Bael Fruit - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: : Aegle marmelos
Indian Name :: Bel and Siriphal
Other English Names :: Stone Apple and Bengal Quince
The bael occupies an important place among the indigenous fruits of India It is a woody and smooth food which is 5 to 15 cm in diameter. It has numerous seeds, which are densely covered with fibrous hairs and are embedded in a thick aromatic pulp The flesh is either eaten fresh or dried.
Origin and Distribution
The bael tree is indigenous to India. The history of this tree has been traced to Vedic period-2000 BC - 800 Be. The mention of bael fruit has been made in Yajur Veda. The tree has great mythological significance, and it abounds in the vicinity of temples. It is held sacred by the Hindus and according to Hindu customs, the leaves of the tree are traditionally used as sacred offering to Lord Shiva, who is believed to live under bael tree.
The bael fruit is grown throughout India as well as in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand and most of the south east Asian countries.
An analysis of the bael fruit shows it is rich in mineral and vitamin contents. The sherbet made out of this fruit has all the important nutrients and health growing ingredients. It should be thick and syrupy enough to be taken with spoon and it should be thoroughly masticated. If taken hurriedly, it may produce heaviness in the stomach. The bael fruit should also not be taken in excess at a time as excessive intake of bael may produce a sensation of heaviness in the stomach and may cause gastric discomfort.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
The bael tree is one of the most useful medicinal plants of India Its medicinal properties have been described in. the ancient medical treatise in Sanskrit, Charaka Samhita All the parts of this tree including stem, bark, root, leaves and fruit at all stages of maturity has medicinal virtues and has been used as traditional medicine for a long time.
The fruit is of considerable medicinal value when it just begins to ripen The ripe fruit is aromatic, astringent which helps construction of skin, coolant and laxative The unripe or half-ripe fruit is astringent, digestive stomachic which improves appetite and anti scorbutic, i.e. which helps to fight scurvy caused due to vitamin C deficiency.
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