Wood Apple (Aegle Marmelos, Bael Fruit, Bengal Quince, Elephant Apple, Bilva, Bel, बेल ):
Smash it on the Floor to Break it Open – Mix it up –Stir with water – Drink The Healthy Juice! You May use a Cotton Cloth or Strainer to Filter The Juice, if it is Too Fibrous for you to Drink it.
Properties – Gunas: Wood Apple – बेल is Bitter, Pungent and Astringent in Taste. It is Light and Dry. Virya is ‘Hot. Vipaka is ‘Pungent’. Pacifies Vata & Kapha, and does not Vitiate Pitta (V-P=K-).
But, as we are Consuming This (Along with Other Fruits) in Our Breakfast, it Would Not Vitiate Pitta.
Bio-Chemically: It contains Mucilage, Sugar Tannic Acid, Pectin, and Essential Volatile Oils (Thymol). It also contains Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Silica and Phosphates of Lime and Iron. It also consists of Few Vitamins.
Medicinally: The leaf, fruit and the root of the plant have Anti-Tumour, Anti-Viral, Anti-Biotic and Anti-Microbial Property. It is very useful in chronic diarrhoea and dysentery. Half-Ripe Bael is Carminative, Anti-Pyretic and restores strength in the body. The Bark and the Roots have Anti-Inflammatory Properties, whereas, the Leaves are Anti-Diabetic. It increases lactation, Effective in Fighting Diabetes and is Good for Eye-care. It is a Liver, Kidney and Cardiac Tonic.
Ripe fruit is a very good laxative (For chronic constipation, eat the ripe fruit continuously for a period of 2 months, to completely clear all the ‘AMA’ of the body).
Few Medicinal Usage:
- Chronic diarrhoea and dysentery (Due Presence of Pectin – A Polysaccharide – Carbohydrate): Open up the fruit and eat up the inner pulp, morning, empty stomach.
- Diabetes: Chew 8-10 leaves of Bael fruit daily, empty stomach.
- Skin allergy: The fruit Pulp to be Eaten-Drunk in Morning Breakfast, and used as a body Cleanser instead of Soaps.
- Conjunctivitis: Make Wood Apple Leaves Paste, Apply it on Eyes, Let it be for some time, Wash off with Water.
In case fresh fruit is not available, Dried Bael Pulp is available in the packaged form.
Contra-Indications: None Known, but in excess May cause Distention-Flatulence.