Most of us know about the health benefits of guava fruit.
But we are unaware of the fact that even guava leaves (Amrood ke Patte) in Hindi have several medicinal properties and offer an array of health benefits.
Being packed with antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents and beneficial tannins, fresh guava leaves are considered as a natural pain reliever. The chemicals contained in these leaves such as polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids and tannins can be extremely effective in treating various diseases.
Did you know that the skin can benefit enormously from guava leaves? Have you ever considered that something as simple as the leaves of guava fruit can do your skin a lot of good? Well, it is true.
Here we list top 4 ways the amazing leaf can help your skin.
Guava has very potent antioxidant properties and a study found that the leaf has much more potent free radical scavenging properties than the fruit itself, making it perfect to keep wrinkles at bay. Apart from that the leaves also have compounds that help tone the skin and therefore help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. You may also like to read about natural remedies to banish wrinkles.
Get Rid of Acne
As per a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, guava leaves have very effective antibacterial properties that are extremely effective against bacteria that cause acne. Apart from that the study also found that guava leaves also have anti-inflammatory properties that help calm the skin and reduce the appearance of pimples. you may also like to read about home remedies to banish pimples.
Treat Atopic Dermatitis
Guava leaves also have anti-allergic properties that help prevent the production of histamines (a compound that is produced by the body to fight off foreign material. This causes inflammation and formation of allergic symptoms) by the body and therefore is great to help treat patients suffering from atopic dermatitis. Apart from that the leaves also have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the redness and itchiness caused due to atopic dermatitis.
Lighten Spots (Black and Red)
Guava can also help get rid of blemishes, red and black spots on your face. The leaf has components that not only help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria but it also helps lighten blemishes by acting as a toning agent. Here are some more home remedies to lighten spots.
How to Use:
Take a few guava leaves. If you are using it to help treat atopic dermatitis take some dried leaves. Now crush these leaves and add them to a pot of boiling water. Let the leaves boil in the water till the water turns brownish in colour and looks concentrated. Allow the solution to cool and then using a cotton ball apply the solution on your face or the area you would like to treat. Apply it thoroughly on your face and allow to stay for about fifteen after which you can wash your face with plain water. Do this twice a week for effective results.
In case of atopic dermatitis, crush the dried leaves and add it to a tub of warm water. Soaking in this water helps relieve the itching and redness, eventually, it helps in relieving the discomfort you feel due to the condition.