The bael fruit tree
is slow-growing, of medium size, up to 40 or
50 ft (12-15 m) tall with short trunk,
thick, soft, flaking bark, and spreading,
sometimes spiny branches, the lower ones
drooping. It is sweet at first taste and
then irritating to the throat. The
deciduous, alternate leaves, borne singly,
are composed of 3 to 5 oval, pointed,
shallowly toothed leaflets, and the terminal
one with a long petiole. New foliage is
glossy and pinkish-maroon. Mature leaves
emit a disagreeable odor when bruised.
Fragrant flowers, in clusters of 4 to 7
along the young branchlets, have 4 recurved,
fleshy petals, green outside, yellowish
inside, and 50 or more greenish-yellow
stamens. The fruit, round, pyriform, oval,
or oblong, may have a thin, hard, woody
shell or a more or less soft rind, |
gray-green until the fruit is fully ripe, when it turns yellowish. It is dotted with aromatic, minute oil glands. Inside, there is a hard central core and 8 to 20 faintly defined triangular segments, with thin, dark-orange walls, filled with aromatic, pale-orange, pasty, sweet, resinous, more or less astringent pulp. Embedded in the pulp are 10 to 15 seeds, flattened-oblong, about 1 cm long, bearing woolly hairs and each enclosed in a sac of adhesive, transparent mucilage that solidifies on drying.
|Action : Antiseptic,
Astringent, Carminative, Expectorant,
Medicinal use: The ripe bael fruit is used as a decongestant for excessive congestion of the lungs, as well as for tuberculosis and typhoid fever. It is also prescribed for any type of disorder of the intestines; diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, and dysentery. Bael fruit is used for its stimulating properties in cases of exhaustion and convalescence from chronic disease or injury, . Unripe bael fruit is an astringent, used as an anti diarrheal and as a daily tonic. Juice Leaves of the bael are given for respiratory infections, and decoction of the stem is said to be a useful anti malarial.
Adenosma indianum - Aegle marmelos Correa - Aganosma marginata - Adenosma indianum - Allium satium - Allium tuberosum - Aloe vera - Alpinia galanga - Alpinia officinarum - Alstonia scholaris - Amomum krervanh - Andrographis paniculata - Arachis hypogaea - Boesenbergia pandurata - Bridelia burmanica - Canaga odorata - Capsicum annuum - Capsicum frutescens - Carica papaya - Carthamus tinctorius - Cassia angustifolia - Cassia tora - Centella asiatica - Cinnamomum cassia - Clitoria ternatea - Coriandrum sativum - Curcuma Longa - Cymbopogon citratus - Eclipta prostrata - Elettaria cardamomum - Equisetum arvense - Ganoderma lucidum - Ginkgo biloba - Glycine max - Hibiscus rosa-sinensis - Illicium verum - Jasmine - Lycium barbarum - Medicago sativa - Momordica charantia - Morinda officinalis - Moringa oliefera - Myristica fragrans - Nelumbo nucifera - Ocymum basilicum - Panax ginseng - Perilla frutescens - Phaseolus vulgaris - Phyllanthus emblica - Piper nigrum - Plumeria alba - Plantago ovata - Ricinus - Sesamum indicum - Styrax tonkinense - Sassafras - Terminalia chebula - Tribulus terrestris - Zingiber officinale
- Lavit KHAM B.Sc (Chemistry),B.Pharm, MPS,MAACP, MNHAA
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