Welcome back to part 2 of my posts on natural cleansers...Last weeks post on Coconut Water proved to be very popular and so many of you are already converts and reaping the benefits of enjoying the fresh juice of the Coconut that’s lovely to see…x
When I am out walking I often see the Bael fruit drying in the sun it is then steeped in hot water and made into a fruity drink either hot or iced…It has many reported health benefits and is easy to make.
I am also thinking back a few years and I am sure I have seen it for sale in the Uk in health shops to shops which sell d dried herbs and teas it looks very much like dried orange slices.
This really is a delightful video…The kiddies are so cute …
If you can get the fresh bael fruit then here’s how to make a delicious healthy drink.
- 3 medium-sized bael/bel fruits
- 3 cups chilled water
- 8 tbsp jaggery
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp black salt
Hit the bael/bel fruit with a rolling pin to crack it open just be careful it seems to have been gotten down to a fine art here… Scoop out the soft, brown pulp from inside, and put it in a bowl.
Add a cup of water to the fruit pulp, and let it soak for half an hour.
Mash the fruit thoroughly, and add the rest of the water. Strain the mix well to get a clearer juice. Put the juice into a large jug.
Add the jaggery, cardamom powder, cumin powder and salt. Stir well, and serve the bael sharbat.
This is lovely and refreshing…and a wonderful cleanser…
Bael or Bel as it is sometimes known as naturally fights viral and bacterial infections, can reduce inflammation, and is considered a good cure for a number of diseases.
The fruits medicinal purposes are very high when the fruit has just ripened. It has a high tannin content which makes it suitable for the treatment of cholera and dysentery.
A hot poultice of the fruit leaves are said to be an effective treatment for various inflammations, a leaf decoction is also used as an aid for asthma. The root, leaves, and bark are also effective when used on a snakebite. I have feeling it was these leaves made into a poultice which a lady made for me when I was bitten by a jellyfish it certainly took the sting out and helped reduce the pain…
The fragrant flesh is also eaten with Keow Neow…sticky rice. The young leaves and shoots are eaten as a vegetable here in Thailand and used to season food in Indonesia.
It is also a prototype of today’s Orange.
Thank you so much for dropping by and reading this post if you have a favourite natural cleanser or drink bael fruit tea please let us know in comments as I love to chat and share ideas…Thank you , Carol x