Betel leaf commonly finds its usage in South East Asia, where it is mixed with areca nut, lime, and tobacco and chewed for taste and to attain a high. The plant of the betel leaf is a vine from the family called pip era CEA. It finds its place in Ayurveda dating back to hundreds of years where the betel leaves are used for therapeutic purposes. It is high in potency, freshens and purifies breath, and has many healing properties.
Here Are The 17 Medicinal Uses Of The Betel Leaf
The juice of betel leaves can be applied on wounds and the area can be bandaged using the betel leaf. This promotes faster and smoother healing and the wound gets treated in a day or two.
Betel leaf has disinfectant properties due to which when it is chewed in the mouth, Its compounds enter the mouth and eventually enter the blood stream, cleaning the mouth and also treating the infections. Chewing betel leaves also induce the saliva which can eradicate the germs from the mouth and protect the teeth and gums from decay and damage.
Recent studies suggest that compounds present in betel leaves have anti-cancer properties which help in fighting the free radicals causing cancerous growths and tumors in the body.
Betel leaf has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties that help in reducing pain and it can be applied to the affected area for temporarily reducing pain as it not only minimises the pain, also strengthens the nerves in that area and heals the wounds causing pain.
Debile and weak nerves can be treated with the usage of betel leaf. Its juice can be mixed with honey ad drank every day to strengthen the internal system, and can be applied topically to the pain to help in minimizing it.
For people suffering from problems in urinating, betel leaf juice can be mixed with warm milk, sweetened, and drank to ease the trouble of urination.
Compounds present in betel leaf can disinfect wounds and act as an antiseptic, and pain reliever. It contains tannins and polyphenols that can enter the bloodstream by way of chewing the leaves and fight microbes and germs that lead to sickness. Chavicol is a phenol present in betel leaf that contains antiseptic properties.
The juice of betel leaves can prevent and treat the gastric ulcers in the stomach. Chewing betel leaves can reduce bloating in the stomach.
The problem of indigestion can be treated with chewing betel leaves. It releases enzymes that help in digesting the food properly and also the process of chewing increases saliva production that aids to digestion.
Betel leaf can be chewed to enhance the performance of the sex organs and increase virility in men. It is chewed after meals to improve the problem of erectile dysfunction in men.
Heals A Sore Throat
Take a glass of warm water and mix 5 ml of betel juice in it. Gargle with this concoction twice daily to treat the problem of a sore throat.
Take 2 betel leaves and smear some castor oil on them. Warm them very lightly and place the leaf on the stomach. All the excess gases get expelled slowly and the baby feels relieved. Can use coconut oil instead of the castor oil.
Joints pains like arthritis can be treated with the use of betel leaf. These leaves can be applied to the inflamed joints and left for a while to reduce inflammation and treat the pain.
Betel leaf finds its place in the medications used for the treatment of warts. It is safe and effective and can completely eradicate warts without leaving any marks, and also prevents them from recurring.
Warm a betel leaf and smear it with castor oil. Now place it on the boil and leave for some time. The boil gets softened and eventually all the liquid drains out of the boil and heals it quickly.
Treats A Headache
The analgesic properties of betel make it a good remedy for a headache. Chew betel leaves, drink the juice or apply its oil on the temples to relax the nerves and get rid of the pain associated with a headache.
Treats A Cough
Betel leaf contains compounds that can loosen the phlegm in the chest and help in draining it away. Chew betel leaves or drinking some betel juice mixed with honey helps in getting rid of a cough and other respiratory problems.