Use Papayas for Skin, Health, and Hair Care

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Exotic papayas

Papayas are rarely grown in the United States, with the exception of Florida and Hawaii. Florida offers the most commercial production of papayas. Hawaii is renowned for its small-sized Hawaiian papayas. In Mexico and Puerto Rico also grow large-sized Mexican papayas, while Asia is pioneering papaya production using the fruits for many different purposes. Papayas only grow in tropical climates, in particular, in Asia. People who live there can extract the fruits from the trees whenever they want, because it is found in abundance. Papayas may be difficult to find in your area, but they are worth looking for in your grocery store, as the fruits are beneficial to your overall health and beauty. If you are interested in learning more about the features of this wonderful fruit, read the following information below:

Papayas: Its Active Properties

Papayas are included in the top 5 most traded tropical fruits. Christopher Columbus described papayas as, 'the fruits of angels'. Indeed they are because of their sweet taste and butter-like consistency. They were once called exotic fruits, but now they are marketed all over the globe. Papayas are not only eaten, but because of their active properties, they are used for making beauty soaps, shampoos, body and hand lotions, to name a few. Papayas have different varieties, depending on the type of tree and country they are cultivated in. Despite its varieties, they all have the same health benefits. Papayas contain antibacterial proteolytic enzymes that are affective in fighting skin boils. Some manufacturers use the enzymes for making beauty products, such as soaps that combat skin rashes and boils. The juice of the papaya can act as iron supplements. It improves iron absorption in the heart and central nervous system.

In addition to the proteolytic enzymes, papayas have other active properties called papayina. This active ingredient is extracted to add to the ingredients of products producing dietary supplements and even chewing gums. Papayas are also rich in vitamins B5, C, A, K, E, folate, potassium, and fiber. These fruits are considered one of the world's healthiest foods. The leaves of the papaya trees are also beneficial in treating asthma. The flowers and other parts of the trees also contribute to the treatment for various diseases.

Papayas: Hair Care Benefits

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Having troubles when it comes to managing your hair? If so, papayas can help you take care of your hair, making it healthy, smooth and manageable. Professional hair stylists recommend to people with thin hair to consume papaya juice daily to achieve thicker hair in a matter of weeks. They'll also tell you that papayas can be very helpful in making unruly, damaged hair become smooth, shiny, manageable, and healthier. However, there is no scientific evidence that papayas can help one solve his or her hair problems. There is, however, no real evidence of these benefits, aside from hundreds of years of using papayas for precisely these purposes.

Use: Hair professionals recommend drinking papaya juice daily or using shampoos and conditioners with papaya extracts. The hair products that are formulated naturally, allow for the best results. Some shampoos are not formulated with natural fruit enzymes. Shampoos specifically containing sulfates, and lauryl shampoos can contribute to hair damage. Choose the right shampoos and conditioners by opting for ones made with fruit extracts, such as the ones formulated with papaya extracts. You can buy these at hair salons, but these are quite costly. You can also make homemade hair treatments using papayas, if the hair products from salon are out of your price range.

How to make a homemade papaya hair treatment?

Because papayas have nutrients, minerals, and active enzymes, some people, especially in Asia, use papayas for making a homemade hair treatment. To make one yourself, follow the instructions below:

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    Things you will need:
    1. Raw papaya fruit
    2. 1/2 cup of yogurt
    3. A blender
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    1. Peel the raw papaya and slice it into pieces from the top to bottom.
    2. Remove the seeds and place the slices in a blender.
    3. Blend thoroughly to make a paste consistency and then add the yogurt.
    4. Transfer the paste into a clean bowl.
    5. Apply it to your hair and scalp.
    6. Use a shower cap or plastic bag to cover your hair for 15 to 30 minutes.
    7. Rinse out using a conditioner. You can apply this weekly or biweekly to achieve great results in no time. Avoid using sodium lauryl shampoos (SLS) before and after the application.
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Papayas: Skin Care Benefits

