10 Medicinal Uses for Betel Leaves

Betel leaves are widely used in ayurvedic treatments.

Many people think that betel leaves damage health and one myth is that it leads to oral cancer. But it is not true. Rather it cures many ailments if used in proper way.

Betel leaves are widely used in ayurvedic treatments.



In olden days, men used to chew betel leaves with betel nut, cardamom, clove and other spices when given by their wives after meals. This is considered to induce romantic feelings. This is also used by many people now as a mouth freshener.

Cold and chest congestion

Soak the betel leaf in mustard oil and warm over fire, and then keep on the chest. You can get relief form cold and chest congestion.

Perspiration and menstrual odor

Boil two cups of water and add 5 leaves and boil until water becomes one cup. Drink this tea to get relief from perspiration and menstrual odor. It also makes the gums and teeth strong.


Betel leaf juice if taken with milk and honey eases the urination.

Aids in digestion

When consumed after meals it induces the salivary juices and peristaltic movements and helps in easy digestion.


Apply the crushed leaf on the inflamed part to get instant relief. It is very effective in treating arthritis.

Sore throat

Take the crushed leaves with honey to get relief from sore throat. You can also get relief by applying the leaf on the throat.


It is a common practice in many Asian countries to use this for treating the stool problem of kids. Apply castor oil on the leaf and warm it up lightly; then keep this leaf on the stomach of the kids. This is also helpful in treating their stomach-aches.


The juice of these leaves works as a powerful balm in treating the headaches. Apply the juice on forehead to treat all types of headaches.


Apply the juice of betel leaves on wounds to cure them fast. If the wound is bleeding tie the leaf with turmeric to stop the bleeding.


1. Do not chew the betel leaves with tobacco as it leads to cancer.

2. Do not over eat the leaves to prevent oral ulcers, cancers and dental caries.

3. Use this for medicinal purpose only.

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  1. Very useful information! In the Philippines some people chew this betel with tobacco and some other stuff (they call nganga). Thanks for sharing this, useful indeed.

  2. Very helpful information! Very informative!

  3. I came across this leaf while in India I think. Is it used for wrapping betel nut also?


  4. I’m all for ayurvedic treatment, not to discredit Western medicine though. I went thru ayurvedic treatment for myoma and I’ve never been better. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for a very helpful article.

  6. Filipinos in the most remote villages still chew betel leaf.

  7. Very useful. We have it also in Indonesia. Like in the Philliphines, many elder still chew this leaf.

  8. Thanks for the information, valli. I am not familiar with Betel leaves and found your article very interesting.

  9. Wonderful information, and interesting to know the medical uses for betel leaves!

  10. Good article. Great research with some valuable information. Well done.

  11. Betel leaf is also know as Pan,but i never knew about all the facts you mentioned,Indeed a good one!!!

  12. Great research here, my friend.

  13. Thanks everyone for reading and commenting.

  14. I use betel leaf as tea everyday.a cup a day just nice.

  15. very helpful and interesting. This plant can be useful in many ways.

  16. Any Tamil cultural celebrations table is prepared with the
    ” Leaves are spread over in circular shape and betel nuts are heaped on it. Over these ripen Bananas are layed with some flowers on top.Joys stickes are pierced onto the banana. Two oil lamps are litten on both sides.”
    Also after a meal Batel nut, leave,cinnamon,lime,and some sweetened coconut flowers traped and eaten.Specialy wife gives to husband in intimate situations.
    Also when visiting elders Betel leaves are offered as respect.

  17. i really feel a grea pleasure for these leaves. please continue being in touch with me, on new discoveries.

  18. In one statement it says it doesnt cause oral cancer then at the bottom under caution it says not to chew too much as it can lead to cancer, be consistent with your information and use factual information evidence based information. This is missleading and is very dangerous.

  19. @JD
    Thanks for your scrutiny.. but you should have been a bit more thorough in understanding what was written.. Eating them in combination with tobacco leads to cancer, or over eating them can lead to ulcers, which in turn will lead to cancer if you dont stop eating them. Meanwhile, all the other points I have mentioned refer to a minimal usage of betel leaves. Remember that too much of anything is bad. And, if you are not able to comprehend something, you should try asking first!

    Thanks everyone for their comments!

  20. Nice One I Like to use it.

  21. Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts.

  22. betel leaf is good minus tobacco, arecanuts and chunam which causes oral cancer if u are a habitual.

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