Sanskrit name: Bilva
Botanical name: Aegle marmelos
Habitat: It is found all over In India
- Rasa (taste): Astringent, pungent, bitter
- Virya (action): Heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
- Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta
Bael fruit pulp is used to make various medicines in Ayurveda. In India Bael fruit is used to make a refreshing drink to counter the heat waves in summer. It is beneficial in the treatment of constipation and other digestive related diseases. It also possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties and is found useful in treating skin ailments. This plant is sacred to Hindus.