Soursop leaves can be eaten raw, steeped in hot water and used as a tea, boiled in water to make a decoction, mashed and applied to the skin or simply applied directly to the skin whole. Soursop is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
Soursop (also known as graviola) leaves can be steeped as a tea or boiled in water to create a liquid concentrate that treats cancer, gout, diabetes, cough, diarrhea, fever, indigestion, liver conditions and gall bladder disease. It can also be used as an analgesic; to prevent infection and boost the immune system; to kill bedbugs; and, when applied to the scalp, to kill lice.
The leaves can also be mashed and applied to the skin to treat arthritis and eczema. They can also be placed directly on the skin, whole, to treat wounds. In addition to the leaves, the stem, root, fruit and seeds of soursop can all be used medicinally. Soursop contains chemicals that kill viruses, bacteria and parasites.
To make a tea, pour one cup of boiling water over two to three cut-up soursop leaves, cover and let sit for 30 to 60 minutes, then strain and drink either hot or cold, one to two times per day. To make a concentrate, boil 15 cut-up soursop leaves in about four cups of water until the water is reduced by almost half. The concentrate can either be ingested or applied topically (for instance, as a compress).