Graviola Review: My Experience With Soursop Leaves Tea

soursop leaves tea benefitsI have known soursop, which is also known as Graviola, Annona muricata, or Guanabana, for many years. We used to use the fruit to make a nice smoothie type drink, which was a traditional Sunday dinner drink. The leaves were also used to make tea. Little did I know that this same prickly fruit and its leaves, bark, and seeds would be widely recognized today for its powerful medicinal purposes.

How it All Started

My interest in soursop leaves peaked one day when I visited a Caribbean store and saw them selling dried soursop leaves in little bags. Although I knew they could make tea, I didn’t know about the many cancer cure stories that were circulating around on the internet, as well as other health benefits.

I started doing some real research and found that these simple looking leaves, according to other people’s testimonials, can treat more than cancer, but also diabetes, arthritis, chronic headaches, nerves problem, high blood pressure, etc.

Trying The Soursop Leaves Tea

My love for natural herbal remedies lead me down a path to try some of these soursop leaves again. I hadn’t had these in years, and when I did drink it, I usually use just maybe three leaves. I got some of the leaves, about seven leaves and boiled them for about 10-15 minutes. I liked the soothing smell of the tea while it was boiling.

After I finished boiling the tea, I covered the pot and let it sit for a while. The first time I made the tea, I used sugar, but after my extensive research, I decided that I was going to drink it like water after it was cooled.

soursop leaves teaI did notice that I felt relaxed and a little sleepy. I didn’t think anything of it, until I boiled more leaves the following day, about 15. The tea was more darker and it helped me sleep better that night. The taste didn’t really match the smell. It’s almost tasteless. Just a hint of taste, at least for me, but don’t let the tastelessness fool you. This is some powerful natural remedy.

Sleeping Better at Nights With Soursop Leaves Tea

The soursop leaves tea is also great for people who suffer from insomnia. It calms you and releases the tension in your body almost instantly. It can be used to calm your nerves, especially if you suffer from anxiety.

Soursop Leaves Tea for Pain

I injured my knees slightly while exercising last year, and the pain would come and go, mostly at nights. Since I started drinking the soursop leaves tea, the pain in my knee is barely noticeable. I just feel a slight soreness rather than the terrible pain I used to feel.

The Many Benefits of Soursop Leaves Tea

There are so many health benefits from this natural plant that God has created. It is so amazing how simple things such as a few leaves can treat and  maybe even cure certain diseases. I will continue to drink my soursop juice and drink the tea made from leaves, to help boost my immune system, and keep my body in good health.

How to Buy Soursop Leaves or the Fruit

I see the fruit from time to time in Caribbean stores. They are usually $4 and change per pound. A little pricey, but worth the money. The soursop leaves are more easily accessible, since you can get them shipped to your home without worrying about growing the tree yourself.

Disclaimer
These home remedies are not to be used as a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your physician, pharmacist or health care provider before using the home remedies on this website.

Oily Locs: How to Get Rid of Excess Oil on the Scalp

Oils are good for your dreads, but when excess oils starts to build up, it can cause issues. It’s normal for our scalp to produce its own oils, otherwise called sebum, in order to keep our scalp moisturized and healthy. In some cases, you may find that your dreads are becoming greasy and your scalp may start to itch. This is caused by the gradual buildup of excessive oils on your scalp.

The Effects of Oily Dreadlocks

At first you may notice that your dreads are becoming greasier than normal. You most naturally will think that it’s the products that you are using in it, but then you realize that even after you stopped using those products, the problem still persists.

If oily scalp is not treated, it can lead to more conditions of the scalp such as dandruff or other scalp fungus, one of which is called malassezia.

What You can Do to Treat Oily Dreads

Dealing with oily dreads is frustrating  because as soon as you wash them, excess oils build up, which may cause bad hair odor. The only way to solve this issue is to get to the root of the problem. Try using natural oily scalp treatment to balance the amount of sebum that is secreted from the pores of your scalp.

Washing Less Helps Oily Dreadlocks

The first thought that most people would naturally have when thinking how to get rid of oily dreads, is to wash them more often than they would normally do. This although may sound logical, can worsen the problem. If you start washing your locs too often, depending on the type of shampoo, your scalp will get extra dry, which triggers the production of excess oils (sebum).

Deep Condition Your Locs to Get Rid of Oily Scalp

Choose a natural organic hair conditioner for your locs. Look for one with natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, which helps to soothe and restore the scalp, to get rid of excess oils. Use it to deep condition your locs only after your locs are mature. If you have starter locs, you may want to skip this, since it can slow down the loc process.

 

Dry Locs: Summer Hair Care for Ultimate Moisture

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Cover Locs While You Sleep

If you are new to dreadlocks, this may be your first summer since getting them. Those of you who are not new to locs may still need some summer hair care tips to prevent dry hair. With a few simple techniques you can help retain moisture, keeping your locs soft, shiny, and beautiful.

Deep Cleaning Your Locs

Before you can achieve soft shiny locs, you have to make sure that they are clean, so the first thing you need to do is to give them a good wash, using a natural organic shampoo.

If you really want to naturally get out all the dirt and grime out of your hair, a simple tip is to use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This natural solution will help to remove the leftovers that the shampoo didn’t clean. This rinse is also great for getting rid of dry itchy scalp.

Deep Conditioning Your Dreadlocks

To prevent your locs from becoming dry in the summer, deep condition your hair to repair dry, damaged hair, as well as lock in the moisture. For best results, use a natural deep conditioner. This will help retain moisture and keep your hair looking fresh, clean, with a beautiful sheen. Without the use of chemicals, your hair will have time to restore itself to good health.

Do-it-yourself Aloe Vera Deep Conditioning

20170625_094144If you have aloe vera at home, you don’t have to go out and buy any conditioner. You can simply make your own from this succulent plant.

Slice it and carefully scrape out the gel from the inside, then apply it to your scalp and locs, cover your hair with a shower or steam cap, and let it sit for maybe 20 to 30 minutes.

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Aloe vera is known to control frizz and maintain sheen, so this is a great remedy for those who would like to see their dreadlocks with a little less frizz.

Rinsing Your Locs – Cold Water Vs Warm

You can wash your hair with warm water, but it is recommended that you use cold or cool water to rinse it. The warm water will open your cuticles so that the shampoo can seep into each strand of locs, and dissolve the grime and dirt.

Using the cold water after washing your locs will ensure that the cuticles are sealed, locking in the moisture, which is critical in the hot summer months. It is also a good way to hold down those loose hair that makes your locs look super frizzy.

A Natural Spritz for Softer Locs in the Summer

Get yourself a spray bottle or you may already have one in your hair care kit. Summer months call for regular spritz with a mixture of oils and water to keep your dreadlocks looking lively and moisturized. Don’t add too much oil to the water. Just maybe a few drops of your favorite natural oil. When you’re ready for a spritz, just shake and spray away, and you’re good to go.

Covering Locs to Retain Moisture

At nights before bed, get in the habit of covering your locs to prevent breakage and dryness, while locking in moisture. Another thing you have to watch out for, is the fabric that can get stuck in your locs. It’s best to use a dreadlocks sleep cap, which is specifically designed to protect the full length of your hair.