Papaya And Its Benefits

The paw paw tree, also known as papaw or papaya, (Carica papaya) could be called "The Medicine Tree". It should not be confused with the American paw paw (Asimina triloba) to which it is not related. For more than a century the fruit of the PawPaw or Papaya tree has been proven to have many beneficial properties useful for maintaining or improving health and for the care of the skin. While it is the fruit that is most commonly used, in fact, all parts of the tree - leaves, bark, fruit, seeds - have been used to alleviate various conditions.

The Paw Paw fruit, is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E together with amino acids, calcium, iron and enzymes. In particular, it contains the enzyme papain which, as well as being of great help to people with digestive problems, is known to be antiseptic for cleaning wounds.

Papaya LeafThe leaves can be made into a tea for the alleviation of diarrhoea, flu, and heartburn. A tea made from the flowers can be used to treat bronchitis and jaundice. The bark has been used to remedy toothache. The seeds can be used as a substitute for pepper and have been used in treating diabetes and intestinal parasites. Research is uncovering many more uses for the paw paw.