Soursop

guyabano picture

Annonas muricata L.
While we were eating dinner, my husband mentioned that his officemate started to drink Soursop leaves or Guyabano leaves for almost 3 months now. And the lump on his back started to disappear.
This made me dig further for more information about this plant.
The Soursop tree or the Guyabano tree originated from Central America and some parts of Southern America. But it is abundantly cultivated and grown in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines and Indonesia where it is available all year round.
In the Philippines it is known as Guyabano and in Indonesia it is known as Sirsak. The fruit is abundantly sold in the market and in groceries and supermarkets.
The Soursop is a tree that grows up to 12-24 cm in height. The leaves are alternate, oval in shape, pointed at both ends, smooth and shining, 7 to 20 centimeters long and with petioles about 5 millimeters long and the fruit is green in color and has spines. When ripe it is soft to the touch.
The Soursop plant can be propagated by grafting, cutting and budding.
The fruit, seeds , leaves and bark has medicinal uses.
The fruit when taken as a drink or even eaten raw is a good source of Vitamin C and thus a good boaster for the immune system. It is also good in treating liver ailments.
The seeds when pulverize can be used to treat head lice and even bed bugs.
The leaves when mashed can be used to treat skin eruptions and a good anti-inflammatory agent for the skin.
The leaves and the bark when boiled in water for 8-10 minutes and then strained. And the water is used as a drink can treat cancer patients. Studies have been made that it effectively targets and kills malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.. 
With all these medicinal uses, we can say that the Soursop or Guyabano is  miraculous. So why don’t you drink one today.
Recently, i found  a good source of Dried Sirsak leaves in capsule form. Recent studies from Purdue University shows that the leaves, stems and bark contains a phytochemical called Annonaceous Acetogenins which has antitumorous and anticancerous properties. People have started using it as an alternative to chemotherapy.  If you are interested, please send me your email.

Steve Jobs – a man with a legacy

I was surprised to read on facebook people saying Rest in Peace – Steve Jobs. Then i had to go to CNN to confirm what they were saying. When i learned that it was true.  Its like someone close to me just died. I was really affected. Then I realized, yes, he did had an impact in my life. The day when my husband gave me my iPad as a gift. Yes, that was the day when I became an “apple” fan. I love the iPad.

That started me to read more about Steve Jobs.  He inspired me to do things that i love to do and to follow my heart and my dreams.

I was also touched by Steve Jobs speech. To me it gave me a lot of insights in life. We need really to hone our God given talents and to do the best always and to hone our skills –10,000 times in order for us to be the best for the world.

Driven by passion, we can fulfill our dreams.

Allow me to share with you the speech he did at Stanford University.

Rest in peace Steve Jobs! Thank you for sharing with us your God given talent and the legacy you left behind – the apple technology.

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Kalamansi

Citrus microcarpa L.

Citrus microcarpa L.

This wonder fruit is cultivated and grown in the Philippines. This is a must for every household. The plant is a shrub that grows with tiny spines.  The fruit is normally green but when ripe it turns yellowish.

The fruit is rich in Vitamin C. 34 pcs of the medium ripe Kalamansi can meet the dietary allowance of Vitamin C which is 90 mg/day.

The fruit is used to treat cough, colds and a sorethroat. It can also be a bleaching agent for freckles and helps clear up acne. It is also used as a face mask if used together with milk. The fruit crushed with gugo is used to wash the hair and can stimulate hair growth.

Why not grab a calamansi today and make a fruit juice.

References:

www.stuartxchange.org

www.fnri.dost.govt.ph