HEALING HERBS – Pawpaw for energy and vitality
Greetings!“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,” are impeccable statements. A sure “way” to acquire good health is to know the truth applicable to the “silent doctors” to sustain a balanced life. Additionally, I hope you too are pleased by the presence of plants here with us in this dimension. The Creator created “silent doctors” before us and they are indeed part of the “Way” to radiant health. Likewise, pertinent information about it sprang from my higher consciousness. I will release some of that stored knowledge from my childhood, while sharing some of the latest research about it. I love “silent doctor” pawpaw. Pawpaw, Papaya or Tree Melon also known as Carica Papaya is an excellent “silent doctor”. It was referred to as “the fruit of the angels”, hence our Barbadian African ancestors knew no home should be without one. They valued pawpaw and took it to the sugar factories to be boiled and preserved. Do you remember having a dried Pawpaw shank inserted in the rectum? It was filled with castor oil and used as a suppository for constipation. As a child I used the shank to blow bubbles, even then its properties were ingested through the mouth, ever wondered why we were so healthy? Our foreparents discovered it was a tenderiser? Have we stopped using it for stomach cancer and fevers? Pawpaw fruit, seeds, stems and leaves are used for healing. The papaya fruit is an excellent source of dietary fibre, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It is low in calories and sodium. It also contains papain, (an enzyme that helps digest proteins), potassium, calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. Pawpaw is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and carotenes. Essentially it is very alkaline and balances and maintains optimum energy and vitality, it is beneficial for the immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems, smokers can use it to lower the risk of emphysema, antibiotics can destroy good intestinal bacteria and consuming pawpaw can replenish them. It can assist health challenges of the mouth including toothaches; it encourages the renewal of muscle tissue; using the inside of the skin can treat skin wounds that may heal slowly; its high Vitamin A content can delay cataract formation and treat eczema, acne and furunculosis. Pawpaw also alleviates inflammation, indigestion, sports injuries, biliary dyspepsia, pancreatitis, ulcers, intestinal parasites (especially tapeworms), nausea and constipation. In conclusion, as Arbor Day approaches I implore you to have ceremonies in the community, invite the neighbours over and plant “silent doctors” on your property.
By next year you will discover like King Solomon, that you too would have made wisdom your authentic guide. Remember, even at a cellular level, our bodies respond to plants for healing. Therefore, I advise all Barbadians to embrace angelic pawpaw, continue to research its medical values. What you discover will impress you.• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted at [email protected] or telephone 250-6450.DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific health claims for any products. Any attempt to diagnose and treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care professional.