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Papaya is a very juicy and fibrous fruit enjoyed by many. However, the healing properties of its leaves are very hard to ignore. The leaves of the papaya tree have properties that address a variety of diseases and ailments.
In this article, I'll be giving you a list of some health conditions that can be treated with papaya leaves.
1. Dengue fever
Papaya leaf is one of the effective treatments for dengue fever. Dengue is caused by infected Aedes mosquitoes, which transmits the disease into our blood. Dengue fever severely brings down the blood platelet count, and the extract from papaya leaf is known to help increase the platelet count.
While nothing has been medically documented till date but experiments suggest that papaya leaf extract can effectively treat malaria. It has plasmodiastatic properties, and in particular, a compound called Acetogenin, that indirectly controls malarial fever.
3. High blood sugarImage credit: hhmglobal.com
Papaya leaves are very beneficial for diabetic patients. They are often used as a natural therapy for treating diabetes and regulating high blood sugar. This is attributed to papaya leaves' ability to protect insulin producing cells in the pancreas from damage and premature death.
4. Liver conditions
The extract from papaya leaf acts as a potent cleansing agent for your blood by lowering the cholesterol levels. This lowered cholesterol level further minimizes lipid peroxidation, and the liver is protected from all sorts of free radical-induced inflammatory diseases, such as liver cirrhosis and jaundice.
5. IndigestionImage credit: parenting.firstcry.com
A glass of papaya leaf juice daily can prevent many digestive problems such as constipation and indigestion. Papaya leaves contain the enzyme papain and chymonpapain, both of which aid an easy digestion process, prevent constipation and clean the colon. Papain is also helpful in healing and preventing stomach ulcers.
6. Skin conditions
Papaya leaf juice has a rich content of vitamin C and A, which would give your skin health a boost. It is suggested to use fresh papaya leaf juice as a moisturiser to open the clogged pores of facial skin. When used on a regular basis (twice a week), it also clears out pimples, acne, and excessive oil from the face.
7. Menstrual painsImage credit: flo.health
Every woman goes through painful menstrual cramps in her life. Papaya leaf juice works wonders to ease the menstrual flow and reduce the pain, by reducing the contractions of the uterus. Its potent healing properties balance hormones, and regulate menstruation cycles.
8. Dandruff and Hair fall
The extract of papaya leaf is said to promote hair growth, prevent balding and thinning of hair, and is also an important ingredient used in anti-dandruff shampoos. All you need to do is crush fresh papaya leaves and apply on your scalp. By doing this you can easily remove the excess oil, dirt, and grime at the roots.
To prepare papaya leaf juice to be taken orally, wash and partly dry some fresh medium-sized leaves. Then, boil the leaves in 2 litres of water, until the water is reduced to half, after which you filter and drink.
Another method is to take some fresh papaya leaves, and thoroughly wash them. Add some cool water and blend or squeeze out the juice. Then, take 2 tablespoons of this bitter juice 2 times a day.
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