Great news about the healing effects of RAW PAPAYA LEAVES! The fruit contains many enzymes which can aid digestion and assist in maintaining optimum health, but I had never even thought about using the leaves medicinally as a tonic.
Use about 2 papaya leaves per serving as the yield per leaf is only 1 tablespoon.
Pound and push through a straining cloth.
Drink once or twice a day – or as needed.
(NOTE: Use only the leaf. DO NOT HEAT as heat will destroy some of the enzymes!)
The juice is rather bitter, but it can save a life. I find it to be equally effective to place the leaves into a blender, adding enough water to make about a litre. (Make sure that you drink the juice of TWO leaves each time.)
What if you do not have a papaya tree in your yard? Perhaps it would be appropriate NOW to get a medium pot for houseplants and fill it with potting soil. Then purchase a delicious papaya fruit, saving the seeds and placing them on the soil – or just under the surface. (My monkey has “planted” over 40 papaya trees by tossing the unwanted seeds onto the ground – no “planting” required! He is such a good little farmer.)
By starting your own papaya plants NOW, you will be READY in the event that you or your family should need the leaves. Whether it is dengue or flu, the raw papaya leaf juice could not be detrimental – and it just might be the key to your recovery!