Wednesday, November 23, 2016

English Guava in herbal medicine

This is a shrub with numerous branches up to 5 m high or more. The bark is thin, scaly, and flaky and the young branches are hairy and four-angled.

Scientific Name for English guava: Psidium guajava L Bayabas. There are different types of guavas and this is one of the many the English Guava.

The leaves are opposite, ovate oblong to elliptic, hairy up to 12 cm long with entire margins and prominent lateral veins.

The fruit is edible and makes an excellent jelly or jam and used for seasoning foods. The bark and the leaves are boiled for diarrhea. Wood is used for tool handles.

Guava fruit is not only good in vitamins but is good for the treatment of diarrhea, fainting spells, ringworm, swollen gum, sun burn and prickly heat. For the relief of diarrhea boil 10 chop leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 minutes.

Adults drink 1 cup 3 times daily after every loose bowel movement children under 2 yrs. 1 tbp., 3 times 2 - 6 yrs. 1/4 cup 3 times and 7 - 12 1/2 cup 3 times after every loose bowel movement.

The skin of color ripe fruits ranges from pale green to bright yellow skin with or without a red blush. The fruits of guava possess a strong, unique and alluring flavor and aroma due to esters and terpene.
English Guava in herbal medicine
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