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  • Immunity For the Upcoming School Year

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    It's back to school time! Weather you are doing public, private or homeschool it's that time of year when bugs hit their high. What can you do for immunity for the upcoiming school year? Plenty!

    Here's How You Can Keep Your Family Healthy in Six Easy Steps

    1. Water

    Make sure the main source of liquid in your child's diet is water. Purest you can find. How does your water stack up? Make sure it's filtered or from a pure source. Distilled or Reverse Osmosis is best. The least amount of chlorine, bacteria and other chemicals found in tap water the best! Make sure to set a reminder to change your water filters on your tap and fridge! Water is life. Water flushed out toxins and hydrates your cells. Keep hydrated this school season.

    2. Vitamin C Source

    Vitamin C sources from whole foods is best because it will be more readily absorbed. Yes vitamin C supplements boast about more mg per dose but it's an isolate of the the vitamin c molecule and not WHOLE vitamin C. Baked potatoes, citrus fruit, papaya, green herbs, and berries are high in vitamin c. RAW is best but when you can't do raw then lightly steamed is the next best thing. Vitamin C increases when you cook a potato! Who knew?

    3. Zinc

    Again, don't take a supplement unless you don't have access to nuts, beans and whole foods in your area. Many seeds also carry this wonderful vitamin. Raw sunflower seeds and papaya have zinc!!! Zinc helps with immunity and helps fight off unwanted illness.

    4. Fish Oil/Omegas

    There are some great sources for omegas including: flax, borage, sea buckthorne, hemp, salmon oil, cod liver fish oil, and lambs quarters. Many of these plants you can grow in your flower bed. We grow our own flax and lambs quarters and they are drought friendly too! Omegas keep your brain healthy, lubricate your joints and ligaments and supports a healthy heart! Why did I include this in immunity? Because a healthy heart and brain are just as important, especially for the school year.

    5. Sunlight and Working Out

    Ten minutes of sunlight at peak hours (11 am to 2 pm) will increase your vitamin D and also lowers your chance of depression and moodiness. Sunlight is also good for your eyes and waking yourself up! Working out those muscles and staying active is really important for your immunity. Sweating gets rid of toxins in the body that would not be able to escape through your waste. A healthy heart is always important. Fresh blood being pumped through your body refreshes your entire system. Staying flexible and fit (even kids) will help ward off illnesses due to being stationary. Kids with obesity are ill more often and have more doctor visits.

    6. Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is one of those things that I would recommend supplementing because we just can't get enough unless you are outdoors from 11-2 in your birthday suit every day. Find a good D3 source that is kosher and that you trust! Vitamin D helps with immunity and can really help you stay well. Sometimes you can find a D3 and Omega supplement paired together for kids. Perfect!

    I'll leave you with some amazing BENTO Box Lunch Ideas! Other moms will be jealous!!!

    Immunity Bento box




  • Post Workout Papaya Smoothie Recipe (after high demand)

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    So after high demand here is my post workout protein papaya smoothie!!!

    You will need:

    1/2 cup to 1 cup fresh or frozen peak season papaya chunks
    1/2 Tablespoon Papaya Leaf Extract (optional) - for extra enzyme action
    2 cups liquid (water, coconut milk/almond milk or SuperPapaya Wellness Juice-Now AVAILABLE)
    1-2 Servings Vegan Protein Powder (Plain or Vanilla)
    1/2 - 1 cup GREENS frozen or fresh (Spinach, kale, collard, lambs quarters)
    1 TBL Flax Milled (OMEGAS!!!)
    1 TBL agave, grade B maple syrup or stevia packet

    Pulse a few times, and then blend for 30-40 seconds until smooth and creamy!!!
    Enjoy in a glass mason jar or cup (keep your plastic contact to a minimum as it messes with your hormones!).

    What is this good for after a workout you say?

    Papaya: dead cell removal, break down food, digestion, immunity, cell repair, vitamins and minerals and energy.

    Extract: Cell regulation, blood support, healthy cells, immunity boost, and lower bowel support.

    SuperPapaya Wellness Drink: immunity, antioxidants, nutrition, and vitamin C.

    Protein: after a workout your muscles cells break down, give your workout a post boost with vegan protein!

    Greens: Chlorophyll, need I say more? Pure oxygen back into your cells! Replenish your blood supply.

    Omegas: healthy brain, healthy heart!


  • Education This Summer Sizzles in Africa

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    Education is believably the most important thing a person can do before they leave this life. For, WISDOM GIVETH LIFE. This summer, once again, the WAAW Foundation has successfully ended the summer education season. This included a 2014 Computing, Robotics and Renewable Energy Summer Camp and The Foundation's STEM fellows from South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Kenya attended the 2014 East Africa Fellows Summit and Computer training in Brook house school, Nairobi, Kenya. — in Nairobi Area, Kenya.

