Soursop is a broad-leafed evergreen, flowering tree with fruit that looks like an over-inflated cross between a green apple and a pineapple, which can grow up to fifteen pounds. It is native to Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia where it is grown commercially for the making of juice, sorbet, ice cream, candy, and smoothies (the fruit has the taste of pineapple mixed with strawberries). The entire tree – leaves, fruit, bark, and root – is valued for its medicinal properties that have been used to treat an incredible number of ailments, maladies, and diseases, ranging from backaches to cancer. The benefits of soursop are truly worth considering, and below are just a few. Soursop is good for a number of hair problems such as split ends, dandruff, and falling hair, greying, and head lice. To derive these benefits make a tea from the leaves and use it as a hair rinse. The natural ingredients in the leaves, when mashed until soft and applied directly to the affected area, are good at treating eczema as well as skin infections such as acne. Because the tree is rich is rich in iron, teas made from soursop fruit and leaves are great for helping with anemia and increasing red blood cell count. It is also good for reducing hypertension; and because of its antibacterial properties, it can be very effective in helping infections. Placing a whole fresh leaf on a cut, sore, or wound should help healing progress more quickly than when left untreated. Soursop leaf tea can help with gallbladder problems, liver ailments, and it can even lower glucose levels in diabetics by stimulating increased insulin production by aiding the beta cells in the pancreas. Both the leaves and the fruit of the soursop tree contain high levels of Vitamins A and B, and C, fiber, iron, potassium, calcium. Soursop leaves also contain gentisic acid, annonacin, annocatalin, and anonol that strengthen the immune system.
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Sour Sop (Guanabana)
1 oz per bag Insturctions: Boil spring water then after you turn off the heat add 3-5 leaves to 8 FL oz of water. Let steep for 30 minutes add agave for sweetner.
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