Guava is a small tree, which is scientifically known as Psidium guajava. You can learn more about guava botany here. On the other hand, Pawpaw is a tree, which is scientifically known as Carica papaya. You can also learn more about the botany of pawpaw here.
Both guava leaves and pawpaw leaves were shown to have numerous health benefits through improving body conditions such as constipation, indigestion, heart problems, cancers, high blood pressure, and so on.
Moreover, not only the leaves, other parts of pawpaw and guava also have many health benefits. For instance, the fruits of guava and pawpaw can both help clean the heart and improve blood flow in the body.
Health benefits of pawpaw and guava leaves
As I started explaining, both pawpaw and guava offer many benefits to the body. For the sake of this article, I’m not going to discuss guava leaves benefits in detail because I have done so previously. If you want to find out more about the health benefits of guava leaves and fruits, read this guide.
Let us now look at the health benefits of pawpaw as evident by scientific research-backed studies.
Almost all the papaya parts are beneficial including seeds, pulp, and leaves. For instance, one 2017 review ref1 showed that papaya seeds possess anticancer phytochemical compounds, which help in inhibiting the growth of malignant cells and free radical build-up.
However, it is important to know that pawpaw seeds are of two types: those that are ripe and turn into black, and those that are not ripe and still white.
The ripe and black papaya seeds are the seeds that offer anticancer benefits. But, the seeds of papaya that are yet to ripe are usually avoided for the management of cancers.
Moreover, one study ref2 also showed that the pulp and leaves of the pawpaw can prevent and manage high blood pressure, obesity, and other metabolic disorders.
You can also use both guava leaves and pawpaw leaves externally to manage different body conditions such as improving skin texture and hair growth.
Not, let us look at how to use both guava and pawpaw for the treatment of health conditions.
How to use guava and pawpaw fruits
If you are having high blood pressure, find fresh guava fruits and pawpaw fruits and consume them daily. Your body blood pressure will go back to normal. Additionally, you can also use guava and pawpaw fruits when you are on a weight-loss diet plan. This is because both guava and pawpaw fruits make you feel satisfied without exceeding the daily calories. Guava and pawpaw fruits also help improve glucose and cholesterol metabolism.
However, make sure you remove the outer skin from guava and pawpaw fruits. This is because the skin of guava and pawpaw fruits contain a high amount of glucose, which may increase the levels of glucose in your body when consumed.
How to use guava and papaya seeds
As earlier stated, you can use seeds from guava and papaya fruits. Both guava and pawpaw seeds contain a high amount of antioxidants and other useful phytochemical compounds such as tannins, quercetin, flavonoids, carotenes, and lycopene. All these plant chemicals help fight cancers, inflammation, and heart diseases.
How to use guava leaves and pawpaw leaves
You can also boil and drink guava leaves and pawpaw leaves. The decoction is being used to treat various stomach disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, cough, diabetes, obesity, and heart problems.
Tip: Learn more about the health benefits of guava leaves for diabetes here.
Both pawpaw leaves and guava leaves can also be chewed when you have a toothache. Guava leaves and pawpaw leaves mixture can also be used to control weight gain. You can learn more about the health benefits of guava leaves for weight loss here.
To prepare pawpaw leaves and guava leaves tea, find 2-4 fresh pawpaw leaves and 15 fresh guava leaves. Wash these leaves thoroughly with clean water. Find a clean boiling. Add 2 2 liters of water into the boiling pot. Place both the pawpaw leaves and guava leaves in the boiling pot containing the water.
Place the boiling pot on heat and boil for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the pot from heat. Leave the mixture in the boiling pot to cool down to room temperature. When the decoction cooled down, strain the tea into another container using a fine strainer. Keep the container out of reach of children.
If you want to use the guava leaves and pawpaw leaves tea, measure out one cup and drink. Drink only two cups daily and do not use the mixture for more than 48 hours. After 48 hours, prepare another one.
If you use the tea for more than 48 hours, microbes such as bacteria and fungi can grow and contaminate the decoction, which when you drink, your body may be harmed. So, even when you do not finish up the tea, after 2 days, discard the remaining yea and prepare another one.
Pawpaw and guava are among the most widely used plants in the world both as a source of food and as a source of medicines. In this article, I looked at the health benefits of guava and pawpaw. I also looked at how to use different parts of guava and pawpaw to manage different body conditions. I hope you will find this guide useful. Let me know if you have any questions.