Sugar apple trees grow 10 to 20 feet tall and are widely cultivated throughout the United States. This tree produces deciduous leaves that are used for a variety of medicinal purposes.
Sugar Apple Leaves
Sugar apple leaves measure 2 to 6 inches in length and feature hairy petioles. These oblong leaves emit a strong fragrance when they are crushed.
Sugar apple leaves contain an oil that is comprised of terpenes and sesquiterpenes such as B-carophyllene.
Uses in India
In India, sugar apple leaves are used to treat ulcers, wounds, and dysentery. Crushed leaves are also used to revive a person who has fainted or to help overcome hysteria.
Uses in America
In America, the leaves are used by themselves or in combination with other plant ingredients to treat colds, improve digestive health, and relieve rheumatic pain. The leaves of this plant are considered an emmenagogue, febrifuge and tonic.
Uses in Virgin Islands
In the Virgin Islands, sugar apple leaves are cultivated and used to treat stomach disorders, including dysentery and chronic diarrhea.