The famous Shri Bilvashtakam (v. 6–7) mentions :
Lakshmyaascha stana utpannam Mahaadeva sadaa priyam,
Bilva vriksham prayachchhaami eka bilvam Shivaarpanam.
Darshanam bilva vrikshasya sparshanam paapanaashanam,
Aghorapaapasamhaaram eka bilvam shivarpanam.
The translation :
Born from the heart of Goddess Lakshmi, the Bilva tree is ever dear to Mahadeva. So I ask this tree to offer one Bilva leaf to Lord Shiva. Even if (one) has darshan ( view) of the Bilva tree, and touches it, surely frees one from sin. The most terrible karma is destroyed when a Bilva leaf is offered to Lord Shiva.
It is also believed that Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, also lives in the bel tree. Those who perform the puja of Shiva and Parvati devoutly, using the leaves, will be endowed with spiritual powers.
In Sri Maha Lakshmi Ashtothara Sathanama Stothram we find Goddess Lakshmi described as Bilva Nilaya the one who lives under the Bilva Tree.
“Bhaskarim bilvanilayam vararoham yesesvinim
vasuntharam mutharangham harinim hemamalinim “
- Bilva leaf juice is put in the eyes and paste of leaves is applied over the eyelids.
- Bilva leaves are used for fomentation in disease condition like swelling pain in ribs.
- Bilva leaves alleviates oedema and pain.
- Bilva is a cardiac tonic, haemostaic and alleviates swelling, hence is root used in cardiac dedillity and palpitation.
- Bilva root bark and leaf juice are used to alleviate oedema.
- Bilva root alleviates the inflammation of uterus, hence it is used in pregnancy, leucorrhoea and puerperal disorder.
- Bilva root tranquilises the nerves hence it is used in vata disorder, insomnia. Epilepsy and hysteria.
- Bilva unripe fruit is an appetizer, digestant and astringet. Ripe fruit is a sweet, mild laxative.
- Bilva leaves juice is leaver stimulant.
- Bilva root bark, unripe fruit are useful in loss of appetite, diarrheoa, dysentery, sprue, pain in abdomen.
- Bilva unripe fruit ground to paste and cooked with sugar is very beneficial in bleeding piles.
- Bilva sharbat of ripe fruit pulp can be used as it act as digestive and alleviates diarrhoea.
- Bilva leaf juice mixed with black pepper used in jaundice.
- Bilva fruit (ripe or unripe) useful for prevention of cholera.
- Bilva is haemostatic it is also used in hemorrhoids.
- Bilva roots are useful in vata disorders, fruits in disorders of inter channel. Bilva, Durva and Tulsi are used in vata, pitta and kapha disorders respectively.