In order to extract Curry Leaf Oil, the leaves of the plant are subjected to steam distillation. The oil is a light yellow in color and has a bitter sweet taste to it and has main components caryophyllene and both alpha & beta pinene. The leaves of the plant are commonly used in dishes from the southern parts of India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The oil is known to nourish the skin and help mitigate iron deficiency, the skin benefits of the oil have made it a common ingredient in the production of soaps.
Benefits Of Curry Leaf Oil
- Mitigates digestive problems: Consuming a single drop of the oil after being diluted with water or buttermilk, can ease the digestive system and provide relief from gastrointestinal discomfort.
- Insect repellant: The oil is known to ward of insects and is a natural protection against mosquitoes.
- Antiseptic: The oil can be used as an antiseptic for the treatment of cuts, wounds, bruises and rashes. It provides a natural alternative to chemical based alternatives.
- Fights bad cholesterol: Consuming Curry Leaf oil has found to be effective at reducing bad cholesterol and thus helps prevent heart disease.
- Reduces the side effects of cancer treatment: The oil is known to mitigate the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy that are used for the treatment of cancers and helps protect chromosomes and bone marrow.
- Boosts oral health: Rich in calcium, beta carotene and zinc, the oil is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals for maintaining proper oral hygiene.
- Flavoring agent: The oil is used as an ingredient in soups and other dishes such as curries and pickles.
- Skin benefits: Dark circles can be reduced by applying curry leaf oil that has been diluted with coconut oil.
- Improves Eyesight: The vitamin A present within the oil helps improve eyesight and recent studies have shown that it also reduces the chances of getting cataract and other related problems.
- Controls diabetes: The hypoglycemic values of this oil help keep diabetes in check by reducing the rate of conversion of starch into glucose which directly results in lower levels of sugar in the blood.
The various properties of Curry Leaf oil include anti-inflammatory, purgative, depurative, fungicidal, lipolytic, diurectic, detoxifier, carminative and many more. All these properties make it one of the most useful essential oils that is available in the market.