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Guide To Betel Leaf Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Betel leaf essential oil is steam distilled from from the leaves of the Piper betle vine. This perennial plant with heart-shaped leaves is native to India and other parts of South Asia. Ayurvedic medicine has long used the plant's leaves, which are a main ingredient in Indian paan, a traditional preparation used as a mouth freshener and digestive aid.

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Plant family: Piperaceae

Aroma: Pungent and spicy.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Top to middle.

Is betel leaf safe to use during pregnancy? Probably not. Consult a professional.

Is betel leaf essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.

Cautions: Low risk of skin sensitization.

Main components:

  • safrole   6.5–45.3%
  • eugenol 20.5–33.2%
  • alpha-terpinyl acetate 6.8–11.0%

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Betel Leaf Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice: Betel leaf is a catalyst for balancing the ego, radically shifting form, and releasing consciousness from matter. The oil supports the third and fifth chakras.

Use this essential oil to release inner information that you can use for dynamic action in the outer world, to facilitate information flow from the unconscious to the conscious, and to spark epiphanies. The oil may help:

  • Relieve stress headaches related to overthinking
  • Support both internal and external change
  • Deal with either overinflated or diminished ego
  • Create life balance

See the book for more details, including using the oil with archetypes.

Utama Spice: Piper betle essential oil may help relieve pain, including headaches, back pain, joint pain, and other rheumatic pains. Mix a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil to massage onto the painful area. Other suggested uses:

  • To help relieve cough, congestion, cold, or flu, diffuse the oil: make a stream inhalation, or use a massage blend on the chest.
  • For digestive issues such as loss of appetite, constipation, acidity, or heartburn: use a blend for abdominal massage.
  • To help improve negative moods and feelings: diffuse betel leaf or make a bath oil to calm and relax.

Veda Oils: You can use betel leaf in hair care blends to reduce dandruff and help prevent hair loss, in aromatherapy skin care products for acne and scars, and in personal care products such as hand washes and soap.

Betel leaf research at PubMed.

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