Did you knew, Maghai Paan prevents cancer, ulcers & improves digestion ? Grow it at home.
It is valued both as a mild stimulant and for its medicinal properties. Betel leaf is mostly consumed in Asia, and elsewhere in the world by some Asian emigrants, as betel quid or paan, always with tobacco, in an addictive psycho-stimulating and euphoria-inducing formulation with adverse health effects.
The betel plant is an evergreen and perennial creeper, with glossy heart-shaped leaves and white catkin. The betel plant originated from South and South East Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka).
Betel Leaf is a shade-loving, subtropical vine in the same plant family as black pepper and kava. It has glossy, heart-shaped leaves and needs to be grown on a stake or trellis. It prefers moist soil in a partially sunlit location
Paan is being chewed upon since thousands of years. The use of betel leaf can be traced as far back as two thousand years and it is described in the most ancient historic book of Sri Lanka, Mahavasma, written in Pali.
Grow & care
- Any good well draining soil will do.
- Plants require moderate humidity - they will not do well if grown in a very windy exposed spot.
- Avoid direct sunlight as this will scorch the leaves.
- Keep the soil moint (but not soggy) at all times.
- Can be used as a ground cover, on moss sticks, in hanging baskets, in raised beds etc.
According to ayurveda it contains :
- Gunna (properties) – tikshan (sharp), ruksh (dry) and laghu light
- Rasa (taste) - katu (pungent) and tickta (bitter)
- Virya (potency) – ushan (hot)
Betel leaf has been used from ancient times as an aromatic stimulant and anti-flatulent. It is useful in arresting secretion or bleeding and is an aphrodisiac. Its leaf is used in several common household remedies.
- Chewing betel leaves Improves digestion.
- Betel leaf prevents carcinogenesis in the oral cavity.
- Betel Leaf helps control bad breath.
- Betel leaf may aid in treating gastric ulcers.
- It also helps in curing boils.
- Aid in curing constipation.