What is Moringa?

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MORINGA TREE

The Moringa plant grows in warm, tropical areas with little water. It is called the "miracle tree" for a reason. Moringa should be the only vitamin, minerals and amino acids that you will ever need. Moringa tree or plant is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, however, it is now also cultivated in various countries across Asia, South America, Africa and in the Caribbean and/or tropics. It is a fast growing tree widely appreciated for its high nutritional value believed to be the highest of any plant in the world. The fact that it’s highly nutritious and it’s able to grow in relatively dry conditions has been the focus of several countries. Countries are formulating their development strategies around this amazing plant. Want to grow your own Moringa tree? Get seeds here.

MORINGA SEEDS

Moringa plant has many nutritious and medicinal uses from the leaves, bark, flowers, pods, seeds, and root. Along with the highly nutritious leaves, the seeds can be utilized which are found in the long, drumstick-like pods. The Moringa seeds can be eaten raw, tasting bitter at first and turning sweeter as one chews and has a range of nutritional benefits of its own and are ascribed strong detoxifying properties. The seeds can be used to clean polluted water simply by letting the seeds sit in the water. The seed cake remaining after oil extraction is used as a fertilizer and also to purify well water and to remove salt from seawater.

The seeds are very popular due to the high-quality Moringa oil (ben-oil) which can be gained by pressing them. This oil is completely without a smell of its own. It will congeal and change color in cooler weather. This means you have good unprocessed oil with a 4-5 year shelf life! These properties used to be highly valued in the production of perfumes and for the greasing of fine machinery, such as mechanical watches, but it has now been mostly replaced by artificial alternatives. Ben-oil has, however, been rediscovered for new uses. It is very popular as a hypo-allergenic skin and hair care product, as well as massage oil, due to its many vitamins (including vitamin E) and antioxidants.

The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans. The seeds are removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The Moringa leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment. Moringa contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it helps protect cells from damage. Moringa oil is used for inflammation, psoriasis, eczema and shingles.

MORINGA HEALTH BENEFITS

Benefits of Moringa are extensive. Many conditions, to name a few, are improved and resolved including “tired blood” (anemia), arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism), asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders, and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. It can also reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production. Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It is also used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds. Oil from Moringa seeds is used in foods, perfume, hair care products, and as a machine lubricant.

Some people use it as a nutritional supplement as Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world. Since it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, Moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition.

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