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Botanical Names Aegle marmelos (Corr.)
English Name Bel, Bengal Quince, Wood Apple, Golden Apple
Telugu Name Muredu
Family Rutaceae.
Aegle marmelos

Plant a bel and please Shiva

One can survive by consuming the fruit juice of amalaki only.

Bestower of kingdoms
The orthodox Hindus circumambulate the bilva or bel tree before they attempt any new venture as it is considered to be a tree auspicious to Lord Shiva and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. It is belived that success in the venture will be assured by doing so.
There is a legendary tale of Vasuman, the king of the Videhas, who is said to have regained his lost kingdom by circumambulating the bel tree in the temple at Trividaimaruthur.

The tree is native to India. The Yajur Veda makes a reference to bel fruit. Charaka Samhita recognizes its medicinal potential.

The Root
In Bastar, the tribals use the infusion of roots in the treatment of toxic fevers. The ancient Ayurvedic texts also prescribe the roots as a good restorative tonic. The bel root forms one of the ten precious ingredients of the group of dasmoolah (ten-roots), a most popular formulation. The anti-bacterial potentiality of the bel root has been confirmed recently.

The Leaves
The leaves make excellent poultices for the eyes. They are used to cure ulcers, hypertension, jaundice, headache, nausea and pitta-aggravations. They are used as poultices in gangrene and inflammations. The leaf juice is administered to diabetics and is found to cure both colds and fever.

Home Remedies

High blood pressure Finely powder dried bel leaves and store in a jar. Dissolve 1/2 to 1 tsp of this powder in 1 teacup water and boil. Cool and filter and drink thrice a day.

Finely grind some bel leaves. Take 1 tsp of this paste along with a pinch of black pepper and follow with 1 teacup buttermilk thrice a day.

Constipation, dyspepsia, mouth ulcer Mix the pulp of a rip fruit with jaggery and eat once a day.
Ulcer in mouth/stomach Mix 1 teacup pulp with 1 tsp sugar and eat early morning on an empty stomach for 3 days.
Piles Take an unripe fruit and pound it along with 1 tsp each dried ginger and saunf and soak these in 4 teacups water. sip this water 3 to 4 times a day.
Fever, malaria Extract 1 tsp each juice from tulsi leaves and bel flowers. Add 1 tsp honey. Take twice a day.
Eye disease, redness in eyes Pluck a handful of tender leaf buds and roast in mud pot. Tie them in a muslin cloth and apply on eyelids, when bearably warm.
Watery sperm Soak 1/4 tsp bel gum in glass of water overnight. Drink the water early next morning.
Asthma Chew a bel leaf along with 3 or 4 black peppercorns early in the morning. 1 teacup warm milk can also be taken. Continue for 30-40 days.
Pox, smallpox Mix 1 tbsp pulp of the ripe fruit (after removing fibres and seeds) in 1 teacup cow's milk (boiled and cooled) and drink.
Body weakness Mix 1 tbsp pulp of ripe fruit with 1 tsp palmyrah candy (or sugar) and eat frequently.

A word of caution
Excess intake of bel produces atony of the intestine causing flatulence and a sensation of heaviness.
Bel pulp should be chewed thoroughly and it should not be gulped down. If taken hurriedly, it may cause a sensation of heaviness.
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