Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant which originates from Asia. It is also a common plant in some tropical parts of Australia, but it is the most present in the traditional recipes of Southeast Asia.
This is a sterile plant that can be propagated through cutting. Because of the strong aroma, pandan leaves are used as a mosquito repellent and they provide fragrance to the food they are added to.
Along the culinary properties of pandan leaves, they abound in many health benefits, such as:
- Reduce spasms and gastrointestinal cramps
- Provide energy to new mothers
- Reduce blood pressure
- Provide soothing and calming effects
- Lower fever
- Detoxify the body
Pandan leaves are popular for their ability to reduce pain. For this reason, they have been used for centuries in the traditional medicine as a remedy for oral problems and gum pain. The pain is gone simply by chewing some dried or fresh pandan leaves. A tea from boiled leaf can relieve chest pain, headaches, and earaches.
Pandan Leaves For Treating Arthritis
Arthritis is a very common type of joint inflammation that affects many people every year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of US, there are at least 50 million of adults who are affected by arthritis. This inflammation affects the ability to perform mundane tasks. Along the active and healthy lifestyle, there are some natural remedies that can ease the symptoms of arthritis.
One particular remedy includes pandan leaves.
These leaves can treat various pains and aches but are especially useful for arthritis pain. You can use pandan leaves in several ways:
1. Pandan Leaf Tea
Take a bunch of pandan leaves and put them in boiling water. Let them for 10 minutes and then simmer for 10 minutes. First, cool the tea and then drink it.
The pandan leaf tea can be used as a liniment. Add some coconut and apply the mixture on the affected areas.
It’s the tannin and essential oils that can reduce inflammation and pain. The pandan leaves do not have any side effect, so you can use them whenever you want.