We’re always being told about a new discovery that will be beneficial to our lives. When it’s about something natural, there’s always a huge interest. There isn’t anything new about the benefits of guava leaves for hair, but it has been getting a lot of interest lately. Why is there a lot of focus on it all of a sudden?
Guava or Psidium guajava L. is a fruit thought to originate from Mexico or Central America. It’s now known as a tropical fruit and is grown in many warm regions. The benefits of guava fruit have been widely reported and it is now known as a super fruit.
If you compare guava fruit to a similar tropical fruit, the pineapple, guava has three times the protein and more than four times the fiber. There’s much more vitamin C in guava than pineapple. They’re also loaded with Vitamin A, plus lycopene and potassium. This fruit sure does pack a healthy punch! But what about guava leaves?
Like the fruit, guava leaves are packed with vitamins, minerals and flavonoids. They can help various ailments including allergies, coughs, pain intestinal and cardiovascular problems, some studies also show benefits to diabetes.
It’s the vitamin B in these leaves that are said to be beneficial to hair growth. It contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine which are said to stop hair loss and promote growth. Both Vitamin B2 and B6 are known to have positive effects on the skin and hair.
Because these nutrients are abundant in guava leaves, so it makes sense to assume they can help to minimise baldness. While this may (or may not) be the case, the press has reported on various studies of the guava fruit and its leaves which caused quite a bit of excitement. Yet another super fruit (or leaf) was now being talked about.
How the Story of Guava Leaves for Hair Growth Grew
As is so often the case, a story about the benefits of vitamin B on hair grew quickly with many people not reading all the facts, or worse, just the headlines. This is not to say the facts were incorrect, but many of these articles were based on other articles which reported on a study of induced alopecia in mice.
The experiment was carried out to try and understand more about the link between chemotherapy and why it causes alopecia. Mice were injected with the chemotherapy agent, doxorubicin which is known to cause hair loss.
Varying doses of the amino acid L-cysteine and vitamin B6 were given to the mice. Those who received the high amounts benefited the most. The combination of these agents in high doses was found to help prevent alopecia in mice that had been given doxorubicin.
Benefits of Guava Leaves for Hair
It’s easy to see how the results of the alopecia experiment in mice could be associated to guava leaves, given their very high nutrient content. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) helps to metabolize fat and protein which is needed for healthy hair.
Also without B2, B6 can’t generate into a useful form for the body. Both vitamins B2 and B6 work together in helping the health and growth of hair.
Using guava leaves is thought to strengthen the hair follicles from the root, which helps to prevent hair falling out. It also helps to keep it thick and shiny. The best way to apply it is as a tea.
How to Make Guava Leaf Tea
Benefits of drinking guava leaf tea are said to include helping to inhibit diarrhea, positive changes to high cholesterol and helping with diabetes. It should be noted that any benefits aren’t really proven, but indications from various studies are positive.
It’s not only drinking guava leaf tea that’s said to beneficial, because in order to use guava leaves for hair loss, the tea needs to be applied directly to the scalp. Perhaps calling it a tea isn’t right in this context, so a guava leaf infusion might be better.
Tea or infusion, it doesn’t really matter, it’s very simple to prepare. If you can get fresh guava leaves, young ones are best. They’ll need drying out if you want them for tea, which can take three or four weeks. You can buy them fresh or already dried.
If you want to know how to make guava leaf tea, it couldn’t be easier. You’ll need a handful of fresh leaves and boil them in a liter of water for around twenty minutes. Once done, let the infusion cool to room temperature. When it’s cooled down, strain the liquid and it’s ready to use.
How to Use Guava Leaves for Hair
The guava leaf infusion should be used as a tonic. Pour some into the palm of your hand and simply massage it into your scalp. Make sure you work it into the lower part of the hair because it needs to get to the follicle. Once fully massaged into the scalp, leave it on for a few hours before washing out.
Some people prefer to leave it in their hair overnight to make sure they get the best results. If you do this, it’s best to wear a shower cap or wrap a towel around your head to protect your bedding.
Wash your hair when you get up in the morning using lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water because it tends to dry your hair and scalp. If you are going thin on top, try using the guava leaf tea on your hair three times a week.
Guava Leaves for Gray Hair
Much has been written about the prevention of gray hair and it seems the best way is to use a color. It isn’t possible to prevent or reverse hair going gray at the present time, but there will probably come a time when it is.
Going gray is mostly an age-related thing, around 50% of us are 50% gray by the age of 50 (that’s a lot of 50’s!). Lifestyle, stress or illness can cause premature graying.
Low levels of vitamin B12 can be responsible for less hair pigment being produced, which makes the hair look gray. There’s no evidence to suggest taking supplements can increase hair pigment, but perhaps the reduction can be slowed down.
Guava leaves for gray hair might help because they’re packed with vitamin B. They can be bought in pre-packed powder form and mixed with other extracted oils to be applied to the hair.
Characteristics of Guava Leaves
There are a few characteristics of guava, the name is from the Spanish word, guayaba. In Mexico the fruit is also sometimes referred to as pichi, posh or enandi. It’s from the plant family, Myrtaceae and its leaves are short, elliptical shaped and bright green.
There’s no doubt these leaves are something of a “fad”, but not without reason. It’s so often the case that remedies used for many years before the birth of modern science, have fallen from popularity, only to be rediscovered. Guava leaves for hair isn’t a new thing, but is certainly going through a revival.