The Banyan tree is one of the most magical trees – not only in the way its aerial roots create an astounding structure, but also in the properties that each and every part of the tree holds. It is one of the few elements in nature which is useful in every single aspect. This is the reason that the Banyan tree is the National tree of India.
One of the largest trees named the Great Banyan can be found Kolkata in India. It is said to be over two hundred and fifty years old. Another such tree can be found in Bangalore and has a spread of over 2 acres.
Here’s an interesting fact about this tree: Originally from India, this tree received its name from the Banias or Indian traders who sat below the tree shades. Village meetings and other useful gatherings would also take place in its shade, thereby giving it its name.
In Indian culture, the Banyan tree is considered to be sacred and leaves of the tree is considered to be the resting place of god Krishna. In fact, it is also believed that Buddha achieved enlightenment while sitting under a Banyan tree. There are various uses of the Banyan tree. From medicinal to recreational – there’s no part of life in which this tree doesn’t aid humanity.
Let’s have a look at some of the multiple uses the Banyan tree has…
- The Banyan tree is still used as a source of shade in many villages.
- Each and every part of this tree has its own unique medical uses.
- The bark and seeds can be used as a tonic to maintain body temperature and treat diabetes.
- The roots can be used to strengthen your teeth and gums by brushing with them.
- The sap treats external skin bruising and inflammation.
- Skin disease treatment is also possible with some properties of Banyan tree.
- Shellac has a large number of roles in making adhesive and surface finishes.
- Using the bark of the tree, paper can be created.
- Fiber can also be made from the bark of the tree in order to create ropes.
- Women from the Indo-Nepal region crush the prop root to paste and apply it to their hair. This keeps hair healthy and shiny
- The wood is soft and often used as firewood.
- Even the leaves are useful and are used as natural biodegradable plates to serve food on.