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Banana Tree Uses- Nature’s Gift For Your Health.

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Banana or Plantain is one of the most savored fruits, and though they come in various shapes, sizes and varieties, two of these varieties are widely used:

Musa sapientum – These fruits are small and raw ones are used as vegetable.

Musa paradisica – These fruits are large and eaten when ripe.

In Ayurveda banana is referred by various synonyms like Kadali, Vaarnaa, Mocha, Ambusara, Anshumatiphala. Various varieties are also described – Manikya kadali, Martyak kadali, Amrita kadali, Champak kadali, etc.

Mythological Significance

It is considered as one of the sacred trees and symbolizes Lord Vishnu. The fruit is offered to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi for happiness in family and married life. The Banana leaves symbolize growth and regeneration and in auspicious ceremonies leaves are tied to the pillars and food is served on them.

[Read: Banana Waffles Recipe]

Banana Tree Uses

According to Ayurveda, all the parts of the Banana tree have healing properties. The banana tree uses are listed as follows:

Flower Of Banana Tree

It is sweet and astringent in taste. The properties are unctousness, heavy and cold. It alleviates Vata, Pitta, blood disorders and emaciation.

  • Juice of flowers with curd helps in meno metrorrhagia (heavy bleeding during menstruation).
  • Flowers are taken as infusion for painful menses.
  • Flowers of Banana and Albizia lebbek (Shirish) mixed with Pippali (long pepper) are pounded with rice water is helpful in Asthma.

Stem Of Banana Tree

  • Juice of stem alleviates Vata disorders and thirst.
  • Juice of stem helps in flushing out kidney stones.
  • Sherbet (syrup) is given in cough.
  • Inner tender stem is eaten as a vegetable.

Leaves Of Banana Tree

  • Kshara (Alkali) prepared from ash of Banana leaves is mixed with flour and made into paste. Intake of this alleviates stomach disorders.
  • Alkali mixed with turmeric is helpful in skin disorders.
  • Leaves are wrapped on wounds for proper healing.

Corm Of Banana Tree

  • It is sweet in taste and cold in property.
  • It increases digestive fire, taste and strength.
  • It alleviates acidity and burning sensation.

Fruits (Bananas)

Raw and Ripe fruits have the following culinary and medicinal benefits:

[Read: Eating on a Banana Leaf]

Raw Banana Fruit

  • It is cold, heavy and unctuous in properties, increases Kapha and alleviates Pitta, Vata, thirst, burning sensation, wounds, emaciation and diabetes.
  • In abdominal disorders unripe fruits are steamed a little and made into bread. It is taken with curd without fatty layer.
  • Unripe Banana fruit roasted on charcoal relieves dyspnoea (Difficult or labored respiration).

Ripe Banana Fruit

  • It is sweet in taste, cold in property and has sweet post digestive effect. It is aphrodisiac, anabolic and improves your taste sensation.
  • It is helpful in hunger, thirst, eye disorders, is an astringent and aids in digestion. In excessive discharge of menstrual blood, banana fruits mixed with ghee should be taken.
  • Active Nutrients: It is an excellent source of Vit A, Vit. B6, Vit. C, Vit. D, Manganese, Potassium, and soluble fiber.

Other Benefits of Ripe Banana:

  •  It has mild laxative property.
  • It helps increase focus and mental acuity.
  • It helps neutralize acidity.
  • It reduces Blood Pressure, risk of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases Example: Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It elevates mood, relaxes the mind, is helpful in premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and depression.
  • It can be applied locally as the pulp is helpful in treating the burns and wounds.
  • It can be used as a face pack to prevent wrinkles.
  • It is used as a hair pack for dry hair.
  • It is helpful in morning sickness.
Dr Baljot Bharaj

Dr Baljot Bharaj , M.S (Ayu) , is an Ayurveda Consultant with specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Kayakalp Ayurveda . She is also trained in Kereliya Panchkarma . Her expertise is in providing Pre conception (Garbhadhan vidhi) , Antenatal (Garbhini paricharya) , Post natal (Sutika paricharya) care with Ayurvedic formulations and regimen for healthy child and safe & happy motherhood ; Supportive Ayurvedic care for High Risk Pregnancies and complications during pregnancies ; Specialized curative and supportive Ayurvedic treatment for conditions related to women’s health , beauty care and health care.

Dr Baljot Bharaj

Dr Baljot Bharaj , M.S (Ayu) , is an Ayurveda Consultant with specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Kayakalp Ayurveda . She is also trained in Kereliya Panchkarma . Her expertise is in providing Pre conception (Garbhadhan vidhi) , Antenatal (Garbhini paricharya) , Post natal (Sutika paricharya) care with Ayurvedic formulations and regimen for healthy child and safe & happy motherhood ; Supportive Ayurvedic care for High Risk Pregnancies and complications during pregnancies ; Specialized curative and supportive Ayurvedic treatment for conditions related to women’s health , beauty care and health care.

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Myrtle Maxwell
Myrtle Maxwell 5pts

Banana flower and stem can be made as Thoran along with green gram. Raw banana, short thick ones, can be julienned and sautéed with minced onions, ginger garlic paste, crushed red chillies and curry leaves. This variety cooks fast and is made as Thoran. Fenugreek seeds should be spluttered along with mustard seeds and it gives a very distinct taste!

Manos Das
Manos Das 5pts

I read one book where written banana tree cure 20 disease

PinkiBathla Verma
PinkiBathla Verma 5pts

Brijbala Sharma Aunty read this article. Good one \U0001f44c

Roy Modha
Roy Modha 5pts

Just to clarify that banana is a herb

Glenda Raeside Mudd
Glenda Raeside Mudd 5pts

Can no longer enjoy Cure Joybecause of ads covering the post, shame because it is my favourite

Deva Izurieta
Deva Izurieta 5pts

We've got tons of banana plants around here. The only issue is that is the perfect recipe for attiring spiders. Does anyone know a good and natural way to make spiders go from banana plants?

Manikandan Arunachalam
Manikandan Arunachalam 5pts

If you consume banana stem regularly ( of course cooked), it will dissolve the kydney stones magically

Kit Apel
Kit Apel 5pts

Janice Antal do you have banana trees?

Kitty Pattie
Kitty Pattie 5pts

I had these growing in my back yard in ft. Lauderdale. They are so tasty :-)