We have soursop growing and it's big enough now that were going to begin harvesting for tea. Soursop tea supposedly contains a very strong anti cancer agent.
I've chewed on guava leaves and it does indeed seem to reduce the plaque-y feeling in my mouth. It's supposed to aid gums.
I have holy basil too, which goes pretty crazy and reseeds.
Here's what's said of it :
"Researchers suggest that holy basil contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents, which significantly reduce inflammation and enhance detoxification (a metabolic process for reducing toxins in the body). Holy basil also has anti-microbial properties, thanks to its oil content, eugenol, present in its leaves.
In laboratory studies, the oil of holy basil has been found to possess significant anti-inflammatory activity.
Holy basil has a reputation in respiratory tract infections too. Hence, researchers suggest that it can play an important role in the management of immunological disorders, such as allergy and asthmatic affections. Experts also praise the anti-spasmodic properties of holy basil due to its action in relieving abdominal pains. And, what’s most important — the herb, it is said, also helps lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Apart from India, the herb holds an important place in Surinam’s cultural tradition and medicine. Surinamese have, for long, used the juice of the leaves against fever, and also as an antidote for snake and scorpion bites.
Tonic Effect of Basil Leaf
Holy basil belongs to a plant group called adaptogens. Adaptogens are closely related to what are called phytomedicines - natural product remedies, long used to promote health, healing, and well-being. It is suggested that adaptogens help relieve stress and tension of daily life.
Adaptogenic herbs are known for various actions. This includes: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, cardio-protective, immune system supportive, nerve revitalizing functions, and improved physical and mental stamina. In many studies, adaptogens seem to protect against the effects of radiation. They also reduce the side-effects of chemotherapeutic drugs, and increase our resistance to chemical carcinogens.