Preparing A Fresh and Instant Leaf Tea

There are two guyabano trees in front of our office. A microwave oven is available for use. Two available materials for making fresh instant tea.

I am doing the following procedures in preparing tea every morning and whenever I like it. Ohh! Correction, only in office.

1) Get three guyabano leaves.
2) Rinse it shortly under running water.
3) Tear them to halves.
4) Place in big mug.
5) Add water.
6) Heat in oven for four minutes at maximum setting.
7) Take out the mug.
8) Use a fork to push down all leaves to bottom.
9) Let cool for a minute or two and start drinking.


I would like to remind that this is not for serious people with extreme desire. Microwave energy is known to act on water molecules. However, many articles over the internet are saying that microwave may affect food components. Its effect on guyabano and other tea materials is uncertain.

microwave prepared guyabano leaf tea

5 Replies to “Preparing A Fresh and Instant Leaf Tea”

    1. Where are you based? If in the Philippines, you’ll have to source it from friends/relatives who have the tree in their backyard. Here in the US, there are a very few (Filipino families) who have the guyabano tree in their yards, but even the fruit is not sold commercially, or at least I haven’t seen it in the supermarkets.
      Marvin, any ideas where to source fresh guyabano leaves in the Phil?

  1. Marvin, since you have access to fresh guyabano leaves, you are lucky to be able to experiment as much as you like. Me, I am still negotiating with my friend for some fresh guyabano leaves by mail, in exchange for my dried malunggay tea leaves, also by mail.
    I suggest trying to prepare the guyabano tea this way: After rinsing out leaves, tear or slice into strips, then air dry indoors till brittle.
    Place dried guyabano material in cup, then pour boiled water into the cup; allow to steep 2-3 minutes. This way, you will probably eliminate the deleterious effect of microwaves on the medicinal components of the guyabano leaves which may (or may not) affect its efficacy. Most teas and tisanes (“tea” made from herbs and other plant materials that are not from the true tea bush) are prepared this way: boiled water is poured over the tea material and allowed to steep (or get more concentrated in flavor). I would still add some sweetener and natural flavoring (like tanglad/lemon grass, or ginger ) to mask its unpalatable taste. Enjoy!

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