Soursop, or Graviola, is a fruit that possess a unique taste similar to pineapples and strawberries. Aside from its exotic and delicious taste, eating soursop has many health benefits.

In particular, the bark, leaves, and root of a soursop tree have been used over the years by many cultures to treat a wide-range of health issues. Below are some of the most common ailments soursop leaves provide treatment for.

  • Eczema

Applying soursop leaves to the affected area can calm eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is much safer than using topical steroids and had no side effects. Plus, you get the added benefit of being able to eat the fruit once you use the leaves.

  • Rheumatism

The treatments commonly used to treat rheumatism, which is pain and swelling in the joints and muscles, often have bad side-effects. A safe alternative is soursop leaves, which are a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

Boil the leaves and crush them into a poultice. Apply only irritated area at least twice daily.

  • Urinary Tract Infections

A UTI or urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection that targets the urinary bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. Consuming soursop tea regularly while infected has been proven to treat and even fully heal these infections.

  • Gout

Gout causes pain and inflammation of the joins, particular the feet and hands. It is the result of a defective metabolism of uric acids. To treat Gout, consume soursop leaf tea daily; the tea will cleanse the uric acid from your blood.

  • Immune System

If you find yourself suffering from the flu, infections, or colds regularly, you most likely are in posse ions of a weak immune system. Soursop leaves are a natural way to boost your immunity and recover from illnesses.

  • Cancer

While this claim has yet to be researched from a scientific standpoint, many health experts agree that drinking soursop leaf tea is more a more effective treatment than even chemotherapy. In particular, it is said to help treat lung, breast, and prostate cancer. The best part about this treatment is it has no side effects.

To prepare soursop leaf tea, chop off the leaves of the fruit and add them to about 3 cups of water. Boil until 2/3’s of the water evaporates, then consume it when it cools. Soursop leaf tea is best consumed fresh.