Guava tree or scientifically known as Psidium guajava Linnaeus is abundant in Asian countries as well as in Mexico and Brazil. The fruits are also readily available in other western countries.
Guava is primarily known for its fruit, but the tree’s leaves have long been used for traditional treatments. As they are rich in antioxidants, the leaves are popularly made into tea.
Guava leaf tea has been tested by Brazilian researchers and they have concluded that it can prevent infections due to staphylococcus aureus and even salmonella.
Other uses of guava leaf tea include:
- Stopping diarrhea
- Reducing blood sugar levels
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Fighting coughs
- Treating sore throat
- Curing mouth ulcers
- Fighting diabetes, particularly type 2 in its early stages
With its health uses, you probably want to start making guava leaf tea. Here are four recipes of the drink you can choose from:
Recipe #1: Regular Guava Leaf Tea
You will need:
- Fresh leaves from guava tree
- Optional ingredients: black pepper, honey, mulethi, or green cardamom
With the ingredients ready, here are the steps:
- Add the leaves in water and cook for up to 15 minutes.
- Filter to remove the solids.
- Drink the tea.
You can add the honey or the other optional ingredients to improve the taste.
Recipe #2: Alternative Recipe
Instead of fresh leaves, use dried leaves. You can tie the leaf stems together and place in a paper sack. Close the bag and hang it in a warm, dark place. It usually takes at least three weeks for the leaves to dry completely depending on the humidity of the place. When the leaves are dry, perform the same steps as above.
Recipe #3: Crushed Leaves Tea
You only need tender guava leaves, which should be dried first before crushing them to powder. Then place one tablespoon of the powder to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for five minutes and make sure it is covered. Strain and drink the tea once every day.
Recipe #4: Iced Guava Leaf Tea
This recipe will make six glasses of the tea. Here are the ingredients:
- Six cups of water
- An ounce of guava leaves, dried or fresh
- ½ cup of raw honey
- Six black tea bags (organic is better)
Just like with the other methods, making the tea is quite easy. Just bring water to a boil and let it cool first before you add the tea bags. Add the leaves and stir. You can use crushed leaves as well. Strain and chill after transferring the drink to a pitcher.
Enjoy a glass of guava leaf tea that’s not only refreshing, but also healthy. As with other home remedies, check with your doctor first if this is safe for you.