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Bael Leaf: Beloved of Shiva

In India, Bael Leaf is used in the worship of Shiva as its three-pronged leaf is believed to symbolize Shiva’s trident. The three-pronged leaf is also associated with the three functions of creation, preservation, and destruction. The plant has long been used both for culinary purposes and in health remedies. It’s a slow-growing, fruit-bearing tree that reaches a height of 40-50 feet. The fruit of the Bael tree is dried and eaten as candy, or made into a sweet drink — the leaves and shoots are consumed as vegetables or in health supplements and tonics. Bael is also known as Bengal quince, bilva, golden apple, and wood apple.

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What sets ORGANIC INDIA Bael Leaf Apart?

ORGANIC INDIA takes every avenue to operate in a way that is Beyond Sustainable, for both the planet and the amazing partners we work with. Our Bael Leaf is grown, harvested and prepared in adherence to the following principles and practices: 

  • Small Family Farmers. Ethical partnerships are the heart and soul of our company. We contract with small, family-owned farms across India and purchase crops at premium market price. Most of our partners have been with us for more than ten years, and each is an integral part of our herbal family. As indispensable members of our team, we provide all of our farmers health insurance and ongoing training by agricultural experts who are at the cutting edge of organic and regenerative farming⁠—a no-brainer for us, but an unfortunately unheard-of practice in the industry. 
  • Regenerative Agriculture. We are deeply rooted in agriculture that is beyond sustainable—it’s regenerative. What this means is our farming practices not only preserve the land, they make it better. Regenerative means replenished soil, improved biodiversity, enhanced water conservation, and increased carbon sequestration. We look beyond our crop to the whole earth and our responsibility to it as a healthy conscious living company.
  • Sustainable Production. All of our herbal teas and supplements are produced in our LEED Platinum certified production facility in India, which is a marvel of top-tier sustainable design, construction and operations.
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Bael Leaf Benefits for Body and Mind 

Considered one of the most useful plants of India in classical Ayurveda, all parts of the Bael plant are added to tonics and capsules for a range of benefits. Bael is “tridoshic,” meaning that it is beneficial for all the doshas — vata, pitta and kapha.

  • Cooling. The fruit of the plant is often made into a drink or sherbert to bring a cooling effect on the body that quenches thirst and provides energy. 
  • Purifying. The plant is rich in minerals and antioxidants that help flush toxins out of the blood and body. 
  • Digestion. Bael Leaf provides a gentle laxative action that helps cleanse the intestines and support regular bowel movements.
  • Blood Sugar Metabolism. The consumption of bael leaf has been found to help the natural production of endogenous insulin and support glucose metabolism. 
  • Immune Support. Contains vitamin c and antioxidants that help support immune function and defend against invaders. 

Traditional Use of Bael Leaf 

Bael Leaf is revered in both the Hindu and Buddhist religions. For Hindus, the tree is considered sacred and can often be found in temples and gardens. The plant is mentioned in Hindu Scripture and is beloved by the goddess Lakshmi and believed to be an incarnation of the goddess Sati. Perhaps most notably, Bael Leaf is admired by Lord Shiva and the fruit is widely used to worship Shiva. There is a folk practice in both Buddhism and Hinduism that utilizes Bael Leaf in a fertility ritual for girls to guarantee marriage and status.

Where is Bael Leaf grown?

Where is Bael Leaf Grown?

ORGANIC INDIA Bael Leaf is wildcrafted and sourced from organic-certified forest regions in Madhya Pradesh, India. The plant is native to India and Southeast Asia and is extensively cultivated throughout those regions for its nutritional and health benefits.

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Who is it For? 

People who would like to soothe the stomach and support digestion will see the most benefit from Bael Leaf, although the plant is great for anyone looking for added support for the immune and metabolic systems as well.

Bael Leaf for Healthy Conscious Living

ORGANIC INDIA’s Bael Leaf is organically grown according to ancient Ayurvedic regenerative cultivation practices to ensure the highest possible efficacy, or “prana.” All ORGANIC INDIA herbs are processed and tested in compliance with FDA and World Health Organization safety protocols. 

At ORGANIC INDIA, we recognize the vast interconnectedness of life. From seed, to soil, to field, to factory, our products empower the farmers of India, promote environmental and economic recovery, and provide wellness solutions derived from nature’s intelligence.

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