Guava is a tropical fruit that has a wide range of health benefits. Most people focus on the fruit, but the leaves deserve the same attention because of their medicinal properties. They have several uses, particularly in fighting infections caused by bacteria.
If you have abdominal pain, accompanied by watery stools, these are symptoms of diarrhea. If you leave these symptoms untreated you may become dehydrated and in some cases, you may have bloody stools. While diarrhea can be caused by viruses, it’s cause can also be bacteria from contaminated food or water. Bacteria that can cause diarrhea are:
You can stop bacteria growth with a simple guava leaves drink. To prepare it, just boil 30 gr. of guava leaves along with a handful of rice flour, then add these two ingredients to a glass of water. You should consume this drink twice a day.
Bronchitis most of the times, can be caused by viruses, but there are some cases when it is caused by bacteria. Often times mycoplasma, bordetella pertussis and chlamydia are among the bacteria that cause the terrible cough that comes along with the bronchitis. Bronchitis often has symptoms that resemble the ones of the common cold, like fatigue, chillness, runny nose and sore throat. A tea from guava leaves can help open up your lungs and treat your loosening mucus and cough.
Wounds and infections
Guava leaves are packed with antibacterial properties that help with the healing process of skin infections and in some cases, wounds caused by surgeries. They prevent inflammation, dry the wound very fast and stop other infections that may occur. Ear infection can also be treated with the paste from these leaves.
You are going to need fresh guava leaves and they should be cleaned before using. Then, boil the leaves in water and when the liquid becomes dark green, you can take them off the heat. After that, pour the water in a glass and when its warm, pour it on the affected area. You should do this 2 or 3 times a day, until you start noticing improvements.
According to a study, guava leaf extracts can stop microorganisms that can cause infections, including E. coli, salmonella, bacillus cereus, and staphylococcus. The leaves have an essential oil with tannins, triterpenes, cineol, flavonoids, malic acid, eugenol, and chlorophyll among many others. These bioactive components have the ability to fight pathogens and even control blood sugar levels. These characteristics make guava leaves quite effective in fighting infections and inflammation.