Health benefits of Perilla Leaves

The health benefits and uses of Perilla Leaves, also known as Kkaennipp or Sesame Leaves.

1. Perilla leaves are part of the mint family. This herb has been used in Chinese medicine for many years as a natural remedy.

2. Perilla herb is very delicious and is often described to have an aromatic scent and tastes like a hybrid between basil, mint and anise. 3. It is now grown all over the world but can mostly be found in Korea, India, China and Japan.

4. Perilla is an excellent source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins A, C and K.

5. A paste can be made by mashing the leaves using a pestle and mortar. This can be eaten to treat nausea and morning sickness.

6. This Perilla leaves paste can also be used topically on the skin and will reduce skin irritation and itching.

7. The perilla leaves and seeds are often used to make perilla oil, which is an excellent source of linolenic acid which reduces inflammation in the body. The oil is also very tasty and works well to flavour all kinds of dishes.

8. You can also purchase perilla extract in pill or capsule form. This can be used to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies such as hayfever.

9. Perilla seed oil has been shown to improve lung function and can improve the breathing ability of asthma sufferers.

10. This oil is also used in many products to produce dyes, varnishes and inks.

11. The perilla plant itself is also a natural bug deterrent and is therefore excellent to grow in any herb garden.

12. They can be eaten raw, or cooked into delicious meals. They are commonly used in Korea as a wrap for rice and taste delicious when marinated in soy sauce.