GUAVA – POOR MAN’S APPLE
1-Eating guava in breakfast or before meals activates digestion and cures constipation.
2-Eating guava & papaya with little black pepper powder, rock salt & lemon juice sprinkled on it, after meals activates normal movement of bowels.
LOOSE MOTIONS & DIARRHEA: –
1-Taking boiled water of guava leaves, two to three times a day controls loose motions.
2-The bark of root of guava dried and roasted slightly and powdered. A pinch of this powder taken in buttermilk checks diarrhoea, an especially useful remedy in infants & children.
Eating 250 gm of ripe guava regularly in the afternoon for about a month purifies blood, cleans the stomach and intestines and thus cures itching due to bowels movements, pustules etc.
Applying paste of guava leaves on wounds helps in curing them.
Munching fresh Guava leaves or gargling with guava leaf water (in which guava leaves are boiled) eliminates swelling of gum’s and cures toothache.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: –
Consuming the oozed out water of the salad of guavas with little rock salt, black pepper powder, lemon juice on it twice or thrice a week controls high blood pressure. It is interesting to note, while the fruit is a laxative and digestive, the leaves and root bark check diarrhea and bind the stomach.
OTHER USES: –
A part from the curative properties, its wood is very hard and used for making “Harmonium” etc. on which carving can also be done. The bark and dry leaves are used for making printing colors and dyes for cloths. Rich in calories guava has many qualities of apple and thus is called the ” poor man’s apple”.
A word of caution
Hakeem’s of Unani Suggests that guava should not be taken empty stomach because it gives rise to phlegm in the body. Water should not be taken after eating guava for it may lead to cholera.