These Guava leaf health benefits I discussed in this article will interest you.
This is because after reading through this article, you will see how you have been missing the bumper health benefits from this precious tree that you never knew existed.
Interestingly, due to the harmful after-use effects that we increasingly observe in modern medicine, many people are returning to herbal medicine.
In fact, guava leaf is now available in the market in supplement form in either capsules or sachets as herbal tea.
How wonderful will it be for you to prepare your own guava leaf tea fresh from the original source with zero chemicals or preservatives added!
Guava leaf is chief among organic medicinal plants that people seem to have forgotten about.
Soothing to know that people are getting awakened again and many people are returning to the effectiveness of this wonderful gift of nature.
We are told that Guava is a fruit that originated from Central America. That doesn’t concern us as much as we know that this fruit is abundant in Nigeria.
I also want to believe that you know guava very well and you’ve probably eaten the fruit a couple of times.
But peradventure you don’t know guava, this wonderful tree produces edible oval fruit. Its ripe form can appear either as light green or yellow.
Guava fruit has a lot of health benefits. It is very rich in vitamin C, lycopene and abundant in antioxidants.
Moreover, guava fruit contains about 80% water and is rich in potassium.
You should be eating this fruit.
But in this article, we are not considering the benefits of eating guava fruit. Rather, we are focusing our attention on guava leaf health benefits.
Guava leaf tea
Guava leaf has been a popular medicinal food for centuries.
Have you heard about guava leaf magical tea?
This is a popular tea in South America. Though its popularity has risen across the continents now as organic life is gaining more popularity in recent times.
Guava tea is brewed from young guava leaf
Unfortunately, Nigerians seem to have abandoned this nutritious and health-packed leaf tea for the modern drugs which are not safe and even less efficacious!
Guava leaf content
According to a Delhi-based nutritionist, Anshul Jaibharat, guava leaf is a powerhouse of antioxidants, of which vitamin C is a major, they also contain flavonoids like quercetin.
Further research reveals that guava leaf contains polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, and tannins, all effective in treating various diseases.
It will amaze you to know that guava leaf has much more medicinal properties than the real fruit.
Let’s consider the worldwide well-researched health benefits of guava leaf.
Then we will describe how to prepare guava leaf tea which I strongly advise you should always have on your shelf.
15 Guava leaf health benefits
While there are different ways to prepare guava leaves for consumption, in this article, I will focus on the guava leaf health benefits of drinking guava leaf tea.
Below are the 15 well-researched benefits that you will get for free by just drinking guava leaf tea.
1. Diarrhoea and dysentery relief
Guava leaf has been used for centuries as a remedy for diarrhoea and dysentery.
A review published in the Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo reveals that extracts from guava leaf inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, one of the major bacterial causes of diarrhoea.
According to drugs.com, drinking guava leaf tea may reduce the passage of watery stools. It causes less abdominal pain and the patient experiences a quicker relief from diarrhoea.
Diarrhoea is one of the leading infections in Africa, yet drinking a few cups of guava leaf tea can help in managing this infection.
To treat diarrhoea, boil some quantity of guava leaf (say 30g) and then add a handful of rice flour.
Add this mixture to a glass of water and drink twice per day until you see relief.
Source and cut the root and leaves of guava, boil for 20minutes. Drain the water and drink in moderation until desired relief.
While this drink might not promise you the best of taste, do know that there is a reason why this remedy has been used for centuries and passed down to us.
2. Beneficial in treating dengue fever
Dengue fever is a notorious fever common in all states in Nigeria.
It is caused by mosquitoes with symptoms like high fever and serious joint pain. It might be the leading cause of unclassified febrile illnesses according to Plos journals
Guava leaf is considered a natural remedy for dengue fever. Guava leaf can increase platelets in the blood, blood platelets help fight diseases.
Try boiling 9 guava leaves in 5 cups of water until about 3 cups are left.
Strain, cool and drink a cup of this concoction 3 times a day. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you are fever-free.
3. Aid in weight loss
There is some evidence that guava tea can assist in weight loss efforts. And so, drinking guava tea has become a quite popular ingredient in weight loss recipes.
While drinking herbal tea may not exactly burn fat or reduce weight directly, it will help in curbing your appetite and control your metabolism.
All you have to do here is to drink guava leaf tea before your first meal in the morning or even use this rich herbal drink as a replacement to your coffee to reap its weight loss benefit.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Excess of low-density lipoprotein in the body is the major cause of heart-related diseases.
According to a published Nutrition and Metabolism article, a study on participants showed that those who drank guava leaf herbal tea ended up with lower cholesterol levels after drinking for eight weeks.
Drinking guava leaf tea for 3 months can lead to a reduction in LDL(bad cholesterol) without any effect on good cholesterol.
The liver is the producer of cholesterol in the body and guava leaf is a good liver cleanser. Drinking guava leaf tea helps detox the liver which makes it produce less of the “bad cholesterol”
5. Beneficial for diabetes
It might interest you to know that Japan recently approved the use of guava herbal tea as one of her specific health foods for the treatment and management of diabetes!
According to research carried out in Japan, guava leaf can effectively lower blood glucose in diabetics.
It may also inhibit the absorption of sucrose in the body, effectively lowering blood sugar levels.
Guava tea is known to be a great option for diabetics with a low glycaemic index. It is very rich in dietary fiber.
This directly helps as a relief for constipation which is a major complaint of diabetics.
It is also a claim that guava tea can prevent type-2 diabetes.
