Seen in the vicinity of temples and holy places, Peepal tree is regarded as one of the most sacred trees of the Hindus and Buddhists. Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under this particular tree and hence this tree came to be known as “Bodhi- the tree of wisdom”.
The botanical name of this tree is Ficus religiosa belonging to the family moraceae. This tree is known as “Ashwattha “in Sanskrit. The parts used are the bark, leaves, tender shoots, fruits and seeds.
Healing Power and Curative Properties:
Some Medicinal Uses and Home Remedies of Peepal
About 50 ml of the raw juice of the leaves or 1 tsp. of powdered dried leaves can be taken with water to arrest bleeding.
Dysentery: Tender leaves of peepal with equal parts of coriander leaves and sugar can be chewed slowly for beneficial results.
Constipation: The fruits can be dried in shade, powdered and mixed with equal quantity of sugar. This powder taken in doses of 4-6 grams, taken at bedtime can relieve constipation.
Vomiting: In severe vomiting, the ash of the bark can be mixed well in water and the supernatant fluid is filtered and given repeatedly for beneficial results.
Bleeding piles: Take 1 tsp. of dried leaf powder with water for beneficial results.
Burns: Apply a paste of the powdered bark locally.
Heart diseases: The leaves are infused in water at night and distilled the next morning and stored in bottles. Consuming 15 mg of this infusion thrice daily can relieve palpitation of the heart and cardiac weakness.
Bruises: The leaves can be ground fine and mixed with jaggery has to rolled into small pills. Consuming 1 pill with milk daily can relieve pain due to injury.
Boils: A leaf smeared with ghee can be bandaged lukewarm on the boil so as to burst the boil and remove the pus.
Gouty arthritis: The tender leaves of peepal are made into a decoction and poured on the joints to relieve pain.
Stomatitis: fine powder of peepal bark, well mixed with honey can be applied inside the oral cavity regularly to get relief from stomatitis.
For vigour and vitality: For an aphrodisiac effect, the fruit of root, bark and tender shoots are boiled with milk and taken internally with sugar and honey in doses of 15 ml twice daily.
In premature ejaculation: Dry the fruits in shade and then powder it, consume ½ to 1 tsp. of this powder with milk daily.
Beauty: The bark powder made into paste with gram flour powder and water can be used as a face mask to enhance the complexion.
Cracked soles: The milky latex obtained from the bark can be applied on the soles regularly, for beneficial results.
Scabies and skin diseases: Dry and grind the bark and dust this powder on the affected areas frequently. Itching:This powder mixed with coconut oil can also be applied on the affected areas to relieve itching associated with skin diseases.
Leucorrhoea, diseases of the genito urinary system: soak some crushed bark in a mug of water overnight and use this frequently as a vaginal douche.
Ear infection/otitis media: Extract the fresh juice from the leaves, warm slightly and pour 2-3 drops into the ear with the help of cotton wool.
Mumps: Peepal leaves should be smeared with ghee, warmed over the fire and bandaged over the inflamed part to get relief.
Dosage of the powder: 3-6 grams.
Major Ayurvedic Formulations in Ayurveda:
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