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Apart from hair care, papayas can have major benefits for the skin. With its Vitamins C, B5 and papain enzymes, the fruits will remove dead skin cells and treat pimples, skin rashes and boils. Papayas are a good source of antioxidants that can also delay skin aging. In addition to the aforementioned nutrients, papayas also have low sodium quality that will work to rehydrate your skin. It's no wonder some hand and body lotions are formulated with papayas - these can hydrate and restore skin from age and damage. The other nutrients present in papayas also contribute to a healthy, younger-looking skin. There are several beauty products infused with papaya extracts. You may want to buy them instead of buying chemical-based beauty products. If you have papayas at home, you can make your own papaya face mask. How to make one? Follow the steps below:

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    What you need
    1. 1 tbsp. of multani mitti (Fuller's Earth) or sandalwood powder
    2. Slices of papayas (cube-shaped)
    3. 1 tbsp. of honey
    4. A bowl
    5. A spoon
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    1. Mash the papayas cubes in a bowl, and mix the multani mitti or the sandalwood powder into the mashed fruit using a spoon. You can use either of the two powders because they both have the same benefits of absorbing excess oil on your face.
    2. Add 1 tbsp. of honey bowl and stir well until it becomes a paste.
    3. Apply to your face and leave on for about 20 minutes then wash it off using warm water. Afterwards, your face will be smooth, clean, and your skin will glow.
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  • There are different ingredients you can use when making a homemade papaya face mask, depending on your skin type. The above steps are good for oily skin. For dry skin, instead of adding sandalwood or multani mitti powder, you may want to c add 2 tbsp. of milk. For acne-prone skin, do not add any other ingredients. Mashed raw papayas will clean clogged pores and control pimples. Just mash them and apply to your face, leaving it on for about 25 minutes before washing it off with warm water. For all skin types, you can also try adding a spoon of fresh Aloe Vera to the mixture.
  • You can also apply your mixture on other parts of your body, such as underarms, knees, and elbows, as the fruits can also whiten dark spots. The bonus, is no matter what you use the papaya for, you will end up with clearer skin, and more even skin tones.

Papayas: Overall Health Care Benefits:

In this section, you will learn the benefits of papaya for some specific illnesses or diseases. Aside from the aforementioned minerals and vitamins found in papayas, these fruits are also rich in carotene and magnesium. With the combination of nutrients, enzymes, and minerals', papayas can prevent cardiovascular diseases as well as some cancers. Read below to learn more:

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    Prostate cancer
    Researchers of the "Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition" recommended regular consumption of lycopene-rich fruits like papayas to avoid prostate cancer in men. They conducted an experiment of the efficacy of lycopene-rich fruits such as papayas to the male subjects, and they concluded that men who love eating papayas and other lycopene-rich fruits were less likely to get prostate cancer. If you think you may have prostate cancer or have prostate cancer, you should still eat papayas or other lycopene-rich fruits to prevent it from developing or becoming worse.
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    Macular Degeneration
    This is a medical condition that most often occurs in adults between the ages of 50 to 80 years old. When people age, often they will experience a particular kind of vision loss called macular degeneration. That is why your parents always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. They were right. Fruits like papayas reduce the risk of getting age-related macular degeneration.
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    Papayas have vital nutrients and minerals that play an important role in boosting our immune systems. You can include papayas in meals, so your family will benefit from their therapeutic nature. Vitamins C and A are an excellent boost to one's immune system, and papayas contain all of these.
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    Cardiovascular System
    Papayas have fiber that helps reduce high cholesterol. Vitamins C, A, and E can protect you from certain heart diseases, and papayas have these vitamins. If you keep eating fresh papaya every day, you are less likely to get heart disease.
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    Digestive System
    Again, papayas have fiber that helps regulate bowel movements, treat stomach disorders, and reduce the risk of getting stomach-related diseases. These fruits can prevent colon cancer because of their rich sources of beta-carotene, folate, vitamins E and C, which have been associated with the decreased risk of colon cancer.
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    Inflammatory Diseases
    Diseases like rheumatism, asthma, and osteoarthritis are caused by inflammation and infection. Papayas function as an anti-inflammatory in alternative medicine, because of their antioxidant nutrients and active enzymes. All these constituents help reduce inflammation. Papain, an active enzyme in papayas, helps with inflammation as well as being used as a treatment for burns.
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How to Make a Homemade Papaya Iced Juice

