Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya)

Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya)

Botanical Name: Carica papaya

Common Name(s): Medicine Tree, Melon Tree, Custard Apple, Pawpaw

Native Region: Central America and Mexico

Traditionally Used for: Indigestion, stomach ulcers, open skin wounds

Preparations: tea, tincture, capsule, powder

Affinities for Body Systems: Digestive system, Liver, Pancreas

Additional Parts Used: Papaya fruit and seed

  • Papaya leaves and unripe papaya fruit contain the digestive enzyme papain which, unlike other digestive enzymes that can only digest a protein in an acid or alkaline environment, can digest in either an acid, alkaline, or neutral environment*
  • Unripe papaya fruit juice was traditionally used to remove warts, tumors, and corns by those native to Central America*
  • Papaya has shown the ability to increase the coagulation (clotting) properties of the blood while simultaneously reducing acid secretion*
  • Indigenous Central American peoples have treated open wounds and skin ulcerations by wrapping fresh papaya leaves around the damaged areas*
  • Papaya seeds are known as a powerful abortive agent in India* and were eaten by African women during times of enslavement to prevent bringing more children into slavery (abortifacient)
  • Papain is a cancer preventative
  • Papaya contains all the enzymes needed to digest food and helps relieve gas and stomach aches*
  • Papaya leaf promotes balanced blood sugar levels for those with diabetes*
  • Papaya leaf is full of antioxidants like flavonoids and vitamin E  which can improve hair growth. It can also support hair growth and scalp health by inhibiting the growth of dandruff causing fungus
  • Topically, the enzyme papain present in papaya leaves acts as a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of clogged pores, ingrown hairs, and acne
  • Papaya seed oil reduces scarring, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots on the skin; tones and tightens the skin; and protects the skin against environmental stressors

Safety Considerations/Contraindications: Seeds should be avoided during pregnancy due to abortifacient properties. Be very cautious when taking papaya leaf along with diabetes medications, as the herb and drug together may cause blood sugar levels to drop too low. Talk with your primary healthcare provider before taking new herbs if you are pregnant or on any medications.

 Organic Papaya Leaf can be found here.

"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only." Talk with your primary healthcare provider before taking any new herbs if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any medications. 

*The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason N.D.

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