By Shailynn Krow

There are many plants that cure ailments naturally, without the use of commercial products. Guava, for example, is full of Vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium and carotenoids – all of which are essential in a daily diet. Though the flesh of a guava fruit is highly beneficial, the leaves of a guava plant are just as useful.

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Guava offers numerous health benefits.

Sensitive Teeth and Gums

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Chew on guava if you experience tooth or gum sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth and gums can be difficult to endure on a daily basis, because foods you eat and liquids you drink can cause you pain. By chewing on a guava leaf twice a day, you can relieve gum and tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums or mouth sores.

Bad Breath and Dental Hygiene

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Guava leaves can cure bad breath associated with gingivitis.

Not only do guava leaves relieve pain in the mouth, but a guava leaf can be ground up and used as a toothpaste to relieve sensitivity, as well as cure bad breath associated with gingivitis.

Gastroenteritis

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Guava leaves can be used to treat gastroenteritis.

An upset stomach usually causes people to reach for commercial medications to help soothe the stomach. However, the astringents in the leaves of the guava plant will bind up the bowels and relieve symptoms of gastroenteritis, as well as diarrhea. Just like the flesh, the leaves of the guava plant are rich in essential nutrients, such as Vitamin C, that allow the digestive system to be disinfected and relieve stomach distress.

Common Cold and Flu

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Put guava leaves in your tea to relieve a sore throat and cough from the cold or flu.

The common cold and flu will typically give you a sore throat and a nagging cough. Using guava leaves in a tea solution can help relieve these symptoms and soothe a sore throat. A decoction of guava leaves can break up mucus and loosen your cough, to help you overcome your symptoms faster.

Pain Relief

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Crush guava leaves and apply them to wounds on your skin for extra pain relief.

When you have a scrape or cut on your skin, you can suffer from pain. By crushing guava leaves and applying them directly to the wound, you can relieve some of the discomfort.

Skin Care

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Guava decotion can be applied to areas of loose skin on your body to help reduce wrinkles and skin aging.

A guava decoction is a solution of guava leaves boiled in water and then strained. It can be applied to the skin to tone loose skin on your face and body. Guava has antioxidants such as Vitamins A, B and C, as well as potassium, that will help reduce signs of skin aging or wrinkles.

Health Conditions

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Guava leaves can be made into a decotion and sipped just like tea.

Guava leaves can be made into a decoction, and sipped just like tea, to promote overall health. The high amount of potassium located in guava leaves can help eliminate wastes in the body and promotes kidney health. Drinking a guava leaf tea can reduce cholesterol as well, which will lead to lower blood pressure and a more healthy heart.