Saturday, September 14, 2013

Moringa: The Miracle Tree

As I was pondering my next blog post topic, a good friend mentioned a magazine article he had just read, which described the amazing properties of a tree called "Moringa". I had already heard about its skin-care benefits, but had no idea what other secrets it held. Here's what I found out...  

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.

The word is out...

Biochemists, natural scientists, and healthcare workers are busy substantiating ancient claims of Moringa’s effectiveness in treating more than 300 conditions. Their research has led to the documentation of its astonishing range of natural vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitaminsvitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotenevitamin Kmanganese and protein, among other essential nutrients.


  Moringa Oil

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.

Uses of Moringa powder, fresh leaves and pods:

Moringa powder can be used as a daily dietary supplement; as an ingredient in soups, sauces, breads, or desserts, or as a nourishing tea. If you don't have access to the fresh leaves, there are numerous herbal product companies which sell organic moringa powder and dried leaves.

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.

Culinary Uses 

When cooking with Moringa, add to recipes in which you would typically use spinach or other  green vegetables. In India, people add Moringa leaves to curries and soups. In African countries like Senegal, Moringa is traditionally added to make sauces and stews. I suggest experimenting with and adding the powder to your favorite foods. In India and Southeast Asia, the seed pods are boiled in stews and curry dishes, and have an appearance similar to okra.

Moringa Tea or Coffee
Do you have a coffee maker? Just substitute moringa powder for the coffee. Use one tsp of moringa for every cup of water. Spoon it in the coffee filter just like you would coffee. This is a delicious green tea that goes well with snacks, meals or by itself.  Add some lemon peel and a little honey for a stimulating nutritious beverage.

Recommended Viewing:

                                    Moringa Tree Documentary (10 minutes)


  1. “It may actually be the key to ending malnutrition in many parts of the world.” - It is! And not only that, it might also be key to anyone's health and wellness. Moringa is the best supplement for a healthy and balanced diet.

  2. Wonderful post beautifully written about our darling Moringa and its rich benefits... I must confess that I have fallen in love with Moringa.
    I eat it, drink it, rub it(Moringa oil), etc.

  3. A very useful post. All the points are explained clearly & understandable. Great source of information about the largest manufacturers, wholesale suppliers & exporters of premium quality Moringa products such as Moringa tablets, Moringa oil & oleifera capsules. Thanks for this article.

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