As winter approaches, the markets will be flooded with guavas. Tangy and tasty, guava is rich in vitamin C, lycopene, antioxidants and other nutrients. While guava fruit is something we all love to eat, do you its leaves are equally beneficial. We tell you some of the benefits of these leaves today.
Guava leaves are good against itching caused by allergies or insect bites. Put a paste of crushed guava leaves on the affected area and see the itching effect go away. Crushed guava leaves are good for treatment of minor cuts like scrapes or abrasions.
These leaves are a good treatment for thinning of hair. Boil some leaves in water and allow the water to cool down to room temperature. Now massage your scalp with this water. This water can also be used for treatment of outer ear infections. If you are suffering from toothache, inflamed gums or sores in the mouth, chew some guava leaves to get rid of the problem.
Due to its high vitamin C content, crushed guava leaves when applied on acne and pimples are very beneficial. Crushed guava leaves are a great scrub for removing blackheads from the face. It also prevents premature skin aging.
Guava leaf tea is an excellent treatment for bronchitis and cough. It also stops carbohydrates from turning into sugar and thus suppresses appetite. This, in turn, will also help you to reduce weight. It is effective in treatment of a number of stomach disorders, diarrhea, food poisoning and dysentery. Guava leaf tea is effective in treating enlarged prostate and specially recommended for men with fertility problems. It is also very beneficial for diabetics as it reduces blood sugar level and does not stimulate insulin secretion.
Boil nine guava leaves in five cups of water until the amount you have in your pot reduces by half. Drink this water when cool if you happen to be suffering from dengue.