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Papaya Leaf (Organic)

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Element: Water
Planet: Moon

Herbs: Papaya Leaf (Organic)
Carica papaya

Format: C/S
Size: 1 oz

Also Known as: Carica papaya, Custard Apple Leaf.

Farming: Organic
Location: India

The papaya is a small tropical tree with a straight stem marked by scars where leaves have fallen directly from it. Papayas do not have branches. The papaya fruit is pear-shaped with a bright golden-yellow skin. The flesh of the fruit is a brighter orange-yellow, juicy and silky smooth, with a sweet and sour flavor. The shiny gray or black seeds in the interior of the fruit have a peppery taste and are edible, although they are usually discarded. The papaya is an extraordinarily useful plant. In the tropics around the world papaya is the breakfast fruit, served either green or ripe. The juice is a popular beverage, and the leaves and young stems are steamed and served as a vegetable.

The fruit yields an enzyme, papain, best known as a digestive aid but most commonly used to “clear” freshly brewed beer. Attached to moccasins or tied about the ankle it was used to protect the wearer from rattlesnakes because of its strong odor. Flathead tribe members ritually washed freshly harvested roots in streams near plant growth locations to precipitate rainfall in times of drought. Fresh or dried root brings a tingling sensation to tongue and gums.The Apache tribe also believed that Osha Root could be used as an aid in cases of common colds, sore throats, cough, sinusitis, and other side effects of the winter season.

The leaf contains beta-carotene, calcium, carpaine, fats, flavonols, niacin, papain, tannins, and vitamin C (in higher concentration in the leaf than in the fruit). The leaf, unlike the fruit, is not a source of the protein-dissolving enzyme papain, but the latex (sap) in the leaf stem is. Papain remains in leaf preparations that have been dried over low heat, but it may be destroyed in products that are dried at high heat. Generally taken as an Infusion or tea, taken in small doses. For convenience it may be taken as a capsule or extract.

Note: Avoid overdosing. Excessive use of the herb can result in a very strong laxative effect.

In Magick, Papaya Leaf is ruled by Moon and Water. It is a gentle herb, excellent for all types of healing blends. It is especially good for love magick and will work well with protection blends as well, where a gentler energy is needed (for children, the elderly and animals).

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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