Sal is believed to be the “House of Tribal Goddess” and is valued as a holy tree. It has religious, medicinal as well as commercial significance and its wood is used in the furniture industry.
Sal is generally used to prevent diarrhea and dysentery due to its astringent property. It also reduces swelling and controls bleeding due to its analgesic and astringent properties.
According to Ayurveda, taking Sal tree powder along with honey helps in managing female disorders like metrorrhagia (bleeding at irregular intervals) and leucorrhoea (white discharge from the vagina) due to its Sita (cold) and Kashaya (astringent) properties. It also helps in managing joint pain and arthritis by reducing the pain and inflammation due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Sal tree resin promotes wound healing and skin problems like excessive oiliness, itching, rashes etc. due to its astringent and antimicrobial properties. Sal leaves paste along with honey can be applied on the skin to reduce marks and scars. Treating wounds with a paste of Sal resin powder and honey helps to speed up wound healing.
Some people may show sensitivity towards Sal tree resin and may develop rashes. So it is advisable to use it with any carrier oil like coconut or sesame oil.
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