Aegle marmelos; බෙලි
Aegle marmelos; Beli is a large tree with fruit-shell containing a yellow sweet pulp up to 13 m tall with slender drooping branches and rather open, irregular crown. Each of its part has a different use and different taste Flowers and tender leaves are used to make herbal tea.
Curativ Value Of Beli Tree
The fresh flower of the Beli tree (Aegle narmelos) is bound over the eye in Ophthalmia. An infusion of beli flower clears the sediment collected in the kidney. A hot poultice of the leaves can be applied to the eye in Ophthalmia.
A hot poultice of the beli leaves is applied on the head when in a delirium. The Same poultice is applied on the chest in acute bronchitis. The roots and the fruits are more commonly used in medicine. Beli root is on one of the ingredients in the DASAMUL (Ten medicine) decoction. The root bark is regarded as a corrector of the imbalance of water, and is prescribed as a decoction for continuous fever, melancholia and palpitation of the heart.
Both ripe and unripe beli fruits are used in medicine. The unripe or half ripe fruit is an astringent and aids to digestion. It is used in dysentery and in diarrhea. It is particularly useful in chronic diarrhea and in dysentery in children. It is a very effective remedy for irritation of the alimentary canal. As traditional medicine the half ripe fruit along with roasted rice is given for bleed in hemorrhoids. The fresh half ripe fruit can be sliced and dried in the sun. These are powdered and poured Like tea and taken every morning and evening as a drink in the case of bleeding piles. The ripe fruit is aromatic, cooling and laxative. The pulp of the half ripe fruit dried in the sun and powdered can be given with treacle for any kind of bleeding from anus. The ripe fruit is edible and is useful both in constipation, diarrhea and dyspepsia. The sherbet of the ripe fruit is a very cooling drink.