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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Carica papaya

Alternate Names: Pawpaw, Melon Tree, Custard Apple


Parts Used: Leaves, fruit, seeds, latex.

Properties: Antiparasitic, Antitumor, Digestive Tonic, Emmenagogue, Hypoglycemic, Hemolytic, Stomach Tonic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary.

Internal Uses: Allergies, Amenorrhea, Constipation, Dysmenorrhea, Dyspepsia, Giardia, Indigestion, Parasites, Ulcers

Internal Applications: Tea, Capsules.
The fruit only is hypoglycemic. The seeds only are valuable against parasites.
Papain is an enzyme present in the unripe papaya fruit, the peel of the ripe fruit and leaf. It is similar to pepsin and helps to digest protein, carbohydrates and fats. It also reduces acid secretions in the stomach. Currently one of the other enzymes in papaya, chymopapain, is being used in medicine where it is injected directly into herniated lumbar discs to dissolve protein and reduce inflammation. In Asia, the latex has been applied to the cervix to stimulate labor.

Topical Uses: Boils, Insect Stings, Ringworm, Tumors, Warts, Wounds

Topical Applications: Use leaves as a poultice for wounds, even festering wounds. Unripe fruit is used in facial masks and applied as a poultice for tumors. Papain powder is applied to bee stings and fire coral burns to reduce pain and inflammation. Papain powder is also used as a tooth and gum cleanser. The latex is applied to boils, wounds, ringworm and warts.

Culinary uses: Papain is used as a meat tenderizer.

Energetics: Sweet, Neutral.

Chemical Constituents: Proteolytic enzymes (papain, chymopapain), alkaloid (carpaine). Seeds contain carpasemine.

Contraindications: Pregnant women should avoid large amounts of Papaya in medicinal doses until its effect upon the placenta is better understood. As with all substances, allergic reactions are possible. Excessive amounts can be purgative.

Comments: There have been reports that women in Polynesia and the Carribean eat 25 seeds a day as a contraceptive agent, to stimulate menses and labor, and to induce abortion.

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