"Papaya" – a powerhouse of nutrientsPapaya (পেঁপে), the Carica papaya (Sanskrit: Erand-karkati, Amtritatumbi, Hindi: Papitaa) effectively treats and improves all types of digestive and abdominal disorders. Papaya sap contains an enzyme "papain" a milky juice is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes, a digestive enzyme-papaintha, chymopapain, alkaloids carpaine and pseudocarpaine, and antioxidant nutrients which have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, and emmenagogue. It as a whole improves cardiovascular system. Latex can be applied topically on eczema, ringworm, psoriasis, corns, warts, sloughing wounds, carbuncles, and burn eschar. It is also known as abortifacient.
Home remedies practices
- Papaya sap put into a small scraped out hole in a sugar bonbon or batasha and taken during the morning hours in empty stomach helps in curing acute liver dysfunction. Papaya sap can be collected by tapping the oldest fruits while they are still entirely green (better to be collected while still in the tree) for getting the higher yields of latex milk.
- The papaya vinegar with lemon juice can be applied to the scalp for 20 minutes prior to shampooing to fight dandruff.
- Papaya peel is often used in cosmetics. The papaya peel can also be used in many home remedies.
- Application of peel with a little milk and honey protects, soothes and moisturizes the skin.
- Papaya peel simmered in olive oil, almond oil and rosehip oil, and the resulting papaya oil massaged onto the skin and used with honey and rose water Works as a skin toner and skin cleanser.
- Adding papaya oil and vinegar to bath water, with oils like lavender, orange and rosemary, helps in refreshing and relaxing, and can work as a pain reliever and muscle relaxants.
- Sunscreen and Soothing Slave: The presence of vitamin A helps to restore and rebuild damaged skin. Papaya peel is used as a skin lightening agent. When peel is mixed with honey and applied, it can act as softener and moisturizers the skin.
- Allergies and Side Effects: Papaya is frequently used as a hair conditioner, but should be used in small amounts. Papaya releases a latex fluid when not quite ripe, which can cause irritation and provoke allergic reaction in some people.
- Skin Discoloration: Eating too much of a yellow, green or orange colored food that contains Beta-carotene can cause a benign form of skin discoloration called carotenemia. The palms of the hands and soles of the feet are the most visible areas of the body affected by carotenemia. Cutting back on your papaya consumption will resolve the discoloration of the skin.
- Cosmetic Benefits of Papaya: Rubbing the white pulp of raw papaya improves pimples as well as wrinkles. Papaya works as a good bleaching agent. It is an important ingredient in bath soaps, astringents, detergent bars and hand washes. Papaya can help in removing dead worn-out skin cells and replace it with healthy new cells, thereby lightening the color of our skin. For this, one can prepare a paste of raw papaya and apply it on the skin once for few days.
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