Protein, iron, carbohydrates, phosphorus, niacin, B-complex vitamins and calcium. These are the active principles found in fruits and other parts of the plant known as guabiroba. Belonging to the Myrtaceae family, this herb has the scientific name Campomanesia xanthocarpa, but popularly it can be called by several other names, such as: guabirova, guava-da-serra, guavira, guabirá etc.

Guabiroba: allied plant of the urinary system

Among the properties of this plant are its astringent, anti-diarrheal and diuretic action. The latter, for example, is found mainly in the leaves and bark of the guabiroba and therefore it can be used in the treatment of various disorders that affect people’s urinary system. Two great examples of diseases treatable with this plant are: cystitis and urethritis.

While cystitis is a bladder infection, it provokes an intense and constant urge to urinate, but not enough urine for so many trips to the bathroom. Urethritis is an infection in the urethra. Both diseases can appear in men as well as in women, but in the latter case it is more common in women, considering that the female urinary system is more exposed than the male one.

How to make tea from this plant?

This recipe takes 30 g of guabiroba peel and/or leaves and half a liter of filtered water. First of all, it is necessary to boil the liquid and then mix it with the main ingredient. It is important to leave the tea covered and brew for 10 minutes, and then consume it. The tip is to drink it without added sugar or any other sweetener and, at most, three times throughout the day.

Other ways to use guabiroba

While the bark and leaves are sources of medicinal properties, the fruits of this plant are full of active ingredients that contribute to the health of the body, which is why it is a great option to consume them still “in natura”. So much so that this option is excellent for treating diarrhea and other changes in the digestive system. In addition, the fruit can also be used in the preparation of juices, jellies, sweets, etc.