Maha Shivratri (Sanskrit ‘ratri’ = night) traditionally occurs when Hindus offer special prayers to the destroyer of delusions. It’s an evening of worship which dispels ignorance, emanates the light of knowledge, and ushers in the spring after the cold winter.
Shiva is always worshipped with bael leaves, and it is said that this tree is much loved by him. It is to be found in all Shiva temples throughout India.Lets have a look at its benefits on this occassion.
Bael, also known as the “Wood Apple”, is a native.
1) The consumption of Bilva leaves alleviates diseases caused by excess vata and kapha (mucus).
2) They are also useful in diabetes mellitus. For this a few leaves should be chewed daily and their fresh juice drunk.
3) They are diaphoretic (producing more perspiration), thus reducing temperature and lowering fevers, and an aphrodisiac.
4) A decoction of leaves is a favourite remedy for ailments that often occur during seasonal changes, such as fever, flu and fatigue.
5) According to Swami Sivananda, “The fresh juice of the leaves is given with the addition of black pepper in cases of jaundice, and when diluted with water or honey, this is highly praised remedy in catarrh and feverishness.”
6) Bael is beneficial in the digestive system and it is also a mild laxative.Bael has a high tannin content which makes it an effective cure for dysentery and cholera.
7)The fruit, roots and leaves have antibiotic activity.
8)Bael root, leaves and bark are used in treating snakebite.
9)An infusion from bael leaves is an effective remedy for peptic ulcer.
Make sure this Shivaratri you have some Bael leaves.
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy !!