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Updated on November 8, 2016

How to taste Betel Leaf

A very different kind of herb

Dried Betel nut.
Dried Betel nut. | Source
Betel leaf and Betel Nut ready to  chew on.
Betel leaf and Betel Nut ready to chew on. | Source
Betel leaf and Betel nut preparation.
Betel leaf and Betel nut preparation. | Source
Comfrey Plant
Comfrey Plant | Source
Comfrey flower
Comfrey flower | Source

Betel Leaf oil

Herbal Benefits

The greater interests in herbal plants have improved my knowledge to other avenues.

My mother had an ulcer venous sore for many years, and I tried to help find a way to heal her pain but to no avail.

After several purchases of different creams, ointments, and gels I finally found Comfrey.

A unique herbal plant that healed sores with its poisonous chemicals.

I was amazed to find such an intriguing gel.

The unusual name and I have seen this plant growing up in the mountain close to my home. The gel worked through the unbearable venous sore.

From the inside, and the ankle sore has shown great improvement during the daily use of the gel.

A plant that uses chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids.

The rhizome is used to make the actual medicine.

The age of the Comfrey plant is targeted before the harvesting is approached.

  • The prickly Comfrey or the Russian Comfrey is known to be more poisonous.

Symphytum asperum is known as the prickly Comfrey and the Russian Comfrey is known as the Symphytum x uplandicum.

These are the kinds that are available for the healing of the varicose veins sore.

The ulcer sore does not just disappear it takes a while if the person affected has diabetes or has a family history of varicose veins.

You can use Comfrey tea for and for that not so good feeling tummy.

Women who have heavy menstrual problems can drink Comfrey tea to ease such issues.

Comfrey tea is beneficial for many ailments such as:

Diarrhea or for bloody urine.

When you have a problem with ulcers internally.

A respiratory issue like bronchitis.

Angina or chest pains.

If you suffer from painful breathing.

A prevention for cancer.

Gum diseases are driven away when Comfrey tea is used as a simple gargle.

Also, a sore throat can be relieved with Comfrey tea.

Used on wounds, or on the skin for the problem of ulcers. When you experience joint inflammation or bruises Comfrey plant is very helpful to all such problems.

Ever heard of phlebitis?

The Comfrey gel can be applied onto the veins or affected area to show good results.

The poisonous chemicals in the Comfrey plant healed sores or wounds as mentioned above. The gel once applied onto the affected area starts to heal in reducing the inflammation and a new skin is formed on the wound.

The poisonous chemicals can be absorbed by the skin.


I discovered Harlemensis when my partner had problems with kidney stones. He was in pain and the look on his face told me everything of that terrible ordeal.

Pacing up and down the room in such agony and I looked helplessly not knowing how to stop his agonizing pain.

When the doctor arrived I was told to get my partner to the hospital immediately, as the kidney stones have got to be removed as soon as possible.

Once that was taken care of we were told by the doctor that my partner should have Harlemensis twice daily diluted in water.

It is a bitter tasting medicine but worked wonders.

Urinary tract infections and bladder infections can be resolved with Harlemensis.

If you are sensitive to the dose stop it right away!

When taken over the actual limit one can be faced with gastrointestinal irritation.

The feeling of vomiting or nausea can pop up. Also, diarrhea can be present in such cases.

If taken in large doses one can have respiratory failure or convulsions.

Take only if you need to. Add two to three drops in a quarter of glass of water.

Allergic reactions to Harlemensis can be noticed such as itchiness and a rash.

A few drops per day can help you with upper urinary tractions.

Harlemensis heals open wound sores and is sometimes used to wash down there for any infections.

Some women can put a few drops of Harlemensis on a sanitary towel when they have an infection or on a pad.

The Older Pandanus leaf is a South Asian plant and herb.

Found in the Asian region and is famous for its leaves just like the Slingerberry tree is popular for the great benefits of its leaves.

The leaves are used only when fresh and for the green color in cuisines(not the Slingerberry leaves).

I have found my interest in unusual herbs and plant healing properties since 1997.

I have learned so much more from all the herbs I have grown and had noticed around me.

Learning never stops and reading has improved my knowledge over the years. I have thus far enjoyed the learning experiences.

Herbs have healing properties only if taken in large doses will you have unpleasant effects, like a rash, an upset stomach or diarrhea.

Betel Leaf and Betel Nut

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Betel Leaf and Nut Benefits

Betel Leaf and Betel Nut

I was taken aback while watching a documentary on Betel Leaf and Betel Nut.

I am Indian and going back to my childhood years for as long as I can remember the uses of Betel Leaf and Betel Nut had been in my culture for centuries.

I had no idea of the many uses and benefits until I grew older and much wiser.