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Nowadays, beauty suppliers and manufacturers use papaya enzymes for their products because they know how beneficial papayas are, from hair, skin, to overall health. You may want to buy some for your overall health care. You can also try some homemade papaya beauty and hair treatments. Moreover, you can drink papaya juice! Wondering how to make a papaya juice? If you are, then follow the steps below:

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    1. Chunks of fresh papayas
    2. 1 1/2 cup of water
    3. Honey to taste
    4. 1 lime citrus fruit
    5. Ice cubes
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    1. Add the chunks of papayas into the blender.
    2. Blend them thoroughly and add the ice cubes.
    3. Fill the glass with the juice, once blended smoothly.
    4. Add the honey and squeeze the lime juice directly into the glass from the lime. Don't add too much honey at first. You can always add more.
    5. Serve and enjoy!
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Tips & Warnings

  • Each person has different skin type. Papayas may be effective when applied to the face and other parts of the body in some people, but it may not be effective when applied to your skin. Try different combinations of the ingredients listed above. You may have an allergic reaction to papain enzymes and latex. You may wish to consult your doctor first before applying papayas to your skin.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume a large amount of papayas, because the unprocessed papain enzymes could cause birth defects and even cause a miscarriage. It's always wise to consult with your doctor or midwife first.
  • Eat papayas moderately. Too much can cause adverse effects. Ask your doctor to recommend the right dose of papayas, based on your condition.

Questions and Answers

What are the recipes in making papaya paste in order to heal the wound?

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It is important to note at the start that raw papaya should not be applied to an open or bleeding wound or a burn that is weeping pus. The enzymes in the papaya may irritate the tissues. This remedy works best on partially healed skin or scars from cuts and burns.

For this paste you will need both aloe gel (fresh from the plant is preferable) and half a cup of papaya.

Puree half a cup of papaya in a blender until it is a thick paste. Add 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel and blend well. Apply this mixture directly to the affected skin tissue and leave it on until it has dried. Then take a shower and rinse the paste off. The synergistic actions of these two ingredients will help the wound or burn to heal faster.

Note that people suffering from latex allergies might also be allergic to papaya as both plants contain a substance called Chitinase that irritates some people's skin.

How can I add papaya to my pomade?

I am about to make pomade for my hair because my hair is really damaged. I have tried: Because I searched about papaya, and I saw it good for hair damage. I think it was caused by: Using bad product

There is a recipe in the above article for a papaya hair treatment to replace your regular conditioner. If you adding papaya to your pomade you will need to store the pomade in refrigeration and use it up within a week.

I heard that papaya is good to prevent hair loss is that true?

I am 57 years old. I have been noticing that my hair is thinning on the crown of my head. Will papaya pulp help?

You can make the hair conditioner in the above article and many in India believe that eating papaya three days a week keeps their hair from too much loss. The nutrients in papaya are highly beneficial to your scalp and hair so it can't hurt to try along with these other hair loss remedies from VisiHow:

How can I use papaya for pomade and keep for a long time?

I want to find out how can I use papaya for pomade and keep for a long time without it going bad, what can I use to preserve papaya.. I have tried: I'm now trying to prepare pomade for myself but because papaya contains a little bit of water, I am wondering how can the pomade last long.. I think it was caused by: No problem yet.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation lists the times needed to can papaya properly. If you want to make a large batch of the pomade you will need to can the pomade using the boiling water method to seal the jars. Keep in mind, if you are adding an oil like coconut to your pomade do not fill up the jar all the way because the oil will melt in the hot water bath.

I want to know how to make papaya powder?

I just wanted to know how to make papaya powder for facial from home remedies

Dried papaya leaves and the papaya skin are traditionally used to make the powders. Allow them to dry in the sun or an oven at low temperature for several hours. Once they are extremely dehydrated, transfer to a food processor and grind them down to a powder. I do this with my pomegranate skins and the trick is to make sure they are completely dehydrated.

Can I use both raw and ripe papaya when making a home made hair treatment using papaya?

Treating hair using papaya to get rid of unhealthy hair and loss of hair

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