US President Barak Obama plants Peepal sampling in Rajghat on January 25, 2015
Peepal tree Ficus religiosa) is a large, fast growing deciduous tree. It has a
heart shaped leaves. It is a medium size tree and has a large crown with the wonderful wide spreading branches. It shed its leaves in the month of March and April. Leaves are shiny, thin and bear 5 to 7 veins.
Fruits are small and are about ½ inch in diameter similar to that of eye pupil. It is circular in shape, compressed. When they are raw it is of green color and when it is ripe then it turns brown or black in color. The tree fruits in
summers and gets ripened by rainy season. The fruits of the Peepal are hidden with the figs. The figs are ripen in peepal-treethe month of May. The figs which contain the flowers grow in pairs just below the leaves and look like
the berries. Its bark is light gray and peels in patches. Its fruit is purple in colour. It is one of the longest living trees.
Peepal tree is found mainly in India, Bangladesh, Nepal , Pakistan, Sri Lanka, southwest China and Indochina. In India it is mainly grown in State of Haryana, Bihar, Kerala, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh
Peepal tree Ficus religiosa) is grown by specialty tree plant nurseries for use as an ornamental tree , in gardens and parks in tropical and subtropical climates. Peepal tree is easily propagated through the seeds or
through the cuttings. It can grow in any type of soil. In initial stage Peepal tree needs proper nourishment, Peepal tree requires full sunlight and proper watering for growth.
The Peepal (Ficus religiosa) parts as bark, fruits, tender shoots and seeds are
used in traditional medicine for about 50 types of disorders including asthma, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, gastric problems, arthritis, inflammatory disorders, infectious , sexual disorders and vigour and vitality
Asthma : The dry leaves powder of Peepal tree is used in Asthma. Use 5gm of this powder with honey every morning for Asthma and Coughs.
Dysentery The leaves of peepal are used in treating dysentery. Equal parts of tender leaves, coriander leaves and sugar are chewed slowly to relieve the condition.
Cure wounds: Tender leaves of the tree boiled with oil for some time and applied on the wound, they heals fast.
Boils and Acne : The paste of bark of Peepal tree is used for boils and acne.
Gouty arthritis: Peepal bark powder with honey may helpful in arthritis. The tender leaves of peepal are boiled into water and after cooling poured on the joints.
For vigour and vitality: The fruit of root, bark and tender shoots are boiled with milk and after filter taken with sugar and honey are helpful to increase vitality.
Other Diseases : An infusion of the bark is a specific medicine for the diseases of uterus and vagina, in vomiting, ulcers in mouth and in inflammation swellings. Diabetes and cholesterol can be treated with peepal extracts. The fruits are highly useful for infertility and impotency .The regular use of dry
powdered fruit with milk will cure sexual disorder.