Guavas are one of the tastiest and healthiest among the fruits, with a vitamin C level that is quite beyond the lemon. The leaves of the Guava tree are equally good and have been used by people of Asia, Brazil, and Mexico since time unknown as a herb in traditional medications. Loaded with antioxidants, the young leaves of guava are also wonderful sources of flavonoids like quercetin. A cup of tea prepared by infusing these dried guava leaves is known to be very effective in easing diarrhea and keep a tab on the levels of diabetes and cholesterol. The good news is that you can dry these leaves at your home itself.
Follow the below mentioned instructions carefully so that you can prepare your own dried guava leaves. There are two methods that have been outlined. While the first one will serve for a large batch, the second is exclusively to dry a smaller one. Just read on.
How to dry home grown guava leaves
- Harvest the leaves
Choose mature guava leaves that does not have any kind of blemishes. You can use pruning sheers for the same. Choose medium sized leaves that are just starting to bud. This is because this is when you will get the essential oils in the highest concentration in the leaves.
- Rinse thoroughly in cold water
Place the harvested leaves in a colander placed under running water. Rinse them thoroughly. Shake the excess water away from the leaves. Arrange the leaves on a tray or paper towels as a single layer. However, ensure that they are not kept directly under the sunlight. Keep turning the leaves daily to ensure proper drying.
- Wait till the leaves turn dry and brittle
You have to wait until the leaves dry and turn brittle in such a way that they shatter and condition. Choose a couple of non-porous large containers so that the moisture in the leaves can evenly be distributed. Fill the leaves until the containers are 2/3rd full. Cover and arrange the containers in a dry, warm place.
- Check daily for spoilage, if any
Keep tossing the containers to mix the leaves. Check for any condensation symptoms on the cover and transfer the leaves drying racks for complete drying. You can start conditioning again, while checking for spoilage every now and then. Eliminate those leaves that start develop any mold, if any.
Keep doing the process for about two weeks, keep a tab on spoilage and condensation every day.
- Store in airtight containers
Divide the dried leaves and store in airtight containers in small quantities. Use within an year.
You can take the help of a dehydrator for drying the guava leaves. However, opt out of conventional oven.
Drying guava leaves at home
This method is meant for drying only small batches of guava leaves. Just read to know what the tips are…
- Tie a couple of leaf stems of the leaves with a twine and arrange them in a paper cover. Ensure that the stem ends are placed towards the opening of the bag.
- Using a twine, entwine the opening of the bag.
- Now, hang the bags using cloth pins or hooks in a dark, dry, and warm place.
- Wait for about 3 to 4 weeks or until leaves are completely dry.
Store them in airtight containers and use within 6 months.
Guava Leaves Benefits
Here are couple of reasons why you should try drying home grown guava leaves:
- Aid in slimming down
- Good for diabetics
- Lowers cholesterol
- Natural remedy for digestive disorders including diarrhea
- Home remedy for sore throat and bronchitis
- Antidote for gum diseases and toothaches
- Combats dengue fever
- Combats prostate cancer
- Eases allergies
- Improves sperm production
- Cure for infections
- Heals acnes and black spots
- Helps in removing blackheads
- Innate anti-ageing agent
- Effective for hair loss
Even though it has a wide array of benefits for your skin, studies point out, subtly, that guava leaf is cardiac depressant in nature. So, just check with your doctor before trying guava tea and then start following the tips mentioned above to dry guava leaves on your own.