What is Moringa?
Moringa..sounds like a Latin dance or a cocktail, doesn't it?
It's a tree that is native to parts of Africa and Asia, and is entirely edible. It may actually be the key to ending malnutrition in many parts of the world. Normally, I'm quite skeptical if I hear the word "miracle" next to anything, but if what I've discovered about this tree is true, it may just be a miracle after all.
Moringa oleifera, known popularly as drumstick tree (due to its long pods) is an herbaceous plant grown for its nutritious greens, flowers, and mineral-rich pods. The name is derived from the Tamil word Murungai. It is a well-recognized member in the Moringaceae family of trees and is thought to have originated in the sub-Himalayan ranges of India. Moringa stenopetala, commonly known as cabbage tree, is its African cousin, which has its origins in Ethiopia.
Moringa oil, or Ben oil, is obtained by pressing the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree. It has nourishing and emollient properties, giving it benefits for use in skin and hair care products. It is rich in vitamins A and C and contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which help heal minor skin conditions quickly (such as cuts, bruises, burns, insect bites, rashes and scrapes). Moringa oil is among the most sought after oils to produce skin care products and cosmetics because of its various antioxidants and skin rejuvenating qualities. These antioxidants do wonders to prevent aging. Its use can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who placed vases filled with moringa oil inside their tombs.
As a supplement, it is recommended that you start by taking ½ teaspoon of Moringa everyday for about 3 days or for one week in order to get the body accustomed to it and to minimize strong detoxification effects. After this, gradually increase daily intake to the recommended amount. Add the appropriate amount to water, juice, smoothies, milk or milk alternatives, shake, blend, and enjoy. In pure water, Moringa will settle to the bottom, so remember to shake before drinking.