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What Are the Different Uses of Papaya Peel?

Papaya peel, often discarded, is a treasure trove of benefits. It's a natural exfoliant for skin rejuvenation, a meat tenderizer due to its enzyme papain, and can be used in composting to enrich soil. Even more intriguing, it has potential in eco-friendly packaging. Intrigued by these versatile uses? Discover how papaya peel might become your unexpected household staple. What will you try first?
Sonal Panse
Sonal Panse

Papaya, botanical name Carica papaya, is an oblong tropical fruit, often seen in orange-red, yellow-green and yellow-orange hues, with a rich orange pulp. The fruit is not just delicious and healthy, but its pulp and peel are also known to have medicinal properties. The many benefits of papaya mainly stem from the high content of Vitamins A, B and C as well as from the presence of proteolytic enzymes like papain and chymopapain which have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

There are many uses of papaya peel including as an ingredient in many skin and hair care papaya products. The papaya peel can also be used in many home remedies. Application of the pulp or the peel with a little milk and honey can help protect, soothe and moisturize the skin. The papain enzyme gives the papaya face mask its exfoliating properties, and applying the mask for about 20 minutes can rid the skin of dead cells. It is also quite effective in ridding the skin of blemishes.

The papaya mask works both as a sunscreen and as a soothing salve for sunburned skin. The presence of Vitamin A helps to restore and rebuild damaged skin. In many cultures, the application of papaya peel is used as a skin lightening agent.

A papaya.
A papaya.

The papaya peel can be sliced into small pieces and soaked in vinegar for several weeks. The peel is then removed and the papaya-infused vinegar can be used for skin applications. The papaya vinegar with lemon juice can be applied to the scalp for 20 minutes prior to shampooing to fight dandruff.

The peel can also be simmered in olive oil, almond oil and rosehip oil, and the resulting papaya oil can be massaged into the skin and used with honey and rose water as a skin toner and skin cleanser. The papaya peel oil can also be used with cream as a face mask. Regular application of papaya mask and papaya vinegar can ensure a clear complexion.

An unripe papaya.
An unripe papaya.

Since papaya peel is rich in antioxidants, it can stave off wrinkles to a certain extent. It can be applied to the feet to soften the soles and to get rid of any cracks and corns. Adding papaya oil and vinegar to bath water, along with essential oils like lavender, orange and rosemary, can be nourishing, refreshing and relaxing, and can work as a pain reliever and muscle relaxant.

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Discussion Comments


FBoyle, how do you make papaya peel tea? My doctor recommended I drink this tea for increasing my platelets. Please let me know. Thank you in advance.


@fify-- You're right. Papaya is a natural antiseptic. Papaya peels and papaya flesh can be used on skin ailments like acne, cuts, burns, dermatitis and eczema. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it will reduce irritation and redness. It will also prevent infections.

This is why there are ointments with papaya, papaya soap and papaya skin masks. Papaya is excellent for skin.


Does papaya peel have antiseptic properties?

I ask because my sister put papaya peels on my face yesterday saying that it will make my skin glow. I noticed this morning that all of my acne spots have dried up and are healing. I think the papaya peels did it.


I make tea from papaya peel and leaves. It's delicious and I've read that papaya also protects against cancer.

I actually tried tea from papaya leaves and seeds first, but it didn't taste very good. So I started including papaya peel as well. I didn't know that papaya peel is beneficial as well. I guess the whole plant is beneficial.

I do recommend keeping the peels and using them fresh or dried for tea. But I always eat organic papaya and make sure to wash the skin well. Otherwise, the skin might have pesticides and chemicals on it and that won't be safe to use in tea.

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      A papaya.
    • An unripe papaya.
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      An unripe papaya.
    • Papaya peels, soaked in vinegar,  can be used to treat dandruff.
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      Papaya peels, soaked in vinegar, can be used to treat dandruff.
    • Papaya peel, when soaked in vinegar, can be applied to the skin for various conditions.
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      Papaya peel, when soaked in vinegar, can be applied to the skin for various conditions.