Do you know what Bahera is or what it is used for? If not, let me tell you that Bahed oil is reputed for its hair-darkening properties. It is also effective in treating burns. Bahera helps balance the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, with a particular efficiency toward Kapha-related conditions. It benefits eye health and nourishes hair as well.

Moreover, Baheda helps prevent premature hair graying, treats hoarseness, nasal conditions, blood disorders, throat diseases like laryngotracheobronchitis, and heart ailments. It acts as an insecticide and the pulp of its fruit can treat cataracts. The bark of Bahera is useful in treating anemia, jaundice, and vitiligo. Its seeds have a bitter taste and are known to curb excessive thirst, vomiting, and asthma symptoms.

What is Bahera?

Bahera is an integral component of Triphala. After its leaves fall in spring, new copper-colored branches emerge. Flowers bloom on these branches until summer arrives, and its fruits ripen before spring. The peel of Bahera fruit helps reduce phlegm. It has significant effects on throat and respiratory diseases. The kernels from its seeds can relieve pain and inflammation.

Bahera, along with Amla and Haritaki, acts as an anti-phlegm agent, vaginal health booster, milk purifier, and digestive aid. Bahera is also known for its laxative properties and its ability to strengthen the stomach. There is no other medicine as effective as Bahera for enhancing stomach strength. When half-ripe, its fruit is fibrous and aids digestion. Bahera is beneficial for hair and its marrow is intoxicating.

Name of Bahera in Different Languages

Bahera is known by various names such as Halla, Bahera, Phinas, Bhaira, Siamese Terminalia, Bastard Myrobalan, Balilaj, Batilaj, Belayah, Bhootvasa, Vibhitaka, Aksh, Karshphal, Kalidrum, Bauri, Tode, Beda, Dhindi, Saag, Barro, Bahira, and Thaanni.

Benefits of Baheda

You may already know the various names for Bibhitaki, but let's explore how Baheda can be used medicinally in different ailments:

Treatment of Hair Diseases using Baheda

Benefits of Baheda in Eye Diseases

  • Enhancing Vision: Consuming an equal mixture of belleric myrobalan and sugar can improve eyesight.

  • Eye Pain: Grind Baheda bark, mix with honey, and apply to the affected area to relieve eye pain.

  • Eye Swelling: Mix Baheda Meingi powder with honey, apply it like kajal to relieve eye pain and swelling.

  • Eye Diseases: Combine Baheda churna with honey to make a paste and apply it like kajal every morning to cure various eye diseases.

Excessive Salivation

  • Baheda can be used to counter excessive salivation.

Baheda for Asthma Relief

  • Asthma and Cough: Make a powder from equal parts Baheda bark and myrobalan. Consuming 4 grams of this powder provides relief from asthma and cough.

  • Severe Asthma and Hiccups: Mix 10 grams of Baheda bark powder with excess honey. Licking this mixture offers quick relief from severe asthma and hiccups.

  • Cough and Asthma Relief: Suck on the peel of a seedless belleric myrobalan fruit for relief from cough and asthma.

Cough Relief with Baheda

  • General Cough: Sucking Baheda peel provides relief.

  • Cooking Mixture: Add Adusa, black salt, and Baheda to goat milk, cook it, and consume for relief from all types of cough.

  • Dry Cough and Chronic Asthma: Mix honey with 10 grams of Baheda churna. Lick this after meals in the morning and evening.

  • Traditional Remedy: Apply ghee on Baheda fruit, cover it with a thick coating of flour, and cook it. Remove the dough and suck the peel for relief from cough, cold, asthma, and hoarseness.

  • Alternative Traditional Remedy: Dip Baheda fruit in ghee, wrap in grass, encase it in cow dung, and cook it. Remove the seed, put it in your mouth, and suck it to alleviate cough, cold, asthma, and hoarseness.

Baheda for Eye Diseases

  • According to Ayurveda, Baheda possesses Chakshushya property, making it beneficial for various eye-related conditions.

Reducing Swelling with Baheda

  • Swelling Relief: Grind Baheda seeds, and apply the paste to the swollen area to alleviate swelling, irritation, and pain.

  • Bile-Related Swelling: Applying Bahera's Meingi paste on swelling caused by bile disorders provides relief.

Baheda for Respiratory Issues

  • Respiratory Relief: Due to its anti-phlegm properties and warming nature, Baheda helps reduce mucus accumulation in the respiratory tract, offering relief from breathing problems commonly associated with Kapha dosha.