How to prepare Graviola Tea (Sour Sop/Guyabano/Babana)
Health drinks are becoming popular in the market nowadays. Here’s a potent one you can prepare at home, that is, if you have a Graviola tree planted in your backyard, otherwise you can simply buy Graviola products online to avoid the hassles of tea preparation. 😉
There’s really no exact procedure on how to prepare Graviola Tea aka Sour Sop (Guyabano or Babana in local dialect). The process I’ll be sharing here is simply a combination of what I’ve read from the Internet and also from our family friend who was the one who introduced to us the habit of drinking boiled Graviola leaves as a natural remedy for diabetes, hypertension, dysmenorrhoea, stomach ache and other medical conditions.
Graviola tree (Sour Sop / Guyabano / Babana) in our front yard
Easy steps in preparing Graviola (Sour Sop / Guyabano / Babana) Tea
Wash 15 pieces of Graviola leaves.
Cut the leaves into strips about in 1 inch width and put in a small or medium-sized pot.
Pour in about 1.5 liters of water, and bring to a boil for 15 minutes.
Turn off heat and let the boiled concoction steep for 15 minutes.
The color of the liquid is initially dark orange, but it turns to a deep wine red after sometime.
Here’s your tea… enjoy!
Health Tips you should know:
Additional Information for Graviola Tea Preparation
Some sources advise on drinking the Graviola tea within 8 hours, while others practice storing some of the boiled liquid in the refrigerator and heating it before drinking. We used to keep the liquid in the ref, as it is quite tiresome to boil regularly, but after reading some sources saying that the tea loses its potency after 8 hours, we decided to immediately consume within the specified time limit whatever we prepare just to be sure.
The liquid is basically tasteless. You can add sugar or sweetener, lemon, calamansi and other flavor enhancers if you wish. My mom prepares her Graviola tea in style. 😉 She doesn’t drink it plain like I do, instead she adds two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and sugar for a sweet drink with a hint of sour taste.
Few days ago, I had heartburn and it was causing much discomfort and pain. Fortunately, there was extra boiled liquid in the pot. I drank about 2 mugs and felt relieved of the pain within half-hour. Yes, it really works.