Benefits and Uses of Guava Leaves

Benefits and Uses of Guava Leaves

Guava leaves have an extensive history in many folk medicine applications, not only in the Philippines, but around the world. 

Our tree, whom we lovingly call, "Mama Guava," is a relationship built over two decades.  To know and to teach her medicine is a deep privilege and honor.  Being an herbalist doesn't necessarily mean knowing everything about every plant, but to also have a heart-soul connection with the very plants who are your allies.  It is easy enough to look up benefits and research what a plant can do for you.  Most people don't take the time to know what we can do for the plant and, in turn, how we can help heal ourselves and especially to heal our planet.  So what can we do to be in right relationship with the plants we call upon to heal us, instead of being extractive and appropriative?  I can only say that it begins with the first step of a journey to fully realizing what you really are, and what it will take to live a life of peace and harmony with everyone and everything around you.  In that sense, you come from a place of abundance and inner peace, which is one of the teachings of Mama Guava.

It is my intention as a teacher of guava medicine to only give what Mama Guava has taught me personally, to all who are willing to learn more in-depth about her.  Here, you will find the tidbits of benefits and uses of guava leaves, as well as what products you can use to experience her healing powers.  Here, is the beginning of your journey to healing with guava.

I believe that even as we find Filipino cultural identity in guava, she belongs to everyone.  Through her healing energy, you will learn that she is the medicine the world needs right now.  

guava tree

Guava (Psidium Guajava) is believed to have its origins in the Americas. The nurturing guava leaf is widely known in the Filipino culture for its highly therapeutic properties.

Guava Leaves are high in phenolic compounds and antioxidants, a plant of great healing properties that include being anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and an array of other protective benefits for the body.


  • Promotes weight loss
  • Fights cancer 
  • Soothes gastrointestinal issues
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Boosts immune system
  • Lowers cholesterol 
  • Promotes a healthy heart
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces acne
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Removes negative energy

Herbalaria's organically grown leaves were hand-picked, cleaned, dried, and shamanically blessed on our own land.  They come from a very special tree with an Ancestral story that separates it from all others.  It is routinely cleansed and honored in a smoking ritual with prayers and blessings. 


Guava Tree

The guava leaves can be made into a decoction used as tea, an overall healing tonic, a wound wash, an after-birth perineum care wash, or a calming bath solution for rashes and other skin ailments.

Guava Leaves

Guava leaves are used as a spiritual smudging tool.  Burning guava leaves is an ancient Filipino practice that is used to cleanse negative energies from the environment, just as white sage is used by Native Americans in cleansing and sending up prayers.  It is highly recommended to burn guava leaves in a heat-resistant bowl, as they burn hot and fast.  Use with caution.    

  Blessings to you and your Ancestors.




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  • Wow this is exactly what I was looking for when it comes to guava leaf health benefits from a Philippine perspective. Salamat!

    Jay Carlon on

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