Health Benefits of Sal Tree

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 28, 2014

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Sal tree or Shorea robusta is commonly known for its special religious significance. It is commonly found in all parts of India. Here are some of the health benefits.
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    Sal Tree

    Sal tree also known as Shorea robusta is commonly found in all parts of India and holds a special religious significance. Besides being sacred to people religions, the tree offers amazing health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits.

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    The tree offers amazing astringent properties which can be very helpful against diarrhea and dysentery. The extracts from the tree are considered as strong astringent agents. Benefit from the tree if you are suffering from diarrhea.


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    Skin care

    Since the sal tree has astringent properties, it is also an important ingredient in herbal ointments for skin diseases and ear ailments. There are several shorea ointments available for skin troubles.


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    Therapeutic Benefits

    The sal tree also has effective therapeutic benefits which can be very good for you. Sal tree gets these therapeutic properties from an oleoresin, which contains triterpenoids, the derivatives of ursonic, oleanane and a triterpene acid.

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    Hair Care

    The astringent properties make sal tree extracts very beneficial in skin care and hair care. It can make a potent hair and skin cleanser.


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    Also known as Indian dammer, it has been popularly used in Ayurveda, Unani and tribal systems of medicine. It offers strong ability to stop bleeding piles and provide relief to the patient.

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    Medicinal Preparations

    Bark, leaves, fruit and resin of Shorea are used in medicinal preparations. The resin is also burnt as incense and the fumes thus obtained are said to have medicinal properties.

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    Resin obtained from the bark of sal tree is used for relief from arthritis. Take a few grams of the resin and mix it well with white of an egg and apply the paste on the affected portion. It gives relief from joint pains caused by arthritis.

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    It also has antibacterial properties that can kill germs as well as bacteria. Herbal cream prepared from Shorea leaves is applied to wounds for quick healing.


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    Other Benefits

    Other popular uses of sal tree include natural remedies for problems like diabetes, nervine pain, arthritis, burns, ulcers, and jaundice and skin infections.


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