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Guava is a fruit of which we appreciate the many benefits and virtues for health.
Guava or Psidium Guajava is the fruit of the guava tree. This plant belongs to the Myrtaceae family and can reach 3 to 6 m. It supports both negative temperatures and extreme heat.
In Brazil it is nicknamed Feijoa. Guava is harvested in the fall.
This tropical fruit is more or less round in shape, with a sometimes green, orange or yellow skin. Its flesh varies in color, pink, white or yellow
Particularly in winter, we find on our shelves several varieties of guava, pear-shaped or apple-shaped.
Guava is a gold mine for our health. It offers many virtues in both medicine and cosmetology.
Guava, for the record
The guava is native to South America (Brazil). The Aztecs have cultivated it for over 2,000 years. They nicknamed it "plum of the sand", in reference to the seeds present in the flesh.
She then traveled to the West Indies, Tahiti.
For centuries, Africans have used guava in their traditional medicine
Today is particularly produced in China, India but also in South America and Martinique.
Guava, health benefits and virtues
Guava for better digestion :
Guava is excellent for transit. Rich in dietary fiber, it fights against diarrhea.
Recommendations: Chew the leaves or seeds of the guava. Or infuse the guava leaves in 1 L of water and drink the preparation, once filtered, during the day.
The virtues of guava leaves:
Guava leaves hold the properties analgesics. They relieve sore throat and dental pain.
Use: Drink the infusion of guava leaves, or make mouthwashes, or chew the leaves.
Its leaves also have properties anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory drugs. Thus they accelerate the healing mechanism and relieve all types of inflammation: bronchitis, tonsillitis, inflammation of the gums, pharyngitis.
Use: The leaves in decoction then gargle.
In decoction, we use the leaves of the guava tree for its properties astringent. Recommendations: Apply to damaged areas of the skin.
They also reduce vomiting.
Guava is rich in anti-oxidants. It fights against premature aging of cells and free radicals harmful to the body.
Its anti-oxidants reduce the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells. Vitamin C, for its part, stimulates the defense of our body.
Guava is a diuretic. Effective in the event of water retention.
Guava is a Hypo-allergenic. It limits the production of histamine, released, in cases of allergies.
Guava for the arteries :
Guava is also known for lowers blood pressure. It is recommended to consume guava in case of hypertension. Thus it would reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, it would decrease the level of bad cholesterol.
Indications for guava: Diarrhea, digestive disorders, water retention, toothache and headaches, inflammation, high blood pressure.
Guava in the kitchen
Caloric intake of guava: 68g / 100g.
Guava lipid intake: 0.6g / 100g.
Guava is eaten raw, in juice, in mousse
It can also be cooked, to make excellent compotes or jams.
Very refreshing, we like to eat guava in smoothie, in sorbet, or in fruit salad.
Its juice is very popular in the famous punch and other cocktails. Guava goes very well with other fruits: raspberry, strawberry, mango and coconut.
It also perfumes cakes and cheesecake.
The followers of Sweety salty, eat guava quarters soaked in soy sauce or vinegar.
For a sweet dessert, the guava jam mixes very well with the fromage blanc.
It has its place in the diet of diabetics because it does not cause blood sugar levels to spike in them.
Guava provides many minerals and trace elements beneficial to the proper functioning of the body: magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and manganese. But also vitamins of group B and vitamin C.
Guava, a beauty tip
Guava also has virtues in cosmetology.
For hair in particular, it limits hair loss.
Use: boil the guava leaves. Then filter the leaves.
Once you have lathered your shampoo, rinse with the water obtained after filtering the leaves.
Guava is astringent, it restores radiance to the skin.
Uses of guava:
A cleansing lotion : Boil the fruit and its leaves. Filter and keep the water cool. To cleanse your skin, soak your cotton pad with your resulting lotion.
In decoction, guava relieves skin irritations.
A natural scrub : Mix a guava and a kiwi. Add to the mixture a spoonful of liquid honey. In the shower massage your body.
Another tip: Cut a guava in half and make circular motions on clean skin. Then rinse.
Anti-acne and against blackheads: Crush the leaves of the guava tree, mixed with water. And apply on the face and rinse.
In addition, the anti-bacterial properties of guava, eliminate oral bacteria, thus ensuring better breath.
Smart tip about guava
Storage of guava: very fragile, it can only be kept for 2 days in the refrigerator.
For your guava to reach maturity, leave it there for a few days at room temperature.