Curry leaf - other uses

Curry leaf is mainly a culinary plant and is cultivated as an ornamental throughout South Asia. It also has a few lesser-known uses in South Asia too.


The wood is greyish-white, hard, close-grained and durable. It has been used to make agricultural tools.


Fresh leaves are steam distilled to produce an oil which is used for the production of soap.

A photograph of solid oil made from the leaves of the curry plant from Kew's Economic Botany Collection.
Image: Solid oil made from curry leaves.

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