Skip to main content

Top 15 Benefits of Betel Leaf. Methods to grow and store Betel Leaves explained.

Introduction :
Betel leaves has a significant traditional importance in every Indian household. Festivals is incomplete without the presence of betel leaves . We complete the food with betel leaves on certain occasions as it helps in digestion. Along with helping in digestion there are other benefits. Here in this blog, I am listing out few health benefits of betel leaves. Note that I am referring to plain betel leaves and not the betel nuts used with betel leaves.

1. Nutritive values :

Betel leaves is rich in 
Vitamin C , 
Vitamin B1 (thiamine), 
Vitamin B3 (niacin), 
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin )
It is also a great source of  minerals like

2. Reduces blood glucose levels :

It has anti diabetic properties as it reduces blood glucose levels. Betel leaves fights the oxidative stress due to its antioxidant property lowering the blood glucose levels. 

white One Touch at 6.7 remote

3. Prevents cancer :

Chewing betel leaves helps in prevention of oral cancer as it contains alot of anti oxidants. Anti oxidants neutralise the effects of free radicals and inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
Note :
 However, eating betel leaves combined with betel nuts and tobacco posses a risk of oral cancer. 

Cancer, Newspaper, Word, Magnifier, Magnifying Glass

4. Lowers Cholesterol :

Studies have found betel leaves decrease LDL (low density Lipoprotein) and VLDL (Very low density Lipoprotein) which is bad cholesterol and increase  HDL ( High density Lipoprotein).

5. Aids in weight loss  :

Betel leaves increases the metabolic rate and thus helping in weight loss. 

6. Can treat gastric pain :

Eating betel leaves after food helps in digestion and reduces acidity and gastric pain. It also prevents bloating.
Abdominal Pain, Pain, Appendicitis, Bloating

7. Heals wounds :

Betel leaves is used in Ayurveda to treat wounds. It helps in wound healing process.

Wound, Wounds, Wounded, Injured, Bandita, Cure, Baby

8. Reduces mouth ulcers :

Betel leaves reduces the mouth ulcers . It also acts as mouth freshener.

9. Reduces kidney related ailments :

If you are suffering from dysuria (Pain while passing urine ), and have bladder related problems chewing betel leaves .

How to use :
Extract the betel leaves juice and mix it with diluted milk and drink. Betel leaf juice has diuretic properties which eases  urination relieving dysuria and other bladder related problems.

Man Holding Hot Water Bag

10. Relieves headache :

Betel leaves has analgesic properties. Make a paste of betel leaves and apply on forehead for relief from headache.

Women in White Turtle Neck Shirt and Red Lipstick

11. Promotes hunger :

Chewing betel leaves is shown to improve the appetite. It increases the hunger as it helps in digestion.

Woman In Blue Dress Eating

12. For lactating mothers :

Betel leaves is given for lactating mothers as it is rich source of calcium. 

13. Cures dry cough and bronchitis:

Betel leaves has anti histamanic effect which decreases the cough and eases breathing.  The anti inflammatory action on the constricted bronchioles in asthmatics may be relieved.

How to use : 
Chew betel leaves along with a black pepper corn at night . 

For children :
Extract the juice of betel leaves and mix it with honey and give it to children .
Note :
 Honey should never be given to infants upto 1 year. And home remedies is not for infants upto 1 year.

Disease, The Common Cold, Flu, Medicine, Health, Shawl

14. Good for skin :

Since betel leaves is rich in antioxidants it is good for skin. It can cure pimples too. 
How to use :
  • Boil the betel leaves in water and wash the face with the water once cooled.
  • Make a paste of betel leaves and apply it on the face.

15. Treats depression :

Magnesium content in betel leaves helps in treating depression.  The phenolic compounds in betel leaves releases catecholamines which promotes the sense of well being.  
Greyscale Photography of Woman Wearing Long-sleeved Top

These were the uses of betel leaves.  If you know few more uses please leave in your comments in the comment section. 

How to grow betel leaves :

You can plant it in pot . It requires loamy soil , slightly damp and not water logged therefore ensure that the water drains off in the pot and keep the pot in partial shade.

How to store betel leaves :

Betel leaves is best eaten fresh.

If you want to store for 2 days you can wrap in moist cotton cloth .

If you wish to refrigerate wrap in paper and the  store .

Varieties of betel leaf :

There are few  varieties of betel leaves. Choose the dark leaves which is bit spicy in taste as it is rich in medicinal properties compared to the lighter coloured ones.


Betel leaves has  a lot of significant health benefits . Eat this leaves in moderation like two times a week. However, eating this plain leaf is  not harmful but when it is mixed with betel nuts , tobacco it becomes addictive and may lead to cancer.
If you are not exposed to this leaf may be because it is not grown in your region or other factors perform a patch test and make sure you aren't allergic to this leaf and include it in your lifestyle.

Thank you,

Divya Lokesh.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Top 10 Foods For Healthy Eyes and Eye Care Tips..

Introduction : Eyes is a vital sense organ and we face lot of eye related disorders these days due to many factors , it may be genetical factor which we cannot prevent but life style changes can prevent age related macular degeneration by healthy intake of food rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, leutin, zeaxanthin, beta carotene , omega 3 fatty acids. Let us go through some of the foods which help us to improve our eyesight. 1. Fish : Certain fish mainly oily fish are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which helps in vision. Fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon ,sardine comes into this list. 2. Eggs : Egg yolks have vitamin A content which is beneficial for our eyes. Apart from it , it is packed with proteins,antioxidants like leutin, zeaxanthin which prevents chronic eye diseases. 3. Carrots: We were told that eat carrot as it is good for your eyes since we were child. Yes , carrots contain beta carotene which helps to protect our vision. The beta carotene in carrot

7 simple kitchen changes towards healthier you..

We all want to lead a healthy life. We have to put in some efforts to do this .  Here are 5 simple kitchen lifestyle changes u can make in a step to healthier life.. 1. Store water in copper pitcher or copper vessel : Avoid plastic bottles and use steel or copper bottles . Copper is vital mineral ,drinking from copper vessel gives the mineral to our body. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant , anti inflammatory properties. Make sure to wash and dry and keep the copper vessel clean. 2. Use earthen pots to store water in summer : Drinking water from clay pots in summer prevents heat stroke. 3. Replace the plastic water bottle and lunch boxes with steel : These days fancy plastic lunch boxes for kids are available , but ditch the plastic and use other safe option like steel. 4. Take steel spoon with u : When u eat out , the plastic spoons are used . Use steel spoon for your healthier life and also environmental health. 5. Replace A

Tulsi -12 medicinal values, ways to use and when to avoid.

Tulsi, scientifically called as Ocimum tenuiflorum holds a special place in many Indian households. It is called as Holy basil. The medicinal benefits are huge and our ancestors have made it ritual to plant in every household. This ritual is great as we can reap the benefits of tulsi which is available in our house.  Medicinal values of tulsi : Improves Immunity : It has natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties . It strengthens our immune system. Therefore, our ancestors use to give water in which tulsi leaves are added and boiled to drink, for people with fever. Relieve Stress : Stress is common in today's modern world. Tulsi has anti-oxidant effect which eliminates the free radicals and maintains cortisol level in our body thus relieving stress. Relieves GERD : Biting tulsi leaves after food relieves GERD (Gastrointestinal Re flux Disease). People with digestion issues can rely on tulsi leaves. Reduces Blood sugar levels : It is found that tulsi leav