Bayabas, or guava, as commonly seen in the backyards of Filipino homes in the country is a tropical plant known for its edible fruit, and healing properties. It has grown around so well because it has always been regarded as a traditional remedy to treat varoius ailments. Various research studies have proven that almost all of the parts of bayabas or guava has medicinak qualities and value, thus making it as one of the popular Philippine herbals. The bayabas or guava leaves decoction is recognized for its effectiveness to cure several ailments. These includes treatment of swollenness of the legs and other parts of the bodyan chronic diarrhea, gastroenteritis, uterine hemorrhage and others. The most common use of bayabas or guava leaves is for cleaning and disinfecting the wounds by rinsing the afflicted area with the leaves decoction. Likewise, its leaves aid in the treatment of dysentery and inflammation of kidneys. While the bark and leaves could be used as astringent, it can also be utilized as a good wash for uterine and vaginal problems.
Bayabas or guava leaves are also good for ulcers. It is at the same time a suggested natural cure for diabetes, epilepsy,fevers, worms, and spasms. The delicious fruit also contain a very high concentration of vitamin A and vitamin C. Indeed, the medicinal uses of bayabas or guave is infinite.
Bayabas or Guava is a small tree that can reach a height of up to 3 meters tall. Its bark is smooth greenish-brownish. Its round globular fruit which starts as a flower is usually harvested and eaten while still green. The fruit turns yellowish-green and soft when ripe.
For toothaches, Bayabas or guava fresh leaves are to be chewed. It may also be applied to the wound directly to facilitate faster healing.
For diarrhea, boil the chopped Bayabas or guava leaves for 15 minutes in 18 ounces of water. Let cool after straining, and drink 4.5 ounces of the decoction every three to four hours. Gargle three times a day to use as mouthwash.
For nosebleed, place the densely rolled leaves in the nostril cavities to stop the bleeding.