The Secret Wonders in our Gardens

This is the last part of this series. We have been looking at amazing benefits of common plants and herbs around us. In this part, we would be considering two other common but extremely useful plants. The Paw-paw plant and Moringa plant.image028The paw-paw tree apart from the production of paw-paw fruit which is highly beneficial, has extremely wonderful benefits embedded in its leaves, and stems. Paw-paw leaves are very useful when it comes to skin issues such as treatment of acne and eczema, open sores and wounds.

The leaf also contains many amino acids and vitamins used as anti-aging components, and also as an active component in many anti-dandruff shampoos and hair products.

Pawpaw leaves have highly concentrated cancer fighting components, very useful in treatment of cancer.

Pawpaw leaf extracts can be used in treating some viral infections such as cold. It is also used a form of anti-malarial treatment. It is most times washed with other herbs such as dongoyaro, scent leaf, bitter leaf and lemon grass, this extract can be used to fight malaria. Papaya extracts when boiled with orange slices can help also in burning fat.

Tea made of pawpaw leaves often known as papaya tea can be used in providing relief from menstrual cramps and from constipation. It acts as a very good laxative and can be used against indigestion problems when it is made into strong (concentrated) tea. The tea also helps improve appetite.


The other plant we would be considering is the Moringa plant. Moringa seeds have wonderful anti-oxidant benefits, catering for our overall health. It has the capacity to stop the growth and development of cancer cells and increase their death count. It has anti-inflammatory properties too that can curb inflammation and reduces soreness when applied to wounds, injuries and sores.


Extracts from the Moringa leaves can help fight skin fungal, bacterial infections. The vitamin A and Zinc component present in it is known to be very helpful in hair growth, it is also useful in treating eye and ear infections, and fever. Tea made from the Moringa leaves can be used to treat ulcers n diarrhea. Continuous and gentle rubbing of Moringa leaves against the temple can provide relief from headaches.

From what we have learnt in the previous two posts and also this post on common plants and their benefits, we can see that there are a lot of wonderful, hidden benefits in plants and I do think that they should be harnessed for treating of common ailments instead of always relying on medications.