The Benefits Of The Banyan
The banyan tree is the oldest tree found on earth. In India, it is called the bargad the vat vriksh or the kalp vriksh meaning the wish fulfilling tree. It has got mythological importance and is even mentioned in our Scriptures.
The banyan tree is worshipped by many people in India. Gautam Buddha got enlightenment under this tree. According to Hindu Scriptures, Lord Shiva and Dattatreya is supposed to be meditating under this tree. Contrary to this some people believe that evil spirits dwell on this tree and one should not pass by this tree after the Sunset. This tree also is known for its medicinal value.
Healing power of the banyan tree
The banyan has many medicinal properties. It is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several ailments. The bark and leaf buds of the tree are useful in arresting secretion or bleeding. The fruit exercises a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes, alleviates swelling and pain, and serve as a mild purgative. It is also nutritious.
Diarrhea and dysentery
The buds should be washed thoroughly and soaked in a glass of water overnight, strain the water in a strainer and drink in the morning for the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.
Banyan twigs are sold as toothpicks in many parts of India. These twigs are used to physically clean the teeth and they are chewed to help keep the teeth clean and also to prevent gum diseases.
Take 100 gm of bark of the tree, 20 gm elaichi (cardamom),10 gm of pepper powder and 10 gm of khair (used in pan). Mix all these and apply to your teeth, wait for 20 min and then gloss(rinse) with water. This will not only whiten your teeth but also relieve you of all the dental problems.
Soak a small piece of bark in water overnight in a glass and boil it in the morning and rinse the mouth with the water. This will strengthen the teeth.
For bruises and pain relief
Whole leaf is applied to external parts of the body that are red and inflamed. Warm the leaf and tie as bandage to get relief from bruises, sores and ulcers. The milky latex of the stem and leaf is applied to bruises and to parts of the body that are causing pain.
To control diabetes
(a) Take the bark of the banyan and make paste (if you wash it and rub on a hard surface, you get the paste like that of sandalwood) add half spoon jeera powder to it and take with water. The paste and jeera powder together should be half spoon to be taken.
(b) The powder of the roots can be taken along with water to control diabetes.
Take the bark of the banyan and make paste (if you wash it and rub on a hard surface, you get the paste like that of sandalwood). It removes the wrinkles for the elderly people.
Relief from fever
One spoon of the bark powder can be boiled in three glasses of water. Having that water can give relief from fever in three days.
To expel worms in stomach
Make powder of the dried fruits of the banyan and store. Take half spoon powder, half spoon misri along with water.
Relief from cough and breathing difficulty
Clean the bark of the tree, dry in the sun and make powder, add one glass of water and boil till it becomes half and then add little salt and drink to get relief from cough.
Take one kg banyan figs and boil in four liters of water till it is reduced to one litre, after this add half kg misri, 250 gm ginger juice, 250 gm jeera juice and when it comes to thick consistency, let it cool and store in a bottle. If you take two spoons of this along with water in the morning one can be protected from sunstroke.
(a) Burn the Bark and apply ash of the bark on external piles.
(b) One can even make paste of the leaves and take as above to control the bleeding of piles.
(c) Mix a few drops of the latex of the banyan tree in glass of milk and drink daily to cure bleeding piles.
The above are the benefits of the banyan tree which at least, we should be aware of as most of the time we tend to neglect the positive effects of such a tree even though, we see or pass by everyday.
By N Sugna