Drinking guava leaf tea for 12 weeks has been found to lower blood sugar levels without increasing insulin production.
6. Heals cold and cough
Guava leaf is rich in vitamin C and iron.
Vitamin C and iron are both effective in inhibiting mucus production and help to disinfect the respiratory tract.
Drinking guava leaf tea is an excellent way to take care of your tract and prevent cough.
7. Aid digestion
Guava leaf tea help in food digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes.
At the same time, the antibacterial substances in this tea kill toxic bacteria in the gut.
Guava leaf is particularly beneficial in treating food poisoning, and can also soothe vomiting and nausea.
To relieve stomach trouble, boil 8 guava leaves in 1.5 liters of water and drink three times a day.
This is another ancient remedy that many families around the world still rely on as a natural stomach ache treatment today.
8. Treatment of Toothache, Sore Throat, and Gum Disease
Check up the packages of most herbal toothpaste, you will see guava leaf as a major ingredient.
Due to their anti-inflammatory qualities, fresh guava leaves can relieve a host of aches and pains, including toothache, gum disease, and mouth sores.
it can also treat sore throats when gargled regularly.
The antibacterial, antiplaque, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant agents found in these leaves can protect the teeth and gums and help maintain their strength.
Guava leaves also help keep your breath fresh and clean, and for these reasons, guava leaves are used as an ingredient in natural toothpaste and mouth fresheners.
In fact, you can make your homemade guava toothpaste by mixing up coconut oil, baking soda, salt, and ground guava leaf.
Brush your teeth and gum with it leaving this on your gum for 5 minutes before rinsing.
You will be amazed at its effectiveness.
9. Cancer treatment
An Indian researcher, Dr. Anju Sood has claimed that antioxidant lycopene present abundantly in guava leaf can protect the body against cancer, specifically prostate, breast, and oral cancer.
Several other research has buttressed the claim that lycopene plays a significant role in the prevention of cancer.
As already discussed, the antioxidant properties in guava leaf can help fight cancerous cells in general. This keeps your body at a peak of health.
10. Improve sperm production
Recent findings by Nigerian researchers suggest that the extract of guava leaf has beneficial effects on sperm production and quality.
They also claim that it improves the sperm parameters of infertile men.
Consumption of guava tea every day may increase the chances of conception. Though more research is needed to prove this.
11. Treatment of wounds and infection
Guava leaf contains powerful antibacterial compounds that greatly aid the healing of skin infections, sores, and even surgical wounds.
They dry up wounds, prevent further contaminations, and can even heal ear infections.
For the best result, boil freshly obtained guava leaves in water until the water turns dark green.
Pour this solution into a bottle and leave to stand until the temperature turns lukewarm. Pour this solution on your wound and leave it to soak in.
For fast healing, apply this treatment about 2-3 times per day.
12. Reduces acne, pimples, and dark spot
Dark spots and acne can be removed when guava leaf extract is placed on the troubled spot.
Guava leaves have been known for long to be a toning agent, helping to lighten skin blemishes.
All you simply need to do is marsh guava leaf until the juice comes out. Rub on the acne spot and leave it on the skin for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Repeat this daily until the spot fades.
13. Anti-aging benefits
You should have bet that this will come.
Guava leaf extract has powerful antioxidant compounds. Research has shown that guava leaves contain even much more powerful free-radical fighting properties than the actual guava fruit.
This effectively makes guava leave a good fit for keeping skin wrinkles at bay.
14. Natural hair loss remedy
The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties of guava leaf help nourish the scalp.
Its vitamin C content aid collagen activity helping in hair growth.
Furthermore, the lycopene content of this leaf helps protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays.
In short, these properties prove the leaves of guava to be a natural source of hair health and protection.
For hair treatment, boil some guava leaves in 1 liter of water for about 20minutes. Leave to cool and then apply vigorously to the root of your hair.
Rinse off with warm water after 10 to 15 minutes. Habitually do this at least 3 times per week to get the best result.
How to prepare guava leaf herbal tea
Now you’ve seen the numerous guava leaf health benefits packed in guava tea. You should be convinced now that guava leaf tea is a daily must-drink tea for you and your family.
Do note that if you can’t get fresh guava leaf, its dried form can be bought in supermarkets or online stores.
Fresh guava leaf
To prepare guava leaf tea; Source about 7 fresh guava leaves, wash them and boil in 1Litre of water for 10minutes.
Filter this solution to remove strands and if you want it to taste better, add honey to it and store it in a safe container.
Dry guava leaf
Source about 6 dry guava leaves and grind into powder. Add 1 tablespoon full into 1 cup of hot water to brew for 5 minutes.
Strain the solution and store as discussed for the fresh guava leaves.
Guava leaf supplements
You might not like the taste of fresh guava leaf tea, or you can’t go through the stress of preparation.
In this case, you can always go for the substitute which is packaged guava leaves supplement in capsule or sachet forms.
These capsules are available in medicine stores and they will still give you the health benefits that guava provides.
Guava leaf is another medicinal gift from nature to humanity. Little wonder why many health products have guava extract as a major ingredient.
You will do yourself much favour to go for a homemade fresh guava leaf. If you don’t want to, guava extract is available in abundance as supplements in capsules, sachets, and many stores sell the dried leaf already packaged.
Have you ever used guava leaf to cure any ailment before? Will you start using guava leaf extract as revealed above? I will like to hear your thoughts in the comment section.