How To Make Curry Leaves Tea For Hair Growth
3 different recipes and step-by-step how-to for making a traditional curry leaf tea. Condiments to improve the taste. Safety precautions
Is curry leaf tea good for hair growth? This is a common question. Curry leaves or Murraya Keonigii (as "learned men call it with clumsy names") is truly a miracle plant that contains a whole lot of health benefits. In addition to the presence of essential oils, fresh curry leaves contain chlorophyll, beta carotene & folic acid, riboflavin, calcium and zinc. Since zinc deficiency is one of the major causes of hair fall - it makes a lot of sense to drink curry leaf tea. Is it good to use curry leaf powder instead of common tea flakes? Can we make curry leaves tea from dried curry leaf powder? It is possible of course - tea is nothing but leaves of the tea plant boiled in water; similarly most herbal tea is just steeping the herbs in hot water. But the real difficulty is in making a good tea - a tea that is fragrant, preserves the nutrients in the herb and is also enjoyable to the palette. This is in fact our recipe #3.
To preserve vitamins and minerals, curry leaf powder (which is completely different from curry powder) should be prepared by shade drying of the leaves for several days until the moisture is completely gone and then powdered in a blender or mixie (as we Indians call it). No doubt this is cumbersome and is also not so great as the fresh leaf tea - but for completeness we will put it as recipe #3!
How does curry leaf tea taste? By itself curry leaf is pretty bland, has no taste but a good deal of aroma. In my opinion it tastes like greens in water! So we need to add some spice to it to drink it regularly.
What are the ingredients for curry leaf tea? I don't like the taste. What can I add? In theory, just water and fresh curry leaves. But in reality we need to add some aromatic spices like ginger, cardamom (pepper if you so like it) and tea leaves , and the tea sweetened with honey or unrefined sugar (jaggery) to bring out the aroma.
OK we talked about 3 recipes.. out with it now! Here we go
The first recipe is what I personally like a lot. (If you are diabetic please stick to honey and don't use jaggery)
Recipe #1 Ingredients
Water (200 ml - 250ml)
Fresh Curry Leaves (about 10 - 15 leaves large; this number depends on how strong you like your tea)
Ginger (a small bit - the size of a thumb)
Honey 1 tablespoon (or jaggery 1 tablespoon)
1 or 2 pods of cardamom (elaichi)
- Remove the curry leaves from the stems and wash them thoroughly in water - keep aside
- De-skin the ginger and chop it into small pieces - keep aside
- Heat the water in a stainless vessel on a hot plate or stove as you like it. Heating water is the most important step that makes or mars your tea (any tea for that matter). Water should be heated to around 70C (158-160 F) for preserving the aroma and essential oils in curry leaves. You can identify this by the exact time when water starts to swirl in the cup but not yet boiled. This is very much like making Japanese green tea. If you have overdone it and it is boiling, let it cool for some minutes - too much temperature will make the leaves kind of sterile (if you know what I mean)
- Put the leaves and ginger chops into it and steep for 3 minutes.. add cardamom pods 1 minute before usage.
- Strain the liquid using a tea strainer Add honey and stir well
- Sit in your favorite arm chair, put your feet up on a stool and then smell the aroma of your tea before you start enjoying it (this is most important!)
Recipe #2 This is a simpler recipe but equally good (probably healthier)
- Make a cup of your favorite green tea
- While the tea leaves are steeping, take some fresh curry leaves and add them to the green tea (you can also chop them before adding - makes it more aromatic)
- Steep and stain
- Add honey or lemon drops as you like it
Simple as it may sound this is an outstanding magic potion of antioxidants and very invigorating too. The taste of curry leaves is a lot more pronounced in this recipe (but like champagne it may need some time to get used to)
- Use curry leaf powder instead of tea leaves (I am not a big fan of this method because we have several curry leaf plants around our house)
What are the health benefits other than hair growth? Consuming curry leaves has an enormous lot of health benefits. They are an excellent source of Iron, Calcium, Vitamin A, B , B2 , C and beta-carotene.[ 1] Curry leaves benefit patients with stomach ulcers[ 2 ], type 2 diabetes [ 3 ], high cholesterol [4 ], obesity 5, fatty liver, cirrhosis and cancer. It is also excellent as a weight loss aid. There is a whole lot of research going into the benefits of various carbazole alkaloids present in curry leaves.
I am sold! But does it have any side effects or require safety precautions? Any one can be allergic to anything in this widely diverse world. Over a billion people eat curry leaves daily and are fine. So as long this tea does not cause any adverse reactions you can safely drink it 2 times a day.. prolonged use can deliver very good health benefits
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