Rarely do I have discussions with friends without closing on the weight loss note. I am exasperated myself. So, I was on a roll with someone and as usual, we ended up talking about weight and how I never lose weight eventually and how it sucks! Then she mentioned it, guava leaves for weight loss. Guys, guava leaves. Ah! Guava leaves for slimming down, great.
So I became inquisitive, of course. Well, I spent the rest of the day on Google, asked a few questions from some folks who seem to have heard about using guava leaves for weight loss. Apparently it has been trending for a while and I seem to be living in a guavaless hole. Guava leaves for weight loss reviews have been raving too, reviews have been
Guava is one of those fruits you eat once in a year. Okay, maybe not that less frequently but until you have its tree planted close to where you live or where you work, forget it, you aren’t going to ever remember it until there is an opportunity. I used to eat it in Unilorin then because the guava tree was close to my hostel. If you know PG / Scientific Hostel, gather round, let’s take a selfie in the comments section.
Guava, interestingly, is a wonder fruit and it’s so pleasant to know that not only the guava fruit itself works to help in the weight loss process, guava leaves too are superb!
Guava leaves scientific name
The scientific name for guava leaves is Psidium guajava
How does guava leaves help in weight loss?
Now, I am going to say some things here and they may not work with popular opinions and that’s absolutely fine. See, no leaf, fruit, slimming tea or anything in themselves have an active ingredient of some sort to cause a weight loss magic. Nothing! In fact, over-consumption of some of the things believed to cause weight loss might actually induce weight gain.
Why? You may overconsume to the point where you shoot past your recommended daily calorific intake. This brings me to this fact – it’s all about calories. That’s why you’d never lose weight if you are not sound in mathematics. Kidding, lol.
You need to be able to balance how much calories you take in and how much you expend. What these fruits and teas and leaves do is to aid, help, induce weight loss. They have ingredients and substances that help to aid digestion, regulate metabolism (increase, in many effective cases), reduce bloating etc. They may also have the ability to fill you up faster so much that you are rarely hungry soon. They could also have active ingredients that release enzymes to cause you to experience hunger pangs very less frequently.
Guava leaf tea improves your digestive system. Now, one of the reasons why we may find it difficult to lose weight, especially in the stomach area is if we are becoming too bloated as a result of indigestion, or slow digestion. What guava leaf does is that it helps to regulate your body metabolism. It also aids in the secretion of digestive enzymes.
Guava leaves also help to relieve stress. The tea works wonders on you when you are stressed. We all know that stress is a major contributor to weight gain, especially in the tummy. Losing belly fat is probably one of the most difficult weight loss goals.
How to dry guava leaves for tea
I know that this might not be as necessary as you thought but after I walk you through, you will realize that it is important to know how to dry your guava leaves for tea. From harvesting to drying and then to preparation of the tea, you can harness all of the maximum benefits these guava leaves will prepare you for your weight loss quest.
The first step to dry your guava leaves for tea is to harvest your guava leaves. The trick is to harvest the right guava leaves at the right time. First, your guava leaves should be fresh and mature. One way to make sure of this is that they are without blemishes, spots, and discoloration of any kind. The best time to harvest these guava leaves is when the guava tree just starts to form buds. At this point or time of harvesting, the essential oils that are peculiar to guava leaves are at the highest concentration. You want to get all of the best out of your guava leaves.
After harvesting your guava leaves from the guava tree, you can then wash them with water, preferably, cold, normal temperature water. Shake the guava leaves so that the excess water can yank off. Then put the leaves on a tray, one by one, separating them well.
Note that you are washing the guava leaves with normal temperature water and are drying at a normal temperature too. Avoid the use if heat or direct sunlight so that none of the usefulness of the leaves is reduced. Every day, turn the guava leaves over to aid the drying process.
When the guava leaves are thoroughly dry, upon physical examination, put them in a large non-porous container and cover them. This is called conditioning and what it does is to evenly spread the remaining moisture in the dried guava leaves. You can read more about drying herbs here and the other different techniques.
When condensation occurs, you will see this on the walls of the container or on the lid, remove the guava leaves and put them back on the tray so that drying can be complete. You can do the conditioning again and repeat for 2 weeks thereabouts. Remove leaves that are spoilt and rotten in the process.
When leaves are completely dried, you can put them in airtight containers or nylons. It is usually advisable to keep your already dried leaves away from heat, sunlight and extreme temperatures.
How to make guava leaves tea for weight loss
How to take guava leaves for weight loss. You can make it into powder and use as you want. You can also make it into a tea.
Here’s a simple way to prepare guava leaves tea. You will need; guava leaves and honey. Other additional things are optional and truth is that other things are added to enhance taste and smell, that’s all.
Boil a glass of water, add the guava leaves and other things you might want to add. Let it all now boil for about 10-12 minutes.
Use a filter cloth or sieve with almost invisible holes to filter the tea.
Now, add honey to it. Honey too is optional. There you go, your guava tea.
How long do you have to take guava leaves to lose weight?
How long you have to take guava leaves for weight loss depends on your body and all the other weight loss tactics you are employing combined. Some people say it takes 3 days to 1 week to lose weight with guava leaves but I must say that this is all false hopes and lies. Nothing makes you lose weight that fast except it is surgery.
Never depend on guava leaves entirely for weight loss. Remember what I said earlier about guava leaves not being the weight loss magic potion but a catalyst and aid on your weight loss journey. Yeah, it’s that simple.
I want to give this a try, leisurely. I am not putting on any pressure. I just want to try guava tea for weight loss, or maintenance, whatever. Are you trying it soon? Should we go on a challenge guys? Let me know in the comments section.
Other notable benefits of guava leaves
Now that we are turning to herbs and other natural things for treating medications, maintaining good health and having vibrant skin and hair, the cost of treating these things have reduced. It is interesting to know that guava leaves are not only for weight loss but a lot more other things. Guava leaves have immense benefits on the skin, on the hair and general wellbeing.
Guava leaves benefits for skin
Guava leaves to treat blackheads
You can crush and squeeze out the juice from guava leaves and mix with a little water to remove the blackheads on your facial skin.
Guava leaves for acne
Guava leaves are also very useful in helping to reduce the appearance of acne. You can gently crush the leaves into your facial skin and rub. It will double for gentle exfoliation. You can also combine the use of African black soap too in the treatment of your acne.
Guava leaves to relieve itching
Guava leaves can serve as an immediate remedy to itching as a result of a reaction to an allergy. Use it on the spot for immediate relief.
Guava leaves benefits for hair
Guava leaves have been known to benefit the hair in a lot of ways. To apply it on the hair, boil guava leaves in water for 15 to 20 minutes so that the juice is extracted. Apply the liquid as a result and massage into your scalp well. It helps to stimulate hair growth and stops loss of hair.
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