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Guava trees: Health benefits of guava trees, leaves, fruits and barkBY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-08-19
Fruits are always considered as being good for the health of people. All kinds of fruits are eaten by people around the world. Most of the fruits actually originated in South America. Peanut, potato, tomato and corn are some of the various plants that were brought from South America. Guava is another of the trees that give luscious fruits that were brought from South America and is now being grown all over the world.
Growth of guava trees:
Guava has often been called as the apple of the tropics. These days, guava is being grown in all parts of the world. The tree grows in all tropical and subtropical climates and is very easy to grow. It does not need much of maintenance like manuring and watering. The guava tree is about nine metres high and it thrives in good winter climate.
The guava trees are grown from seedlings and also by layering. The guava tree starts yielding from the fourth year onwards and will continue to yield fruit up to about fifty years. It is a tree that is common in many households because of the ease with which the tree grows.
The guava tree yields about five hundred fruits every year. There are different types of guava trees that are grown. They can be of deep red skin and purplish flesh. Other guavas have yellow skin and white flesh. The red guavas taste is similar to strawberries.
Health benefits of guava:
The fruit is very rich in vitamins. Guavas are very rich in Vitamin C. It contains ten times more vitamins that citrus fruits contain. The only disadvantage is that there is very little Vitamin A in the guava fruit. The guava fruit is also rich in various other minerals and nutrients. The amount of vitamin C in the fruit increases as the fruit starts ripening and is at the maximum level when the fruit is fully ripe.
Guava leaves: The leaves of the guava tree are also medicinal in nature. They yield an essential oil that has a pleasant odour. This is the reason for the guava oils being used in perfumery and confectionery industries.
Guava leaves and the bark of the guava tree are powdered and used for their medicinal properties. The powdered form of the bark and leaves has been found to be beneficial in treating wounds and sores.
A decoction of guava leaves has been found to be good in increasing the digestion foods. It has been found that increased secretion of digestive enzymes is possible with guava leaves. The decoction of guava leaves has been effective in arresting vomiting and also diarrhoea. The decoction can also be gargled to relieve tooth ache and boils on the gums.
A paste formed from the powdering of leaves added to water can be applied on the skin of joints where there is pain due to rheumatoid arthritis. This will help to relieve the pain from the area affected.
Flowers: The flowers of guava have been found to have a cooling effect on the respiratory system. This has been used to treat bronchitis in those affected with this condition.
Thus the guava tree and various parts of the tree have been used to treat various conditions and diseases affecting humans.
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