Jamaican Sour Sop Leaves
- Hair and skin problems: Soursop is good at treating 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.
- Treating blood disorders: Because the tree is rich is rich in iron, teas made from soursop fruit and leaves are great for treating anemia and increasing red blood cell count. It is also good for reducing hypertension; and because of its antibacterial properties, it is very effective in curing infections. Placing a whole fresh leaf on a cut, sore, or wound should help healing progress more quickly than when left untreated.
- Treating Breast Cancer: An online article published by Cancer Centers of America discussed a study released in in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, published in 1997, indicated that chemical composites extracted from soursop fruit were more effective at destroying culture breast cancer cells than chemotherapy. Soursop leaves have beenshown to kill cancer cells 10,000 times more effectively than other treatments, with the added benefit that it does not harm healthy cells. Soursop has also been found to be very effective in treating the side-effects of chemotherapy. The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry was not alone in its findings. The Health and Sciences Institute has published more than one paper pronouncing that soursop leaves were very effective in killing cancer cells without harming the rest of the body. The National Cancer Institute came to the same conclusion, even the University of Purdue and other universities around the world found similar findings. No further studies have been done however, because soursop is a natural substance, and therefore cannot be patented. However, in some countries it has been used as a treatment for colon, prostate, and lung cancers with some success.
- Disorders of the organs: Soursop leaf tea can treat 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.
- Nutrient Content: 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.
- Immune system booster: soursop tea can be used to perk up and feel better quicker when getting over a cold or flu. Some even think it will slow the progress of AIDS.
- Sleep aide: in the Caribbean soursop tea has been used for centuries as a treatment for insomnia, or one can just put a few fresh leaves into their pillow for that effect.
- Painful swollen feet: to reduce the discomfort brew some soursop tea and use as a foot soak.
- Arthritis and gout: soursop leaves can be mashed and rubbed on joints to reduce the pain.
DO NOT CONSUME IF PREGNANT- Several animals studies have shown that sour sop tea can cause Uterine contraction, therefore pregnant or lactating women are advised not to use it.
SIDE EFFECTS- People on hypertension medication or with low blood pressure are advised not to drink this tea. Consumption in large amounts may lead to nausea and vomiting. Its antimicrobial property causes it to kill the friendly bacteria present in the digestive tract, leading to digestion problem. It is recommended to consult a doctor before using it for cancer or any other terminal disease.
PREPARATION: Boil 2 cups of water. Add 7-8 leaves and allow it to steep for a minimum of 20 minutes. Drink 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup at night for up to 2 weeks. Take one week off then resume this schedule.