The guava may appear to be a humble fruit, but it actually should be at the top of your list of superfoods. While the benefits of the guava fruit are many—from giving you better eyesight to a boosted immune system—its leaves have properties of their own. So, the next time you buy guavas, we suggest you stock up on the leaves because they can help you with everything from acne to better hair growth.

 

Benefits of eating guava leaves

Benefits of eating guava leaves

The health benefits of guava leaves are manifold. Boiling the leaves and drinking the water reduces bad cholesterol, helps in processing carbohydrates and also aids weight loss. Phew! Furthermore, tea made out of its leaves helps our eyesight and manages blood sugar levels. The leaves are also high on antioxidants that help boost the immune system and keep common ailments like colds at bay.

 

How do guava leaves benefit your skin?

How do guava leaves benefit your skin?

The wondrous guava leaves have plenty of benefits for our skin and hair.

 

Guava leaves for acne

Guava leaves for acne

The extract of guava leaves is antimicrobial and has anti-inflammatory properties. This means that the leaves can help in fighting bacteria that build up on the face, leading to acne.

 

Black spots, blemishes and scars

Black spots, blemishes and scars

Guava leaves have micronutrients that can protect the skin from hyperpigmentation, dark spots, blemishes and redness. A paste made out of the leaves is known to reduce stubborn blemishes and blackheads.

 

Skin irritation

Skin irritation

Guava leaves can soothe any irritation or inflammation on the skin due to cystic acne. You could either make a pack out of crushed leaves or boil the leaves for 10 minutes, strain them and then splash your face with the water.

 

Blackheads

Blackheads

If you have large pores, no matter how clean you keep your face, blackheads are bound to form. There are several ways guava leaves can help. Its paste can be used to exfoliate your skin to prevent blackheads from forming in the first place. You can also make a DIY pack with aloe vera gel like the Vaseline Aloe Gel, turmeric and guava leaves to apply to the blackheads. This can be scrubbed later and then rinsed with water.

 

Oily skin

Oily skin

Oily skin brings with it woes like acne, whiteheads and blackheads. Guava leaves strip the skin of excess sebum which in turn makes sure your face stays acne-free. Use a face mask made out of guava leaves and lemon once a week. The leaves together with the natural astringent in lemon juice will help control the oiliness.

 

Anti-ageing benefits

Anti-ageing benefits

Guava leaves are rich in antioxidants that help protect the skin from sagging, blemishes and wrinkles. Additionally, they’re known to even out the skin tone and even stimulate collagen production which is needed to keep the skin tight.

 

How to get the most out of guava leaves

How to get the most out of guava leaves

One can directly apply guava leaves for skin benefits. Add a few drops of water and grind the leaves together. Rub the paste on your skin—generously in areas that have spots and pigmentation. Once it dries, rub it off, for your very own exfoliation session at home. You could finish with a gentle cleanser like the Lakme Perfect Radiance Face Wash. Try this pack once or twice a week for best results.

 

How to make guava leaf tea

How to make guava leaf tea

Add a couple of guava leaves to boiling water for 10 minutes. Let it cool and then strain it. This works best when had on an empty stomach. You can even consume this every day for overall health.

 

How to eat guava leaves

How to eat guava leaves

Guava leaves can be eaten raw. Simply wash a couple of leaves thoroughly and eat them. You can even experiment by adding these leaves to homemade sauces and chutneys.

 

How to use guava leaf oil

How to use guava leaf oil

Guava leaf oil helps with dandruff and hair fall, stimulating the hair follicles and encouraging hair growth. Apply a few drops to the scalp and massage gently. You can also apply the oil to your tresses as it moisturises the hair and controls frizz. But before that shampoo using the Tresemme Keratin Shampoo and dry your hair as it breaks down the grime letting the guava leaf oil get fully absorbed into your locks.

 

FAQs on guava leaves

FAQs on guava leaves

1) Can I drink guava leaf tea every day?

It can be consumed daily. It is particularly recommended for those who suffer from extreme menstrual pain, diabetes or diarrhoea.

2) Can you have guava leaves on an empty stomach?

Yes. In fact, research suggests that drinking guava leaf tea on an empty stomach is beneficial for health.

3) Which diseases can guava leaves cure?

There are many health benefits of guava leaves as they can help with diarrhoea, cholesterol, blood sugar, menstrual pain, cough and cold, viral infections, toothaches, stress and bad eyesight.

4) What are the benefits of boiling guava leaves?

Since guava leaves are high in vitamin C, it helps those who have a cold, cough or viral infection. It also controls diarrhoea and encourages weight loss. With so many benefits to gain, what’s not to love?