According to Wikipedia, The papaya, papaw, or pawpaw is the plant Carica papaya, one of the 22 accepted species in the genus Carica of the family Caricaceae. Its origin is in the tropics of the Americas, perhaps from Central America and southern Mexico.
Papaya was introduced to Hawaii in the 1800s, and Hawaii remains the only state in the USA to produce papaya commercially. A small industry developed in Florida in the first part of the 20th century but declined rapidly with the introduction of viral diseases that today threaten papaya elsewhere.
Health benefits of Papaya include managing weight, high blood pressure and even assisting in the prevention of diabetes. Did you know that one small papaya contains about 300% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C? This fruit is also replete with vitamin A and minerals like phosphorus, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. Vitamin A is required to maintain healthy vision while phosphorus is needed for good heart health. Papaya contains a vitamin also known as vitamin P, bioflavonoids which are semi-essential nutrients that work as nature’s modifiers and respond to biological changes in the body. The bioflavonoids in papaya modify the reaction of the body to viruses, carcinogens, and allergens, thereby protecting it from harmful and life-threatening diseases. Rich in antioxidants, papaya may help to strengthen immunity and eliminate free radicals and contains more beta-carotene than carrots by weight. In addition, Papaya is a great source of dietary fiber. This nutrient absorbs toxins in the colon that can cause cancer and eliminates them from the body through bowel movements. Fibers from fruit and vegetables like papaya can nourish the beneficial communities of microorganisms within your body. Due to its rich fiber content, papaya aids digestion and imparts a beautiful glow to your skin from its enzymes.
Now let's talk about the skin benefits of Papaya and why I used it in my Pineapple and Papaya soap.
Improving complexion - Courtesy of the active enzyme papain which helps to reduce pigmentation and control acne breakouts and wrinkle formation
Moisturizing - The active enzymes in papaya can assist in treating dry flaky skin and hydrate.
Clears pigmentation - Papaya has skin lightening properties that help clear blemishes and pigmentation. Also, the beta-carotene, enzymes, and phytochemicals present in papaya help promote fairness. The enzyme papain, along with the alpha-hydroxy acids, acts as a powerful exfoliator and dissolves inactive proteins and dead skin cells.
Has been said to assist in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis
Controls acne breakouts - Again, the proteolytic enzyme papain makes papaya an effective treatment for acne. Apart from the fruit itself, the leaves, skin, and seeds also contain certain enzymes that can diminish scars and blemishes.
As you can see, papaya has many great benefits for the skin as well as for the body and it is for these reasons that I have elected to include papaya puree in my bar soap.
* This blog is for informational purposes only and is in no way a source for treatment or diagnosis of any disease or disorder, nor do I make any claims as to outcomes from the use of my products. For true diagnosis and treatment please be sure to consult your physician as well as to conduct your own research.