The beautiful papaya is one of my favorite winter fruits. I wait all year for this guy to come into season!
Papaya seeds, often discarded, can actually be beneficial to skin and the digestive system as well for their antiseptic properties. They have been used internally for ages to fight stomach ailments and infections, even being said to help those suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. Papaya seeds make an excellent natural scrub, especially for those suffering from body acne or very dull skin. The skins have age-fighting, skin-brightening benefits as well, so I'm using some in this recipe too!
Instead of scooping them into the trash, just scoop them straight into a blender!
1/2 c. papaya seeds
3-4 T. papaya fruit (just scrape extra flesh when you remove the seeds)
2 t. body oil
2" piece of papaya peel (optional, but peel also has lots of anti-aging fruit acids!)
Blend mixture to grind seeds and make a puree.
Massage gently onto skin to exfoliate, leave on 10-15 minutes, and rinse clean.
Acidity in papaya can irritate sensitive skin if left for too long, so do a patch test if you have any concerns.
You can add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder or kaolin clay to add density to your scrub, if you want a more paste-like application.
This fruit is known for promoting clear, healthy skin from both the inside and out, so keep it in your diet while it's in season. Spicy papaya seeds taste a bit like a cross between mustard seeds and black pepper, and they can be dried, crushed, and used in place of black pepper to season foods if you are looking to add more papaya seeds to your diet! Add them to your diet slowly as not to overwhelm your digestive system.
You can also wash and freeze them for later!)