Beneficial tree Semal

Beneficial tree Semal

Beneficial tree Semal. Image Courtesy –

Semal or Bombax ceiba is commonly known as cotton tree. More significantly, it is sometimes known as red silk-cotton; red cotton tree or kapok.

This Asian tropical tree with straight tall trunk and its leaves usually shed annually in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring time before the new leaves. It produces capsule that contains white fibres like cotton when get matured. Its trunk incorporates spikes to protect the tree from animals. Its wood is too soft to be very useful.


Semal grows to an average height of 20 meters, matured trees grow up to 60 meters in moitured tropical regions. The trunk and limb usually have numerous conical spines particularly when young, but get eroded after growing older. The leaves are palmate with about 6-7 leaflets scattering from a central point. Length of the leaves is nearly 13-15 centimeters and width nearly 7-10 centimeters with long flexible petiole of nearly 20 cm long.

Cup-shaped flowers are clustered, axillary close to the ends of the branches, once the tree is clean of leaves, a mean of 7-11 centimeters wide, fourteen centimeters broad, petels up to twelve centimeters long, calyx is concave sometimes three lobed, a mean of 3-5 centimeters in diameter. Staminal tube is brief, over sixty in five bundles. stigma is light-red coloured and up to 9 centimeters long, ovary is pink, 1.5-2 centimeters long, with the skin of the ovary coated in white satiny hair approximately 1mm of length. Seeds area unit various, long, ovoid, black or grey in color and packed in white cotton.

Immature fruits are light-green in colour and mature fruits are brown in colour.

Do you know that Semal is called a silent doctor?

It is an Ayurvedic tree with all its parts like flowers, fruits, leaves, roots and bark etc. being used to cure various types of diseases.

In Ayurveda, it is used to promote sexual health, relieve problems like asthma, anemia, diarrhea. Let us know about the benefits and disadvantages of Semal, the Semal tree, the properties of Semal, the Nutrients and the disadvantages of Semal.

If we are telling you about the benefits of Semal, it means that Semal contains a good amount of nutrients that help you get different types of health benefits. During the studies it has been found that the seminal tree and all its parts contain proteins, carbohydrates, fats, lipids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C are present in good quantity. Semal also contains various types of minerals and antioxidants which are beneficial for our health. Come, what are the advantages of Semal?

Cup-shaped flowers are clustered, axillary close to the ends of the branches. Image Courtesy –


If you have any problem related to urine, then you can use the roots of semal. This can be the most effective and ayurvedic treatment to overcome your urinary problems. The young roots of Semal work as a tonic for you. You can treat problems like cholera, tuberculous fistula, urinary problems, nocturnal pollution, stomach pain, etc. by using seminal roots. In this way, you can get rid of various types of problems by using seminal roots.

Benefits in Dysentery:

Due to its astringent properties, it helps us a lot in solving problems related to our stomach. Seminal gum has all the qualities of a soothing and tonic. You can use it to treat dysentery. In the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis haemoptysis, influenza and menorrhagia etc., soft gum is also used.

Semen Problems:

If you have problems related to nocturnal emission and semen, then you can take the roots of semal with other herbs like vidarkand, asparagus and sugar candy and drink it twice daily with milk. It can help you to overcome problems related to dreaming and emission and semen.

Blood Purification:

Most dermatitis in your body is caused by impurities present in the blood. If you want to get rid of these problems, then you can use seminal leaves beneficially. Break fresh leaves of semal and grind them with water. Mix a glass of water in this ground paste and filter it with a cloth and then consume it. It helps in purifying blood.

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Menstrual Period:

The root of Semal works as a medicine for those women who are troubled by excess secretion during menstrual period. To get rid of this problem, make a powder by drying the root of semal and add 100 grams of it to 50 grams of liquorice powder and 25 grams of swarn geru. Drink this mixture with water twice a day. It helps in preventing heavy secretion in women.


You can use Semal bark to maintain the beauty of your face and to cure facial pimples and skin blemishes. Remove the prickly part of the stem of the Semal tree and prepare its paste. After pastel paste is prepared, you should use it in the affected area. It is also used to treat boils and pimples as well as skin irritation. If this bark is used regularly on the skin of the face, then it can reduce pimples and freckles.

Physical Weakness:

If you have physical weakness, then soft flowers are a great tonic for you. You take the flower-stalked parts that are green and dry them in the shade. Grind these dried flowers and make powder. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of desi ghee and 1 teaspoon of seminal flower in 1 glass of milk and drink it twice a day. It helps in removing weakness of your body.

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Breastfeeding mothers require additional nutrition, if they do not receive adequate nutrition, they may lack their milk production capacity, which may be harmful to the baby. But gentle root bark can be used to increase women’s milk production capacity. Remove the bark of its roots and after drying in the shade, grind it to powder. Women should consume this powder with water or milk twice a day. It can increase the milk production capacity of women.

Cough and Cold:

You can get rid of cold by taking a mixture of soft root powder in black pepper and ginger powder. But keep in mind that in order to get rid of this problem, you should use a small amount of soft root powder in this mixture, if you use it in large quantities then it can cause harm to you.

It is an Ayurvedic tree which is used in many ways. If we talk about its consumption, then its products like leaf, fruit, flower, root and bark etc. are beneficial. But if they are consumed in high amounts then they can cause some special problems. The disadvantages of consuming excessive amounts of semal are as follows:

(i) If you consume a lot of seminal root powder, it can reduce your sexual ability.

(ii) There may be an electrolyte imbalance in your body.

(iii) Its excessive intake can affect the functioning of your metabolic system.

(iv) People with allergies should avoid consuming seminal products. (v) If you take any special kind of medicines, contact your doctor before using Semal.

Shalini Gupta

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