The history of papaya on the American continent dates back to Ponce de León, who after landing on Florida’s beaches wrote to the King of Spain, reporting his travels in search of youth. One of his letters says:”To cook the meat, the Indians prepare it, wrapping it many hours before taking it to the fire, in leaves of a tree that produces a delicious thick juice, and when it is eaten it is so tender that its fibers are separated with the fingers”.
Papaya is one of the best fruits in the world, both for its nutritional value and its medicinal power. One of its most important components is papain, an enzyme recognized as superior to pepsin and widely used to provide relief in cases of acute indigestion. It also has beneficial effects on living tissues.
Papaya milk has so many and varied applications in the United States that there is already a flourishing industry in the United States for collection, handling, and distribution.
Papaya is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fibers, mucilage, vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, E, C, mineral salts, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and papain (an enzyme that vitalizes and strengthens the immune system). Papaya replenishes the energy loss. The presence of papain, fiber and mucilage provide a great beneficial action throughout the organic system.
Advice for Use
- Acidosis – Feeding on papaya and chewing some seeds.
- Anginas – Local poultice with papaya pulp.
- Bronchitis – Proceed as directed for flu.
- Corns – Apply locally papaya milk, preferably milk from leaves.
- Cancer – Eating fasting, chewing, about 15 papaya seeds. After meals, eat about 10 seeds and other specific care is needed.
- Diuresis – It is recommended to eat only papaya or its juice, also eating some seeds.
- Stomach ailments – It is recommended to use ripe papaya in abundance, and to make, sporadically, exclusive consumptions of this fruit. Chew about 10 to 15 papaya seeds a day.
- Wounds – Apply milk from leaves.
- Liver ailments – Chew about 10 to 15 papaya seeds after lunch. Influenza – The infusion of the male papaya flowers with a little honey. Take 2 or 3 tablespoons per day, warm.
- Laxative – Feeding exclusively on papaya, preferably on an empty stomach, while eating some seeds.
- Skin, spots, and wrinkles on the skin – Massage the skin daily with ripe papaya.
- Warts – As indicated by corns.