Bael is offered to Lord Shiva. “Lord Shiva , the lord of power “. The leaves ,the fruit is offered to him.
The leaves ,root , bark , seeds , fruits are all used in Ayurveda.
The fruit has a high nutritive value . It is a energy giving fruit. It contains protein , fibre, calcium, phosphorus, iron , carotene , thiamine, riboflavin, niacin , vitamin C and copper. It contains 600 mg of potassium in 100 gms of the ripe fruit , it is the highest level amongst all the fresh fruits available in India.
The fruit pulp when taken with water or curd treats diarrhoea. If taken with warm milk treats constipation. The fruit is good to treat stomach ailments.
According to Ayurveda, bael has been reported to have preventive and curative actions against diabetes. Some believe that consumption of two tender leaves of bael per day keeps diabetes away. These are particularly effective if taken with two tender leaves of neem.
Bael is good for prevention of baldness.
It is found in most of North Indian states in wild or semi wild conditions. The agriculture researchers of various agricultural universities have improved the quality of Bael fruit so that it can be consumed by most of the people. A full grown tree can produce upto 150 to 200 fruits on an average. It is so economical.
Bael fruit can be consumed as such or as a nutritious drink . One big fruit can be made into 5 litres of a drink. India has treasures of nutrients in these local flora. These type of fruits and drinks made from these fruits can be provided to the children and the teenagers of the lower socio-economic group who are malnourished or to the people who are bound to eat once a day.
Excess of bael fruit can harm the liver .