The amazing health benefits of guava leaves

From treating insect bites to fighting gastric cancers, guava leaves have an abundance of health benefits to offer your body.

October 13, 2021

The guava fruit has been hailed as one of the best superfoods available as it is packed with high levels of vitamin C. Did you know that guava contains almost two times more vitamin C than oranges?

So, if you have not yet developed a taste for guava, it’s definitely a great time to start. Your body will thank you later.

There are many benefits from using guava leaves as well as the fruit itself. In some regions, it may not be possible to buy fresh fruit, so they have been turning to using the leaves from the guava plant instead. The leaves have been found to also have high levels of vitamin C which can help reduce cold symptoms, as well as promoting healthy skin and hair.

Let’s have a look at some of the other health benefits of guava leaves.

Brain Health:

The vitamins B6 (pyridoxine) and B3 (Niacin) in guava leaves helps in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function, and relaxing the nerves.

Boosts your immunity:

Guava leaves’ tea helps in boosting the immune systems thereby reducing the risk of many diseases.

Pain Reducer:

The quercetin content of guava leaf makes it effective in reducing pain and eliminating infections. Menstrual Problems: Guava leaf tea helps relief menstruation and insufficient menstrual flow.

Anti-Aging:

The regular intake of guava tea rejuvenates and keeps your skin younger and firm due to its strong antioxidant effect against free radicals that are the main cause of ageing. Crush a few leaves, add a little bit of water and use as a body scrub. You will be shocked with the amazing results.

Improves your eyesight:

Guava leaf improves eyesight due to its high content in vitamin A.

Helps you sleep:

Guava leaf tea calms the nerves and quietens the mind, making it easier to fall asleep.

Fights allergies:

Guava leaves contain quercetin which is an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory which inhibits the development of allergies such as food allergy, skin reactions and asthma.

Fights high cholesterol:

Guava leaf tea works against bad fats in the system. It reduces LDC and Triglycerides without side effects.

Reduces the risk of heart diseases:

Guava leaf tea reduces the risk of heart diseases and strokes due to its high anti-inflammatory, high fibre, and antioxidant properties.

Helps relief bronchitis (coughs and colds):

Guava leaf tea will help you against bronchitis and coughs due to its high content of vitamin C and Iron (Fe).

It reduces mucous when taken with pure honey.

Relieves body itching caused by allergies:

For itching caused by allergies, apply crushed guava leaves onto the affected areas.

Relieves insect bites:

Apply crushed guava leaves on the affected areas.

Use as hair treatment:

Guava leaves prevent hair loss by crushing the leaves and rubbing it on the scalp regularly. Gently massage your scalp with the concentrated tea from boiled leaves to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

Treatment of Typhoid and Malaria Fever:

Guava leaves tea assists in the treatment of Typhoid and Malaria fevers.

Weight loss:

Guava leaves contain Quercetin which inhibits the formation of fat cells and Catechin which has fat burning effects in the body. Guava leaf tea stops carbohydrates from turning into sugar and thus suppresses the appetite. This will in turn help you to reduce weight. It also increases your metabolism.

Stomach cramps/constipation:

Guava leaf tea is exceptionally good for most abdominal infections due to its antibacterial properties.

Stomach ulcers:

Guava leaf contains Methanol extract that’s composed by volatile oil, flavonoid and saponin which works against stomach ulcers. It assists the body against food poisoning. It may also help with diarrhoea/dysentery.

Supports liver health:

Guava leaves have a hepatoprotective activity which cure liver injuries induced by toxic drugs like paracetamol, alcohol, etc. It protects the liver against some damaging enzymes like Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Aspartate Aminotransferase, etc. It assists the body in fighting Prostate and Breast Cancer.

Oral Cancers:

Guava leaves’ high lycopene content is vital in fighting breast, prostate, and oral cancers.

Helps fight Gastric Cancers:

The high content of lycopene, quercetin and vitamin C in guava leaves makes it potent in the treatment of gastric (or stomach) cancers.

Improves sperm production:

Guava leaves will boost sperm production, thereby increasing fertility. Hence, it’s highly recommended for men battling with fertility problems.

Libido (sexual desire) might be stimulated:

Guava leaf tea boosts libido in both sexes. It works better when honey is added (in non-diabetics).

Promotes skin health:

Acne – Guava leaf is high in vitamin C, which helps to heal acne. It contains the antibacterial which works against the bacteria P. Acne, which causes acne.

Its anti-inflammatory components help reduce redness and inflammation of the skin. Similarly for minor cuts like scrapes or abrasion, apply crushed guava leaf juice to prevent infections. For Blackheads, crush several guava leaves and stir in a little bit of water and apply on skin to remove blackheads naturally. Use this instead of your regular face cleaners that consist of toxic chemicals.

Ear infections:

Apply cold guava leaf tea.

Dengue Fever:

Guava leaves work against Dengue. They increase the thrombocytes and platelets in the serum. Boil some guava leaves (about 5 to 6 or 1 tbs of powder from dried guava leaves) in a little bit of water until the amount you have in your pot reduces by half. Take as tea thrice a day. Repeat daily until you feel better or relieved.

Cholera:

Guava leaves extract has a strong antibacterial effect against Vibrio Cholerae.

Diabetes:

Guava leaf tea is great for diabetics. The high fibre content slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. It prevents Type 2 diabetes from developing. The Catechin in guava leaves controls the blood glucose level – It has a hypoglycaemic effect in the body.

Toothache:

To relieve toothache, chew guava leaves or apply leaves past on affected tooth/teeth. For inflamed Gums and Mouth Sores – or inflamed gums and sores in the oral cavity, chew guava leaves and also take hot guava leaves tea with pure honey.

Dosaging:

7 to 10 younger fresh leaves (or 5 to 6 older ones) should be boiled with 1l water in a covered pot over a gentle flame OR 1 tablespoonful of the powder of dried leaves boiled in 1l water in same way.

Adults should take one glass thrice a day. Children from six months and above should be given in smaller doses depending on age. With children, always consult your nurse or health advisor first.

Caution for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers:

Guava leaves are good for all including pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. However, for pregnant mothers, the dosage should be reduced by half. Consult your attending nurse or health practitioner first in this regard.

Possible Side effects:

It may cause headaches when taken in very high doses.

It may cause excessive menstrual bleeding in some women.

Original article published on: https://imsyser.co.za/going-natural-to-fit-the-pocket/

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