    The 2014 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for 32 secondary school girls in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria was also an amazing success and in light of what has happened in Nigeria, it was inspiring to be updated on all the stories and success of the camp and trip.

    10% of the profits from your purchases at Herbal Papaya goes to support education for girls and the WAAW Foundation and we are so excited to be part of this wonderful endeavor.

    You can find out more about the WAAW Foundation at their facebook and website pages. To support the WAAW Foundation or to apply for a scholarship please visit: here.

  • Vitamin C As A Whole

    This is Part 2 on the series on whole herbs vs. isolates (using Vitamin C as an example).

    Since papaya leaf, fruit and seed has over 100% daily value of vitamin C I thought we could use this as an example. This series will be a four part series to explain the benefits of whole herbs and how to use them correctly and effectively. 

    OK, natural vs. isolate. Many chemists, medical doctors, companies and products equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing. This just isn't so. Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen, and other components as shown in the image in this post.

    This is like giving you less than half of a product when you order something. You expected to get a whole phone but they only sent the battery! What? This won't work! Every year we learn more about vitamin c and we are still discovering new nutrients in vitamins that were not detectable before. Who knows what we will discover in the future.

    So when choosing a vitamin or herbal supplement, especially for vitamin C, please remember to look for a whole herb, whole food, or whole vitamin source.

    For next time I will be discussing using whole herb supplements together to get more out of your supplements. For example calcium and vitamin C together working as a team. Next we will discuss cleansing and having your gut ready to except and absorb nutrients more efficiently.

  • Difference Between Whole Herbs and Isolate

    Since papaya leaf has over 100% of vitamin C daily value, let's start there...why we here at Herbal Papaya only do WHOLE FOOD and WHOLE HERB Supplements, Juices and Teas.

    Lets talk about the difference between whole herbs and isolate. So, in the 1930's, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C, made into an isolate) is discovered. Yay vitamin C! They discovered that it demonstrates a positive effect on scurvy. The research is published, and educated people say that vitamin C is ascorbic acid, and that it does everything that vitamin C can do. At that time they thought they had it all solved and figured out.

    Some time passes and then Rutin is discovered. It turns out to be part of a vitamin C complex. Why is it important? In order for vitamin C to strengthen the capillary walls, it needs this "rutin" to be present or it doesn't work. Okay, so maybe then they had it all figured out, right?

    Wrong, next, J factors are discovered. Vitamin C only will enhance the oxygen carrying capacity of the cells if they are present. Okay, surely now?

    Wait...Then a copper enzyme is discovered, then it turns out vitamin C will work loads more effectively with vitamin E and A, and... well, it goes on and on. Strangely enough, this incredibly fragile and delicate balance has always been present organically bound together in whole foods, such as a papaya or papaya leaf.

    Science is just begging to understand the whys of how everything was put together. Sometimes it take many generations to get the whole picture. What the conclusion is in the end almost every time is that if we mess with the creation and nature it won't be as good as the original. Whole herbs and isolate varieties are not equal.

    Today we seem to have more knowledge about nutrition and health than ever before. Go to a supermarket or health food store in America, and you find boxes and boxes of food, all with a nutritional profile. Here is the kicker for those processed foods: most of our food has now been fortified (that means nutrition "added" back). It is not uncommon to find juices, cereals and other foods fortified so that the label displays a beautiful ‘100%’ for your recommended daily value of nutrition. Wait, why do we need to add things back? When you cook food or process it, the nutrition is depleted or completely removed.

    If we take the label on the box's word for it, the fortified stuff might be 50 times more nutritious than the same amount of fruit! Wait, so why are we so malnourished? We do not have a food shortage issue in this country, however we do have starvation, even in obese individuals.

    Doctors, nutrition experts and so called medically trained individuals tell us there is no difference between vitamins in fruit and isolate chemically made vitamins. Also there is no difference in the sugars on the market compared to fruit sugar. They go on further to say that the chemical isolate is better because it's not mixed up with all that other "junk".

    With scientific methods getting more precise and our detection devices more sensitive were finding out more and more about our foods and finding smaller microscopic parts we couldn't find before. Information is constantly changing as they find our more year to year about whole herbs and isolates.

    Key note: Most of our food is fortified with ascorbic acid until it can display a proud 100% Daily Value on the label. Remember though, ascorbic acid is only part of vitamin C. In fact, it is simply the protective shell around vitamin C lacking the incredibly critical content! That's like having a vehicle with no engine, tires, radiator or other components, but giving it a frame and a paint job and saying its 100% effective and ready to roll.

