What is Papaya? This wonderful fruit comes from a tree like plant. Both the teas and fruit of this beautiful plant can be used for its benefits. You can eat the Papaya seeds, fruit, and leave and even brew the leaves as a tea.
Papaya can lower your cholesterol and boost metabolism. Papaya also boosts the immune system, improves liver health, and prevents heart disease. Papaya can improve eye sight and prevent Macular degeneration. Papaya can prevent gastric ulcers and heal minor stomach problems.
Used to treat diabetes, papaya extracts have also been found to reduce lipid and triglycerides in patients with diabetes.
It protects against arthritis and is good for those who have arthritis. Papayas have naturally anti-inflammatory properties so can be used to treat any inflammation within the body.
Eating a papaya a day can improve your digestive system and treat constipation, ease menstrual cramps for women, and prevent aging as it contains antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. It is great for improving skin and hair also.
In preventing free radical damage, papaya has been shown to protect against prostate and colon cancer in a recent study done by Harvard. Papaya has been used to treat cancer as well.
As an anti-parasitic, papaya is effective at flushing out worms within the body.
Papaya can be used for pregnant women to cure nausea and morning sickness.
Papaya is an ideal fruit for those with colds, flu, or fevers. The juice is highly effective in treating those with dengue fever as it helps increase the platelet count within the body.
Contains: Fiber, Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Flavonoids, Papain, Vitamin E, Phytonutrients, Calcium, Potassium, Riboflavin, Thiamine
Cautions: Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid eating green papayas and seeds from papaya as the Papain is the highest in this and can induce a miscarriage. A fully ripe fresh fruit is low in Papain and okay for pregnant women. Do not take if you are already taking medication for cholesterol or ulcers. The Papain enzyme has blood thinning properties so may effect medications such as Warfarin and other anticoagulants, including daily aspirin so do not take if you are on these medications. Do not take if you have any blood clotting disorders, such as thrombosis and hemophilia. Do not take if you have a latex allergy.
Directions: For Tea, it is best to use flash boiled water poured into the teapot, as if to rinse, and quickly pour it out.
- Pour 16oz of hot water into the rinsed and heated teapot over two teaspoons of dry papaya loose leaves and cover with the lid.
- Let it sit for about 8 minutes.
- The leaves can be consumed with the drink if preferred, or strained if not required.
- Sweeten with sugar, sweetener or honey if desired.
- For iced tea, allow to cool, put into glass container and place in fridge until needed. Drink within 3 days.
Difficult to eat raw. The green papaya has a mild flavor while the ripe papaya is sweet. Fruit may be eaten as is or placed in curries, dals, soups, chutneys. Green papaya can replace potatoes in recipes as well. It may be juiced and drank as is or mixed in with other juices.
Add powder to smoothie, sprinkle on salad or soups, or create your own salad dressing with it.
Seeds are bitter, but may be eaten with raw honey to improve taste.
How to treat parasitic worms: papaya seeds with raw honey 30 to 40 minutes before a meal.