Healthy Living

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT GUAVA LEAF

Hey guys… It’s another weekend, and I do hope we have plans of staying fit throughout…. Ok so this week e are going to highlighting on Guava Leaf. Honestly, with the way things are going, I might just walk up to any plant or fruit leaf and have a serious conversation with them – like, hey fruitie or plantie, tell me what’s your advantage? Lol…. Enjoy!

Guava leaves are actually full of many different health benefits and people aren’t aware of that. They contain high levels of vitamins A and C, potassium, healthy fiber and lycopene.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • 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.

  • Boost Immunity

Guava leaves’ tea helps in boosting the immune systems and reduce 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 leaves tea is good for cloth menses, painful menstruation and insufficient menstrual flow.

  • Keeps Skin Younger

The regular intake of guava tea rejuvenate and keeps 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 little water and use as a body scrub regularly and you will be shocked with the amazing results.

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  • Eye Sight

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

  • Improves Quality Sleep

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

  • Fights Allergy

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.

  • High Cholesterol

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

  •  Bronchitis, Coughs/Colds

Guava leaf tea will help you against bronchitis and coughs because of its high content of vitamin C and Iron (Fe). It gets rid of mucus.  Better when taken with pure honey.

  • Body Itching caused by Allergy

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

  • Insect Bites

Apply crushed guava leaves on the affected areas.

  • Typhoid and Malaria Fever

Guava leaves tea is very helpful 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 fats burning effects in the body. Guava leaf tea stops carbohydrates from turning into sugar and thus suppresses appetite. This will in turn help you to reduce weight.

  • Stomach Upset and Constipation

Guava leaf tea is exceptionally good for most abdominal infections because of it’s antibacterial properties.

  • Stomach Ulcer

Guava leaf contains Methanol extract that’s composed by volatile oil, flavonoid and saponin which works against stomach ulcers, and also promote healing effect.

  • Hair treatment

Guava leaves can really help against hair loss. Crushing the leaves and rubbing on the scalp regularly or gently massage your scalp with concentrated tea from boiled leaves will prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

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  • Food Poisoning

Guava leaves also provides a great help. Chew fresh young  leaves or take teas of the leaves.

  • Diarrhea and Dysentery

Chew a few (about three) younger leaves. Teas from the leaves are also very effective thanks to its the strong antimicrobial properties.

  • Liver Health

Guava leaves have a hepatoprotective activity which cure liver injuries induced by toxic drugs like paracetamol, alcohol, etc. It also protects the liver against some damaging enzymes like Bilirubin, Alkaline phosphatase, Aspartate aminotransferase, etc.

  • Prostate Cancer / Enlargement, Breast and Oral Cancers

Guava leaves high lycopene content is vital in fighting cancers such as breasts, prostate and oral.

  • Gastric (Stomach) Cancers

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

  • Metabolism

Guava leaf tea regulates metabolism due to its rich copper content.

  • Heart Diseases

Reduces the risk of heart diseases and strokes because of its high anti-inflammatory, high fibre and antioxidant properties…

  • 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):

Guava leaves tea will boost libido in both sexes. Work better when honey is added (in non diabetics).

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  • Acne /Pimples

Guava leaf is high in vitamin C, which helps to heal acne / pimples. It contains the antibacterial which works against the bacteria P. Acne which causes acne. Its anti-inflammatory components reduces redness and inflammation of the skin.

  • Minor Cuts like Scrapes or Abrasion

Apply crushed guava leaves juice  to prevent infections.

  • Ear Infections

Apply cold guava leaves tea

  • Dengue Fever

Guava leaves work against Dengue. They increase the thrombocytes and platelets in the serum. Boil some few guava leaves (about 5 to 6 or a tablespoonful of powder from dried leaves) in little 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 relief.

  • 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 hypoglycemic effect in the body.

  • Toothache

To relieve toothache, chew guava leaves or apply leaves past on affected tooth/teeth.

  • Inflamed Gums and Mouth Sores

For inflamed gums and sores in the oral cavity, chew guava leaves and also take hot guava leaves tea with pure honey.

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  • Blackheads

Crush several guava leaves and stir in a little bit of water and applied on skin to remove blackheads naturally. Use this instead of your regular face cleaners that have toxic chemicals.

DOSAGES

*7 to 10 younger fresh leaves (or 5 to 6 older ones) should be boiled with 1 liter of water in a closed pot over a gentle flame

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1 tablespoonful of the powder of dried leaves boiled in 1 Liter of 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.

  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers

– Guava leaves are good for all including pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. But for pregnant mothers, the doses should be reduced by half, that is, about 4 to 5 younger and fresh leaves prepared with a liter of water. I am conscious that, there are many researchers who say the leaves are completely not good for pregnant women. But from practical experience, I recommend  minimum doses for pregnant women. These minimum doses are  beneficial to them. Nb: The problem here is the doze and not the leaf…For example, honey is good and beneficial to pregnant women, but higher doses will cause abortions. Same goes to potent plants like guava leaves and a host of others… There’s no proven  evidence that they are harmful to babies through mothers’ milk but mere assumptions. I read what others publish too, then compare with my long time practical experience before concluding…

SIDE EFFECTS

– It may give headache when taken in very high doses.

– It may cause excessive menstrual bleeding in some women.

BY – Dr Richard FRU,  /NMD – GENIWA.

Isn’t God awesome?. He has given us everything we need. We thank the Omnipotent and Omniscient Creator for all his blessing of life of which Guava is one of them. He has given us food as medicine and medicine as food. Plant a guava tree today!! The whether is favorable for it now.

NOTE: Please seek a professional medical practitioner before taking this.

Chukukere Amarachi is an Artistic Nigerian Social Impact Advocate, Blogger, Communications & Media Enthusiast, Aspiring Social Entrepreneur and Trainer who promotes and believes in sustainable livelihoods for all. She seeks to inspires a global audience with her voice, business, community development projects and advocacy messages. Her Goal Building an enabling environment for great potentials to thrive. She can be really goofy and playful, is attracted to exotic dishes and locations and wouldn't mind owning a private jet, oh yeah! She's a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. For her people who cook, create, explore and travel have a spot in my heart ♥

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