It is definitely one of the most unusual herbs from around the world and little did I know of why the elders used the combination of Betel Leaf and Betel Nut.

I did see the red colored watery stuff sometimes dripping out of their mouths and how they wiped it off. I still remained in the dark of not knowing more.

I learned that in India the Betel Leaf and Beetle Nut certainly plays a huge role since ancient times.

You are looking at way back in time from the 400 BC. I was amazed to see how Indians have used this herb from such a long time ago.

While so young and watching the elders chew on the Betel leaves and the Betel nut, that did not mean much to me at that time.

My new discoveries of the Betel Leaf and Betel Nut had got me talking away.

The Betel Leaf is used for many ailments:

Gladly, it is used as a stimulant, as an antiseptic, a breath freshener and the Betel nut has been used as an aphrodisiac.

I feel another interest has crept up my sleeve.

The skill is practiced daily by the elders and the combination of the leaf and nut can also be spiced for better flavor.

Ancient times had no proper evidence of this herb having anything to do with oral cancer prevention. Though when tested on mice when the different types of cancer occurred in these creatures it was known that the tumors did not reoccur. The Betel Leaf had helped to avoid such tumors from reoccurring. The Betel nut did not help out as the Betel Leaf did for the tests on mice.

Interestingly enough the benefits of the Betel Leaf and Betel Nut is still tremendously helpful to many individuals.

In humans the tests are not enough to prove for the actual benefits.

I have noticed the differences in the elders who chewed on Betel Leaf and Betel Nut. These people were healthier and did not seek medical help as much as those who did not eat the heart-shaped green herbal leaf and Nut.

My increasing interest herbs and of the different spices from around the world is improving daily. After my recent discoveries I decided to continue writing and learning through my thorough research of the all different herbal remedies and of the uses too.

The health benefits are enormous and I am so glad to have chosen this unique subject.

I am intrigued by the information gathered on the many subjects of the natural healing of these products.

In time I know I will discover more. I do enjoy learning and will always look forward to another new discovery of herbs.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      poetryman6969 me too thank you for sharing that thought I appreciate you stopping by

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am hoping that more study can be done on these herbs and that they can eventually be incorporated into medicine.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi vespawoolf thank you very much for stopping by. I am glad you learned more about Comfrey.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      We are familiar with comfrey in North America, but betel nut is unknown there. I didn´t realize comfrey could be used for phlebitis, but I did know it offers anti inflammatory properties. Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      vespawoolf I have great interest in herbal teas and herbal medicinal plants my focus is on any different herb the benefits of many or overwhelming thank you for stopping by.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love to use natural remedies but hadn´t heard of Betel Leaf or comfrey. I´m not sure if they´re available in Peru, but it sounds like they have many medicinal properties. Maybe one day I´ll have a chance to give them a try. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nadine I enjoy learning more about the unique herbs and my recent discoveries have taught me lots thank you for stopping by

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great post on the use of our natural medicines in our garden. I only drink herbal teas and comfrey leaves were always used if my kids hurt themselves.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness so true and I have a much greater interest in herbs since personal experience. My knowledge has improved lots after thorough on the various unique herbs. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I use a lot of herbs, but mainly for cooking. Herbal medicine can be very effective, but they must be used with care. The betel sounds interesting, we can learn much from ancient medicine. Useful hub very informative.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. I have greater interest in all unique herbs and plan to expand on this information in book form. Thank you for the vote up, interesting and useful I appreciate your presence at my hubs.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      hi Devika, fantastic article just up my street. Love the images that accompanied the excellent and informative text. Natures medicine may take time but there is none better. Voted up,useful,interesting and beautiful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      teaches12345 I am so glad you came by I have developed a major interest in all unique herbs due to personal experiences thank you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring interesting about the Betel leaf oil you can try on this link: though rather expensive and other online stores do sell the oil like on this link: Originally the oil is from India. or you can try this link: Thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora, indeed new to me at least the Comfrey herb but I had an idea of the Betel Leaf and Betel Nut.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi word55, I too enjoy the fresh herbs thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc Thank you kindly for stopping by

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I could have used the comfrey tea when I had the flu last month. I have not heard of most of these remedies and I thank you for highlighting their benefits. It is always good to know what herbs can be used to increase health and wellness.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was amazed to learn of the many herbs and their healing ability. Where can I buy betel leaf oil? Thank you for sharing this....

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for introducing these herbs--all new to me. I appreciate the information.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      This is great info Devika, I use various herbs every day. I usually juice them . Fresher ones seem to be even better . Thank you for sharing this!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I hadn't heard of all of these. Thanks for the information.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe in the health benefits of herbs. Thank you for some great information.