Essential Oils

Curry Leaf Oil

Obtained from a “sub-tropical tree” is an essential oil known as Curry Leaf Oil. This oil is extracted from “Curry Tree” belonging to the “Murraya koenigii” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is renowned for its “aromatic” flavour, and is extracted by using the “steam distillation” process. This oil is also commonly used in the manufacturing of soap, body lotions, body fragrance, perfumes, bath and massage oils etc. In addition, this oil also known to possesses anti-diabetic properties.

A. Chemical constituents of the Curry Leaf Oil:

This oil is extracted from a “sub-tropical tree” called Curry which belongs to “Murraya koenigii” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil comprises of several organic compounds such as alkaloids, mahanimbine, grinimbine, carbazole alkaloids, and cinnamaldehyde.

B. The uses and benefits of the Curry Leaf Oil:

There are a number of benefits to using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Antimicrobial:

This oil possesses an “antimicrobial” property which enables the inhibition of the growth of microorganisms, and thereby serves as an antimicrobial agent.

2. Antifungal:

This oil when used is capable of destroying a variety of fungal species, and thereby serves as an antifungal agent.

3. Antioxidant:

This oil also comprises of an “antioxidant” property, helps contracting muscles and tissues and thus enables the strengthening of hair.

4. Anti-diabetic:

It also consist of a property that helps maintaining the glucose levels in the blood in an individual suffering from diabetes mellitus, and thereby serve as an anti-diabetic.

5. Carminative:

This oil possesses a property that helps resolving the issue of flatulence i.e. gas formation within the GI system, and thereby serves as a carminative.

C. The adverse effects of the Curry Leaf Oil:

There are a number of adverse effects that could occur on using this oil. They are as follows:

  1. This oil when used can be harmful to individuals possessing history of allergies, and hence they must avoid using this oil.
  2. The use of this oil could severely harm pregnant women, and hence they must avoid using it.

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