Some benefits of papaya leaf tea include cancer prevention and immune system modulation, protection against stomach ulcer and aid in digestion, according to Livestrong.com. Every part of the papaya plant has medicinal value: fruit, leaves and roots. Papayas are rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins C, A, E, and folate.
In vitro scientific research showed that papaya leaf tea may be effective against several cancers such as breast, cervical, lung and pancreatic, reports HealthyEatingSFGate.com. Scientists attribute its anticancer properties to its ability to stimulate the immune system. The tea is also non-toxic to human cells, making it a safe naturopathic treatment. Researchers also found papaya leaf tea effective in preventing gastric ulcers in rat studies. They think this is due to the tea's strong antioxidant stiimulatory effect especially in red blood cells. The tea also increased the activity of glutathione peroxidase in the body, preventing damage from free radicals.
Livestrong.com offers instructions on how to dry papaya leaves for tea. One gathers about six moisture-free papaya leaves and ties them together with a string. The leaves can be air-dried in a dark, cool dry place or oven-dried for faster results at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Care should be taken that the leaves turn out dry and crisp, but not burnt.