. This water can then be mixed in your bath water or as a soak for itchy extremities. The anti-inflammatory properties of the wonder leaf will reduce itching and swelling.
Bans body odor
The juice of betel leaves or betel leaf oil added to your bath water will keep you feeling fresh and will kill the odor-creating germs on your body. Consuming a drink made with a few betel leaves soaked in boiled water regularly, detoxifies the body and kills all kinds of unpleasant body odors.
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 increases the metabolic rate of the body.
Prevents carcinogens that lead to cancer
Chewing betel leaves is known to prevent oral cancer as it helps maintain the levels of ascorbic acid in the 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.