Graviola is a name used to describe a tropical evergreen tree that grows wild in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and South and Central America. It can be found in the tropics primarily. It is also known as guanabana in Spanish and is commonly referred to as soursop, especially in North America.
Graviola TreeThe tree is bears a spiny fruit that contains a sweet runny custardy pulp that contains large black seeds that look like oversized watermelon seeds. The tree has long been valued for the medicinal qualities in its leaves, stems and bark. The fruit is also eaten for health and as a remedy against a large list of ailments.
Benefits of GraviolaHere are some of the maladies and diseases the graviola tree is known to remedy.
(That's a big one and we'll get more into that below.)
It is also used for:
- Digestive maladies and discomfort
- Head lice (applied topically)
- Depression and anxiety
- Skin conditions (applied topically)
Graviola and Cancer
Graviola as long been used to treat cancer by indigenous populations in the Caribbean, South America and Africa and many places around the world where graviola grows wild.
This merits a longer discussion, so please read more on this page: Graviola and cancer.