    Consuming really whole foods and using only whole herb supplements can really make a difference. One important difference in absorption rate. Inorganic isolates can only have a 10% absorption rate while whole herb and foods have a 90-100% absorption rate. This can only be achieved (in either case) with a clean lower bowel.

    So what is the point? What we really need are whole herbs and foods. We find that most institutions and companies that claim to be the authorities on health and nutrition are lobbied, and have an agendas that makes it impossible for them to offer unbiased information. These same authorities will even say that nutrition has nothing to do with disease. So you can eat all the meat, pizza and dairy you want, as long as you take a multivitamin made from petrochemicals. (NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Hopefully now you will read those labels more carefully and know the difference between whole herbs and isolate.

    Here is a documentary list that will help explain the benefits of whole foods/herbs:

    Forks over Knives

    Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

    Super Juice Me

    Seeds of Deception

    Future of Food

    Food, Inc.

    Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. You can find her on Google+


  • Healthier Underarm Care

    Are you not happy with the "organic" and "natural" brands of underarm deodorants and want a healthier underarm care solution? I sure wasn't happy with mine. A few years ago I decided that the ingredients in these natural brands were something I could purchase myself at a lower cost. What will you need: aluminum-free baking soda, clear natural aloe vera gel (without   preservatives if possible), a large parmesean cheese shaker or empty salt shaker (usually glass). Total cost: Around $11-17 (and will last you from 6-12 months. Natural and organic deodorants range from $3.59-13.99 and typically don't last 6-12 months. You can spend less if you don't get brand new shakers (if you have this at home already). This healthier underarm care solution is good for you and for your wallet! More about aluminum free sodas.

    Okay, so how do I use this healthier underarm care program?

    1. First step to a healthier underarm care solution, put baking soda 3/4 full into the shaker. Make sure aloe vera is open and ready to squirt.

    2. Slightly wet you hands and shake (they should be "damp" hands).

    3. Slowly and carefully shake 1/4-1/2 tsp on your left hand. Spread the shake out!

    4. Rub both hands together.

    5. Optional: add a pea size or less of aloe vera gel if you have sensitive skin or an alkaline burn reaction to your skin.

    6. Rub under both underarms until coated and make sure it's rubbed in enough to not show "white". If white marks are showing up you used TOO MUCH baking soda.

    7. Rinse hands under water and dry hands. Your underarms will dry and voila! Cheap deodorant!

    You will get better and better as you do this daily. I do not have body odor with this method and have no health issues or rashes. The baking soda makes that part of your skin "alkaline" and therefore helps with toxins being released in that area. If you want to get "fancy" you can add a few drops off lavender or your favorite essential oil to your aloe vera gel or the baking soda shaker. Oils that have a antiseptic quality are: tea tree oil, coconut oil, lavender, oregano, and lemon.

    If you at all get a "burn" remember to add more aloe vera gel and less baking soda. Try for three days this way to see if the rash goes away. Yay you are on your way to healthier underarm care!

  • GMO Funding by the Big Companies

    Is GMO Funding causing labeling efforts to be thwarted? I just heard some disturbing news that some major companies that my family enjoys food products from have been bought out by the "bigs" and have sent lobbying dollars to thwart plans of labeling bills like Prop 37.

    The thing about this is I am finding out too late but I am not surprised. Here at Herbal Papaya we only source non-gmo seeds, leaves and fruit because it's something we are passionate about. We have joined forces with Just Label It and the Non-GMO Project (we are under process) because it's something we believe in.

    There are many companies making efforts to be GMO-free like us! We want to congratulate these companies. Companies like: Barbaras, Back to Nature, Glutino, GoRaw, EnerG, Lundberg, Manitoba and Mamma Chia to just name a few of our favorites. GMO Funding might cause slight set backs but these companies getting non-gmo verified increases awareness and informs the consumer.

    We don't promote this to brag but rather to educate because there are many still who do not know what GMO is. GMO means genetically modified organism to find out more click here. GMO Funding companies that we caught with their hands in the cookie jar include: General Mills (Larabar), Kellogg (Kashi), and Dean Foods (Silk). I am not saying there isn't redemption for these companies to turn around their choices but it didn't go unnoticed and it goes to show you that when the BIGS buy you out that making money becomes the top priority. If you grow small your choices are less based on making money.

    Want to get involved in turning back the tide on gmo funding? Here's how: Non-GMO Project & Just Label It.

    Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. You can find her on Google+.

  • How Should I Cleanse?

    How Should I Cleanse?

    The most important thing to know about cleansing is realizing that every person is different and may be affected by cleansing. You should always talk to your doctor, herbalist, or health practioner before starting a cleanse to know if it's right for you and safe.

