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Hang twigs of papaya wood over a door to keep out evil.

Eat papaya with a loved one to intensify your love.

Mix papaya leaves with mandrake and burn or use in the bath to reverse hexes and jinxes.


The fruit is used as a laxative.

The leaves are diuretic. They are applied externally to boils, ulcers and abscesses.

The seed contains the alkaline asiminine, which is emetic and narcotic.

They have been powdered and applied to hair to kill lice.

The bark is a bitter tonic. It contains the alkaline analobine, which is used medicinally.