Soursop is a large, spiny, green tropical fruit with a unique taste that combines between strawberry and pineapple. Aside from being used in many foods because of its favorable taste, it is popular for its medicinal properties. This fruit is rich in vitamins and nutrients which make it quite beneficial for health. The bark, leaves, and root of the soursop tree are used for treating and preventing a variety of health problems. And in the following part, we will talk about the benefits of the leaves of the soursop tree.
– Treating Eczema and Rheumatism:
Soursop leaves can be used for treating eczema as they are quite effective and don’t have the adverse side effects that topical steroids have. To prepare the treatment you need to crunch some soursop leaves then paste them on the affected areas of your body and repeat this process for some days. Rheumatism is a condition wherein the sufferer experiences painful and swollen joints. And in most cases, the muscles are also affected. In these cases, soursop can be an effective alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because of its anti-inflammatory properties. In order to make a poultice out of the soursop leaves, boil several pieces of soursop leaves then mash the leaves and apply them to the affected joints and muscles at least 2 times a day.
– Fighting UTI
The moisture content of soursop is quite good for treating and preventing urinary tract infections (UTI), urethritis and hematuria. The tea made of soursop leaves helps to rid the body of unwanted bacteria in the urinary tract by its amazing antibacterial properties.
– Combating Cancer:
Researchers believe that the soursop leaves are more effective in treating cancer than the chemotherapy. Moreover, they are cheaper than the conventional cancer treatments and have no side effects. Soursop leaves are particularly effective against breast, lung, and prostate cancer. To prepare one cup of tea, chop up 10 soursop leaves and boil them in 3 cups of water. Boil them until the remaining is 1 cup. Drink this tea twice a day for 2 weeks.
– Alleviating Diabetes:
The tea out of soursop leaves is known to be very beneficial for people with diabetes. This tea helps in improving insulin sensitivity in our body cells allowing them to utilize the glucose in our body and thus decreasing the level of sugar in the blood.