Tamarind has a botanical name of Tamarindus indica and was known for its culinary, medicinal, ornamental uses and as an economic dye.
Due to its many health benefits, tamarind can be included in your daily diet to improve your overall health and keep you healthy.
Health Benefits Of Tamarind Leaves
Treatment Of Fever
Tamarind leaves tea decoctions were known to be given to individuals suffering from chills and fever.
Dry Cough Treatment
You can use tamarind leaves and sage leaves in treating a dry cough.
Set ½ tamarind leaves and sage leaves. Use 4 cups of water in boiling the two types of leaves. Boil the mixture until you have the remaining 1 cup mixture. Filter the mixture and drink it while still warm.
Treatment Of Wounds
Tamarind leaves have antiseptic properties. Extract the juice from the leaves and apply on your wounds to heal it faster.
The juice accelerates the generation of new cells and prevents parasitic growth and any other infections.
Treatment Of Malaria
Malaria is caused by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. Several types of research found out that extracts from tamarind leaves can help inhibit the growth of Plasmodium falciparum, a unicellular protozoan parasite carried by the mosquito that causes malaria.
Treatment For Diabetes
Various compounds found in tamarind can help improve the function and performance of the liver. If you suffer from high levels of sugar in your blood or from diabetes, you can use the leaves of the tamarind to increase insulin levels in your body. Aside from this, you may also be spared from jaundice as the tamarind leaves may help refine the performance of bile in the blood.
How to Select Tamarind Leaves
Tamarind leaves are available in fresh and dried form.
Fresh Tamarind leaves
Fresh tamarind leaves are used as a paste, tempering or whole in various dishes. The fresh leaves should not be wilted and should be in light green color.
Dried Tamarind Leaves
Tamarind leaves are dried under the sun or commercially using driers in order to increase their shelf life. You need to soak the leaves in water and the extract can then use for culinary purposes.
How To Store Tamarind Leaves
Fresh tamarind leaves should be refrigerated and consumed within a week. For the dried leaves, it can be used for months. Just store it in an airtight container.