    So...okay then, how should I cleanse?


    The first step is to clean the bowels. The lower bowel to be more precise. Why? Because when you clean the lower bowel you will have less toxins in your body, elimination will be efficient and ready for additional cleanses and your liver won't be on overduty.

    Most of us literally have pounds (not ounces) of waste in our body and when it gets jammed up and causes constipation there is no where for the toxins to go, this causes mood swings, sickness, body odor and can affect your immune system and allergies.

    So find an easy, not too complicated lower bowel cleanse that works for you. Make sure to drink plenty of fresh clean distilled water and stay on a mucusless diet during this time.

    This cleanse can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. Take until you are going 3-5 bowel movements a day and they are painless, no bleeding, no constipation, and no straining.



    Next up is a parasite cleanse. We all have them! Either from gardening, farm work, playing with our dogs, eating meat, travel or just playing at the beach we can all get parasites. This is best done after a lower bowel cleanse when the lower intestine is at its' best. Keep on your fresh water and mucusless diet during this cleanse. Whatever program you choose you should use it for two weeks or as directed. You may also take a look at black walnut tincture during this time and use a frequency generator to get any early stage parasites that might be left behind. Many Naturopath doctors now have frequency generators in their offices and all it takes it to schedule an appointment!



    Yay! It's the liver's turn and boy it does deserve it. The liver takes a beating and it needs to be refreshed too and it's so important. Doing a liver cleanse reaches an organ that manages to even pull prescription or over the counter drugs from our system. Many unwanted toxins can hide in our livers. Ask your herbalist what liver cleanse works best for you. Here are a few you can research.


    Next on the how should I cleanse train is the kidney cleanse. This is done after the liver cleanse for a reason. You want to make sure you are still drinking plenty of water and are still on a mucousless diet. Here are some ideas when thinking about starting a kidney cleanses you can discuss with your Master Herbalist or Naturopath Doctor.


    Lastly on the how should I cleanse list is the blood cleanse. This should be done with great care and observation. This should only be done with the advice of a Master Herbalist or Doctor. Cleansing the blood should only be done after all the other cleanses are done. You should be still going 3-5 times a day (moving the bowels) and not sick, have a fever, or a headache during this time. Along with a blood stream cleanse you can take 1-2 tablespoons of papaya leaf extract or 2-3 papaya leaf extract capsules.

    This blog post was prepared prior to 04/15/14.

    Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. You can find her on Google+


    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    *Consult your physician before beginning any herbal program.

    Prior to using these products, Download the Supplement Facts on this site, take them to your physician for approval.

  • Heirloom Seeds and Heirloom Practices

    Heirloom seeds have been used along with our heirloom farming practices. What does heirloom mean? Heirloom means: a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations. What does heirloom seeds mean? Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind. Generally, heirloom plants are grown on a small scale using traditional techniques, and are raised from seeds that are at least 50 years old (from google dictionary).


    So, why heirloom practices? Our reasons are varied but heirlooms have adapted over time to whatever climate and soil they have grown in. Due to their strong and inherited genetics, they are most often resistant to local pests, diseases, and extremes of weather. So we wouldn't take a GMO seed or a seed from Mexico or Hawaii and try to plant it in our farms in Nigeria. It doesn't make sense to us!


    Our farms are run very low tech. Low tech has it's benefits and fall backs. We can't pump out as much papaya seeds and leaves with these practices because everything is hand harvested. However, there is less pollutants, less processing, and no need for the use of chemicals in the farming process. There are very few Organic, non-gmo, heirloom farms for papaya and for that reason we are very unique and different. As we grow so will our farms and land but in the mean time we feel like growing slow is okay, it allows us to feel connected to the land and the community that helps us grow the papaya with heirloom seeds.


    Our farming practices are special to us and we feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful community. Heirloom seeds and heirloom farming are more than a practice, it's a way of life that is sustained. Here is a great article on Heirloom Agriculture: http://www.sustainabletable.org/1383/heritage-animal-breeds-and-heirloom-crop-varieties.


    Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. You can find her on Google+

  • The Papaya Tree or Herb?

    Is the papaya an herb or tree?

    According to most trusted sources it's a large "tree-like" plant or her but for sure not a "tree". It has a short life and is very fast growing. It's a woody herb much like lambs quarters. Except that it grows up to 10-12 feet!

    Did you know that in other countries papaya is known as something different? For example  Australia or Africa it's known as PaPaw or Paw Paw. In Brazil, closer to where the papaya came from, it's known as Mamao. Sometimes papaya is called TREE MELON.

    So is the papaya a tree or herb?

    We say HERB!


    Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. You can find her on Google+

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