Common Name: guava, bayabas
Origin: introduced from tropical America, thoroughly naturalized, pantropic
- This is a very common tree with edible fruits. It reaches 3 meters high.
- There are many small guava plants all over the farm. I assume they grew from seeds dispersed by birds that ate the guava fruits and seeds.
- I have not seen a big guava tree in the farm yet.
- Well known medicinal uses:
- Fresh leaves used for wounds and toothache.
– Decoction or infusion of fresh leaves used for wound cleaning to prevent infection and to facilitate healing.
– decoction of leaves for aromatic baths
– Decoction of bark and leaves used for diarrhea.
– For diarrhea, boil for 15 minutes 4 to 6 tablespoons of chopped leaves in 18 ounces of water. Strain and cool. Drink 1/4 of the decoction every 3 – 4 hours.- Decoction of rootbark also used as mouthwash for swollen gums
- My mom’s favorite breakfast is bread with a slice of cheese and some guava jelly.