17 Best Benefits Of Guava Leaves (Amrood ke Patte) For Skin And Health February 2, 2017

Most of us know about the health benefits of guava fruit. But we are unaware of the fact that even guava leaves (Amrood ke Patte) in Hindi have several medicinal properties and offer an array of health benefits. Being packed with antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents and beneficial tannins, fresh guava leaves are considered as a natural pain reliever. The chemicals contained in these leaves such as polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids and tannins can be extremely effective in treating various diseases.

Owing to the side effects resulting from the usage of medicines and drugs, herbal plants are being increasingly considered for the treatment of various diseases and guava leaf is one of them. Due to its medicinal properties, guava leaf supplements are nowadays available in the form of capsules and guava leaf tea.

Uses Of Guava Leaves

Guava Leaves Benefits For Health

Guava leaves are regarded as herbal treatment for several diseases due to their medicinal properties. The health benefits of guava leaves are given below.

1. Aid in Weight Loss:

Guava leaves aid in weight loss by preventing the complex starches from being converted into sugars. For this purpose, the carbs must be broken down in the liver for use by the body and guava leaves prevent the transition of carbohydrates to usable compounds.

2. Beneficial for Diabetics:

According to research conducted by the Yakult Central Institute in Japan, guava leaf tea can effectively lower blood glucose in diabetics by reducing the alpha-glucosidease enzyme activity. Moreover, it prevents the absorption of sucrose and maltose by the body, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. Drinking guava leaf tea for 12 weeks lowers the blood sugar levels without increasing insulin production.

3. Lower Cholesterol:

Research has proved that drinking guava leaf tea for 3 months can lead to reduction in LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides without any adverse effect on good cholesterol. Besides, the guava leaves are a great liver tonic.

4. Treatment of Diarrhea and Dysentery:

Guava leaves are herbal remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. For treating diarrhea, boil 30 grams of guava leaves with a handful of rice flour in 1-2 glasses of water and drink this concoction twice a day. In case of dysentery, cut the roots and leaves of guava plant and boil them for 20 minutes at a temperature of 90 degrees Celsius. Strain the water and drink in moderation until relieved.

5. Aids in Digestion:

Guava leaf tea aids in digestion by stimulating digestive enzyme production. The powerful antibacterial agents kill bacteria in the lining of the gut and stop proliferation of toxic enzymes by bacteria. Guava leaves are particularly beneficial in case of food poisoning as well as soothing, vomiting and nausea. To relieve stomach ache, boil 8 pieces of guava leaves in 1.5 liters of water and drink thrice a day.

6. Treatment of Bronchitis:

Guava leaf tea is effective in treating bronchitis by opening up the lungs, loosening mucus and soothing coughs.

7. Treatment of Toothaches, Sore Throats and Gum Disease:

Due to their anti-inflammatory qualities, fresh guava leaves can relieve tooth ache, heal gum and mouth sores and treat sore throats when used for gargling. The antibacterial agent in these leaves protect the teeth and gums and therefore, guava leaves are used as an ingredient in toothpastes and mouth fresheners. Guava leaves can even be made into a natural paste at home for brushing the teeth and gums.

8. Beneficial in Dengue Fever:

Guava leaves are considered a natural remedy for dengue fever. This is because guava leaf extract can increase the number of platelets in the blood and is not toxic at all. For this purpose 9 pieces of guava leaves should be boiled in 5 cups of water until 3 cups of water is left. After straining and cooling, a cup of this concoction should be given to the patient thrice a day.

9. Prostate Cancer:

Guava leaves can be beneficial in case of prostate cancer and enlargement.

10. Reduction of Allergies:

Guava leaves prevent the release of histamine. Moreover, the compounds found in guava leaves are effective in blocking all allergic reactions.

11. Sperm Production:

Consumption of guava leaf tea has proven to be effective in increasing sperm production, thus helping with conception.

12. Treatment of Wounds and Infections:

Guava leaves have great healing properties that can treat wounds such as cuts, impact abrasion etc. The antibacterial agents prevent infection and reduce inflammation of the uterus to accelerate the healing of wounds. Guava leaf tea can help in curing ear infections as well.

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Guava Leaves Benefits For Skin

When it comes to skincare, guava leaves can greatly help in improving your skin and treatment of various skin disorders. Following are the benefits of guava leaves for skin.

13. Treatment of Acne and Black spots:

Acne and black spots are quite annoying as they adversely affect the appearance of your skin. Guava leaves are effective in eliminating acne and black spots from the skin. They contain an antiseptic that can kill acne causing bacteria. For this purpose, mash some guava leaves and apply it on the acne and dark spots. Rinse with water after sometime. This should be done daily until the skin is clear.

14. Removal of Blackheads:

For the treatment of blackheads, blend the guava leaves with little water and use it as a scrub on your nose to remove blackheads.

