One of the more popular traditional medicines is the guava, scientific name is psidium guajava, “bayabas” in Pilipino. . This plant has been used for many generations and recognized by arbolaryos (herbalists) and those who practice natural medicine.
Boiled, chopped or pounded guava leaves have been used and accepted as an antiseptic for wound disinfection.It helps clean off bacteria and germs found in the wound in order to prevent complications and infections.
To prevent oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum infection, boiled guava leaves can also be used as a mouthwash.
As a skin wash to clean skin and help accelerate healing and prevent infection one has to boil leaves for 15-20 minutes, cool and use as a soak, a wash or a bath rinse for wounds or prickly heat or fungal infections such as athlete’s foot But the leaves are not readily available. With the urbanization of more areas, less guava trees
The effectiveness of all these herbal ingredients go as far back as the heydays of the albularyo. Now, they are all found in Guavawash - a natural and convenient skin wash. Guavawash is available at major Mercury Drugstore and Watsons branches.