Papaya-Tropical fruit tree, originally from southern Mexico, where it was first cultivated. Now, papaya tree is cultivated mostly in tropical countries. India and Brazil are the major producers of papaya, together providing more than half of the world total production.
Papaya fruit is very low in calories (less than 40 calories in 100g.) and it not contains cholesterol. Papaya fruit is a rich source of phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. This fruit boosts our immune system, provides better vision and is good for detox.
However, papaya leaves are far more powerful than the fruit itself. Papaya leaves, which are bitter to taste, contain higher concentration of phytonutrients–which explains their therapeutic benefits. The extract from dried papaya leaves has anti-cancer effects-is good against large spectrum of tumors-including cancer of the cervix, breast cancer, liver, lung and pancreas. Papaya leaves are also good for many skin conditions, such as infected cuts or for removing freckles and for balance high blood sugar.
One of the best way of daily usage of the papaya leaves, is in form of Tea. Papaya leaf tea can relieve a long list of ailments making it a highly preferred drink.
How to prepare Tea from Papaya Leaves
In two liters of water, add 10-12 leaves of papaya and bring the water to boil. When water starts to boil, keep on medium heat until water is reduced in half. When is done, take out the leaves and your tea is ready. Do not use sugar for this tea, use honey as a sugar substitute.
Daily usage of this tea will treat indigestion, will detox your organism, will balance high blood sugar and will boost your immune system. You can prepare this tea in larger quantities and keep it in glass bottles in your fridge, but is recommended to use it fresh, preparing it on daily basics.
It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women to take this tea as the constituents may be too strong for the developing baby.