15. Anti-ageing Benefits:

Guava leaves contain antioxidants which destroy the free radicals that damage your skin, thus protecting your skin from ageing as well as improving skin tone and texture. A decoction of mature guava leaves can be applied on the skin for tightening it.

16. Relieves Itching:

Skin itching can lead to serious problem if not treated immediately. Guava leaves are an instant cure for getting rid of itchiness as they contain allergy blocking compounds.

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Guava Leaves Benefits For Hair

Being rich in nutrients and antioxidants, guava leaves help in promoting healthy hair growth.

17. Natural Remedy for Hair Loss:

To stop hair loss, boil a handful of guava leaves in a liter of water for around 20 minutes. After cooling, apply it on your scalp and massage rigorously.

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  • anugu kishor babu

    Dear saba,

    You missed out the quantity of leaves one has to consume every day and for how many days to get optimum results. Also you have not mentioned how to take and when to take the same and also any side effects for excessive consumption.

    Please add these to y0ur article to make it complete and usable.

    anugu kishor babu, chennai

    • Pardhu Wins

      quantity he mentioned above as handful. Further it might be there are no side effects as these are natural herbal leaves.

    • prabhatjn

      You are right! I am unable to find the information if the leaves are edible. I guess you only need to take it in the form of tea, or chew it (without swallowing) if you have toothache.

  • Pardhu Wins

    No words to say more effective than special thanks. Keep it up. with best regards.

  • Ankitha

    I love Guava fruit and good to know that its really good for skin and hair also.Thank you for this useful article

  • Kiran Deep

    good information but incomplete, you have not mention how to use it, for how long to use it, in what quantity the leaves should be used

  • saba naaz

    For topical application, the quantity of leaves to be used depends upon your requirement. A handful is probably sufficient as mentioned above. You cannot consume them directly. It is is advisable to use the decoction. I’ll get back to you regarding the side effects. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the information… (y)

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much have learned a lot for your very informative links .Keep it up

  • Rafael Alvarez

    I have the cure in my backyard, Ihave those trees .

  • K.Babu

    i am drinking daily the boiled hot water after every meal (morning, lunch and dinner). If I continue this practice, How it will help my health and body

  • Anonymous

    i tried to boiled some guava leaves and drink it as my tea every morning. its help me to relieve my stomach ache. thanks for this information.

  • Daphne

    I have for the last fifty years eaten the young leaves of the guava tree raw when i have an upset stomach. It is an almost instant remedy,You dont need much. maybe a leaf or two only per occasion. I just gave some to my son today as he had a bad bout of food poisoning. He feels much better which no doctors medicine could do.

  • Melanie Lagasca

    how many leaves that i will boiled in one liter of water?

  • edz

    Yes try boil banana leaf use to wash the wound everyday and put some antibiotic powder ( capsule).. then leave it open don’t put any bandage or band aid..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Mimi, for treating acne, guava leaves can be blended with some water and this mixture can be applied on the affected skin. Rinse with water after sometime. This should be done daily until the skin is clear.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Zizi, to remove black/ dark spots mashed guava leaves are applied on the affected area for a while, until it turns a little dry.. it is applied like any other face pack. Guava leaves have antibacterial agents that act on dark spot and helps in clearing the skin. Hence it is not required to leave on the skin for longer period of time.

  • setsuna

    ahmm can i ask?………..is guava leaves can add by something, like sugars for it to taste better, can it help or can it harm, and give more harm to the person who will drink it

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Setsuna, to make the guava leaves tea taste better, you can add ingredients like liquorice, black pepper, green cardamom or honey. If you wish to consume guava leaves tea to control diabetes then it is best to avoid sugar or honey to the tea.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Russel, guava leaves extract can be added to soaps too to treat acne, black spots and blackheads.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Mahendra, drinking guava leaf tea prepared by steeping the dried leaves in hot water helps lower total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels and triglycerides. For hair loss, boil a handful of guava leaves in a liter of water for around 20 minutes. After cooling, apply it and massage your scalp to stop your hair loss.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thanks Regina….for sharing your experience with us !

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi RJ, yes the concoction can be stored or refrigerated for future use. You can store it for a couple of days… do not store it for more than three days.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Maurica, if you are taking a certain medication then it is good to consult your doctor first before you try any home remedy like drinking guava leaf tea.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Chuy, studies showing the benefits of guava leaf tea are still preliminary, and more evidence is needed to verify the beneficial effects found by the few existing studies. However, there are no adverse effects or drug interactions with guava leaf tea. Pregnant women may want to avoid drinking this type of tea, as there isn’t sufficient evidence about its safety at this time.

  • Careena

    Do you have to leave the hair loss water on or rinse it out?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Careena, one you have applied and massaged your scalp with the guava leaves water, then you can leave it on your hair for 20-25 mins and then rinse your hair with plain water.