bilva herb, Bael, is found wild all over the sub-Himalayan forests. It is sacred to Hindus and is the fruit offered to Lord Shiva (who is believed to live under the tree), one of the main Deities of Hinduism. The history of this tree has been traced to the Vedic period, about 2000 BC. The mention of the Bael fruit has been made in the Yajur Veda. This tree has great mythological significance and is grown abundantly around the vicinity of the temples. The bilva herb, which is indigenous to India, is one of the most useful medicinal plants in India. Bilwa is also considered to be an emblem of fertility. All parts of this tree have medicinal qualities. Bilwa contains volatile oils, pectin, and tannins. The wood-ash is rich in minerals and phosphates. The fruit is rich in riboflavin and is used in numerous products like candy, squash, toffee, slab, pulp powder, and nectar. Bilwa leaves and seed oil has pesticide properties.
bilva herb & Scientific Evidence For
This tree has anti-bilious, anti-parasitic, antipyretic, aphrodisiac, aromatic, alterative, astringent, digestive, stomachic, stimulant, tonic, and laxative properties. Fresh half ripe Bilwa fruit is used mainly for treating diarrhea, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and dysentery, but is also used for treating dyspepsia. The fruit is also good for nourishing the heart and brain. A decoction of the root and stem-bark is used for heart palpitations. The leaf juice is reported to be effective in helping control diabetes. Bilwa root is also used in treating diarrhea, and it is an effective antidote to snake venom. It also has wound healing properties. In homeopathy Bilwa is used in treating conjunctivitis and styes, rhinitis, coccygodynia (pain in the small triangular bone forming the lower extremity of the spinal column) and nocturnal seminal emission associated with amorous dreams.