Bilva fruit is botanically known as Aegle Marmelops, from the Bael Tree and is often called ‘Stone apple’ or Bilwa. Bilva fruit is a member of the citrus family. The tree itself is worshipped as Lord Shiva’s tree in India and its three-lobed leaves are used in the ceremonial worship of the deity.
Bael, also known as bilwa is a vital tree in Indian culture which is mostly planted around temples. This tree has many medicinal properties. The fruit is hard, woody and smooth with sweet flesh inside that can be consumed fresh or dried. They are also mixed with beverages and desserts with sugar or jaggery. Beal fruit, also known as wood apple, contains protein, beta-carotene, vitamins, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamin C.
- Bael for Tuberculosis: In Ayurveda, it is used for the treatment of tuberculosis.
- Bael for Gynecological disorders: The regular consumption of Bael helps to prevent gynecological related issues.
- Bael for Urinary diseases: Use of bel leads you to overcome the problems of urinary diseases.
- Bael for Diabetes prevention: It has bitter pungent, full of antioxidants and helps to stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin, which leads to lowering of blood sugar. The leaves can be used against diabetes.
- Bael for Digestive disorders: It supports intestinal biological formulations and protects the digestive system from ulceration, reduces the frequency of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), intestinal spasm thus beneficial in treating of dirrrhea, dysentery, and other infections of Elementary canal.
- Bael for Fever prevention: The leaf juice with honey is helpful in prevention of fever.
- Bael for Epilepsy: Flowers are uses as epilepsy tonic.
- Bael Nutritional facts: It is rich in alakloids, polysaccharides, antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin B, and many other bio-chemical substances. It also contains tannins, calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein and fiber. The 100 gram of Bael contains the following nutrients: Calorific value (137 Kcal), Moisture (61.5g), Protein (1.8g), Fat (.3g), Minerals (1.7g), Fiber (2.9g), Carb (31.8mg), Calcium (85mg), Phosphorous (50mg), Iron (.7mg), Beta carotene (55 UG), Thiamine (.13mg), Niacin (1.1mg), Vitamin C (8 mg), Potassium (600mg) and Copper (.21 mg).
- Bael for Piles treatment: The extract of unripe bel fruit is helpful in curing of piles and hemorrhoids.
- Bael fights ulcer: Due to its soothing effects on the digestive system, it leads to reduce the acidity level in the stomach thus useful in combating ulcers like gastric ulcers, gastrodudenal ulcers, etc.
- Its juice is used to make drink and squashes, especially in summer season because of its sweet and pleasant nature.
- Bael tender leaves are used as salads.
- It cleans the atmosphere as it helps to purify the atmosphere by absorbing the harmful gases from the it.
- It is used to increase appetite.
- Its extract oil is used to cure respiratory problems.
- It is used in the preparation of candy, squash, toffee, pulp powder, and other eatable products.