Belonging to the Myrtaceae family , the guava is well known for its fruit, the guava, which can be red or white. Also known as araçá guava, apple guava, guaiba, guaiava, among other names, the plant has very separate branches, without needing to be pruned. It can reach 6 meters in height and its leaves, hard, opposite and resistant, have ribs on its underside. Its flowers, in turn, are white and are born in junctions of leaves and branches, and may be isolated from each other or in small clusters.
The fruit is rounded and has many seeds. Its flesh can be white or red, depending on the variety. This article deals with the one with the reddish flesh. Fruits should be picked ripe, and tea leaves can be harvested year-round, but mostly in spring. New sheets must be used.
Benefits and properties
Guava has astringent, antibiotic, appetizer, tonic, digestive, laxative, stomachic, emmenagogue and healing properties. It can be used for the treatment of throat disorders, cold sore, convalescence, tuberculosis, foot swelling, metrorrhagia, urinary incontinence, internal bleeding, gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal fermentations, scurvy, enteritis, dysentery, digestive disorders, diarrhea, worms, ulceration, cough , inflammation, gingivitis, fever, stomatitis, among others. Guava is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, in addition to containing pectin in large amounts.
To prepare the tea, you will need:
– Six sprouts cut into small pieces
– A cup of tea of water
In a container, put the water and bring to fire. Meanwhile, in a cup, place the sprouts and set aside. When the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and pour the water over the sprouts, capping immediately afterwards. Let the mixture rest until it becomes warm (temperature enough to be able to consume). Then strain and consume.
The dose to treat diarrhea is to consume half a cup of tea several times a day, always in short intervals until you see improvement in symptoms. In other cases, consume between 2 and 3 cups a day.
ATTENTION: For children, the plant can also be used, but the amount of sprouts for each cup of water is 3 instead of 6. The dose, for them, is a dessert spoon several times a day.
No contraindications were found for the consumption of this tea, however, it is advisable to consult a doctor in specific cases of serious illnesses, pregnancy and lactation.