Guava (Psidium guajava) is a favourite fruit of many and grow well in gardens around Adelaide. Once established, they are a resilient plant and prolific producer. There are quite a few speces and cultivars of Psidium available in Australia.
The interesting thing for small gardens is that they can do double duty. Not only can you eat the fruit, but the leaves can be used for medicinal purposes.
The leaves are antiseptic and antimicrobial, making a decoction of them great for washing wounds, rinsing the mouth for gum infections, vaginal and urinary infections and diarrhoea when it’s caused by parasites or infection.
Guava leaves are one of the seven herbs used in the Filipino cure-all tea, Pito -Pito