Back in the day, when I’d get cuts and wounds, my grandmother would boil guava leaves and use it to clean and cure cuts. She said the wounds would heal faster than any antibiotic or topical ointment doctor would give.
So, it’s literally like Wolverine?
I didn’t believe her but when I gave birth to my first child, my mom did the same thing: boiled guava leaves (or dahon ng bayabas) and asked me to use it as a vaginal wash. For some reason, both of them were right. This traditional herbal method has more benefits than just curing wounds and cuts; guava is one of the powerful medicinal fruits in the Philippines.
If you prefer a natural remedy, bookmark this article as Loveit.ph team gathered 5 surprising benefits of guava leaves.
5 Surprising Benefits of Guava Leaves
1. Beneficial for diabetics
According to Yakult Central Institute in Japan, boiled guava leaves and drink as tea may effectively lower glucose levels in the blood.
It also prevents the absorption of sucrose and maltose by the body lowering blood sugar levels faster than any medicine. If taken straight for 12 days, you’ll see a significant change in your blood results.
2. Helps lower cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and is good for the liver
Research proves that drinking guava leaf tea for 3 months reduces LDL or bad cholesterol and triglyceride. It also regulates blood pressure and is good for the liver as a tonic drink. You may also try SnowCaps Glutathione. Its natural ingredients may help cure fatty liver, and at the same time, gives you a fairer and whiter skin.
3. Improves the immune system
Guava contains vitamin C that helps and improves the immune system. Guava has anti-inflammatory properties that fight off diseases. Eating one guava a day fights off the common diseases like colds, coughs, and flu.
4. Lowers the risk of Cancer
Guava has anti-cancer properties that work as antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals damage in the body. Regular intake of guava can prevent different types of cancer like breast, mouth, skin, stomach, colon, lung and prostate cancer.
5. Fights of Dengue Fever
Guava leaf extract can increase the number of platelets in the blood, thus fighting Dengue fever. Boil 9 leaves of guava in 5 cups of water until only 3 cups are left. Strain and cool and have the patient with Dengue fever drink the concoction 3 times a day.
Fortunately, our moms and grandparents were quick to realize the benefits of this fruit, which by the way, you can grow at home.