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Health Benefits of Soursop Leaves

Originates from: Caribbean

Interesting fact: Soursop is a small, upright, evergreen tree that can grow to about 4 meters, or 13 feet, tall.

How to use it: Soursop leaves can be used as a tea, dried leaves put on the body or taken as a capsule. You can also eat the flesh of the fruit and make juice with it

It's been said to have the following health benefits:

  • Aid in fighting cancer cells

  • Treating gout

  • Treatment of back pain when leaves are put on the area

  • Natural treatment for arthritis pain - mash the soursop leaves until they become smooth and apply on the areas of the body affected by pain due to arthritis and eczema, regularly twice a day

  • Stabilise blood sugar levels in the normal range

  • Boost the immune system

  • Effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria, viruses, parasites and tumour development

  • Improving stamina and facilitating quick recovery from diseases

  • Treatment of boils

Possible contradictions/side effects:

Soursop leaves may cause nerve damage and movement problems, with long-term use.

Soursop leaves may also be toxic to the kidneys or liver with repeated use. People should not use soursop with out guidance if they have liver or kidney problems.

Personal story

I found out some of the great healing properties of soursop back in 2016 when I was with my grandfather in Jamaica during his months of transition. My grandmother had a dream about using soursop leaves on my grandfather to help relieve him of pain. We got a cloth picked off about 15 leaves from the soursop tree in the yard, stuck them to the cloth and wrapped it around my grandfather's abdomen. He said it helped him and whenever he was in pain we would make up the soursop bandage to give relief.

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