Everything you should know about the Moringa tree

A small introduction to Moringa

Popularly called the “Miracle Tree”, people had first described the Moringa plant as an herb with medicinal uses some uncountable years ago. By that, we mean 2000 BC by the way! Really, really long ago, isn’t it?

It is native to Northern India and is widely known as the ‘drumstick tree’ as well. Talking about names, it has a few others including ‘horseradish tree’, ‘benzoil tree’ and ‘ben oil tree’ added to its list. One interesting thing to know here is, the Moringa is also called ‘Nebedaye’, which according to many African languages mean ‘never die’.

moringa leaves

The Moringa Oleifera belongs to the genus ‘Moringa’ and it grows at the drop of a hat. Well, we mean it is fast growing! It is also resistant to drought. How amazing is that? You will mostly find these trees in the North-Western part of India in the Himalayas’ southern foothills. It is also abundantly cultivated in the tropical, subtropical places and semi-arid climatic regions where the leaves and young seedpods of Moringa are popular as veggies!

What are the benefits of Moringa ?

Moringa is nutritious, keeps you healthy and makes you look more beautiful! You would love to know that Moringa has such surprising benefits on your health, body, skin and hair. Read about them here!

Your bowel movements will improve

The Moringa oil and fiber acts as a detoxifier for your body by flushing out toxins and wastes from your body smoothly while allowing your system to absorb the nutrients from the meals that you consume. Your bowel movements will no more be a worry for you.

Your skin will glow

Now, who doesn’t want his/her skin to look youthful forever? It is just not the celebs, right? Moringa can help you achieve a younger looking and glowing skin in no time. It is loaded with antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids that keep your skin hydrated, moisturized and reduces skin inflammation while keeping the signs of ageing at bay. It makes your skin soft and supple and improves your immune system as well.

You will feel more energized

How many of you knew that one serving of Moringa contains three times the iron that spinach has? Whoa! Wondering why Popeye didn’t have Moringa instead! Jokes apart, you should know that Moringa has iron in abundance, which is necessary to enrich your blood that carries life, oxygen and energy to every part of your body including tissues, organs and muscles. Switch from caffeinated sugary drinks to Moringa tea! The former does nothing to boost your energy level though they are remarketed as energy drinks. Go natural instead!

You will experience beautiful hair, nails and healthy scalp

Moringa is rich in essential amino acids which reverse the condition of your dry and frizzy hair and brittle nails as well. The plant contains Vitamins C and E that improve blood circulation in the scalp, which makes the hair follicles stronger and healthier that finally give you beautiful and lustrous locks.

You will notice an improvement in vision

Moringa contains a high amount of beta-carotene and Vitamin A that works to improve your vision and boosts the health of your eyes. Why would you want to hide your beautiful eyes behind those spectacles? Take care of your eyes!

Moringa has several uses

Can be used as a stimulator for the growth of plants

Containing growth-enhancing properties, Moringa leaves’ extract accelerates better yield of crops. With its usage in farming, the other plants are able to keep away from diseases and pests as well. After the oil extraction, Moringa seed cakes can be used as fertilizers for crops also.

An ingredient in cosmetics

Moringa extracts are extensively used in the making of ointments, oils, creams and moisturizers that have beautifying effects on your body.

Food for farm animals

Moringa leaves have exceptional nutritional value and have proved to be beneficial as feed for cattle both nutritionally and economically. It not only makes the meat quality better but also improves their milk production.

Purifies water

The extracts of Moringa contain Anti-cyanobacterial qualities that have been popular primitively for its water filtration system.

The Moringa seeds have flocculating and coagulant effects on the microorganisms and clay existing in the water that finally helps in removing the harmful algae and pollutants from water. This is a great way to purify and treat water naturally in comparison to the use of industrial coagulants like alumina. Used as a lubricant: Well, Moringa seed oil is less prone to becoming rancid, and therefore it can be used as an effective lubricant for fine apparatuses such as watches.

Some diseases that the Moringa trees help to keep at an arm’s length. The Moringa plants are highly nutritious and contain a lot of medicinal value as we have already mentioned before. Its flowers and leaves contain pterygospermin, which acts as a natural antibiotic, fungicide and antiseptic at the same time. Moringa helps in treating the following diseases/conditions:

  • Chest congestion
  • Headaches
  • Cholera
  • Sore throat
  • High blood pressure or Cholesterol
  • Conjunctivitis (an eye infection)
  • Bronchitis
  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Ear infection

How do you eat Moringa?

You’d be pleased to know that almost all the parts of the Moringa tree are edible. By that, we mean the leaves, fruits, barks and roots too. While the leaves can be added to salads and soups and sauces can be prepared out of it, the seedpods can be used in preparing various dishes. You can consume the seeds raw or toast it to have it as a healthy snack.

Moringa nutritives values - 100g

Calories 205 (unités)
protein 27.1
lipids 2.3
carbohydrates 38.5
fiber 19.2
calcium 2.003
iron 0.02
potassium 1.3
magnesium 0.36
sulfur 0.87
zinc 0.003
Ocalic acid 1.6
soufre 0.87

The drumstick oil that is cold-pressed is known for its shelf life and is used for cooking purposes. Vegetarians prefer the Moringa leaves more owing to its high protein content. It also has histidine, arginine and amino acids that help to fight malnutrition and are exceptionally good for newborn babies and infants.

Do not forget to consume the seeds, leaves or any other part of the Moringa tree in moderate levels.

Do not overdo it. Did you know? In Ancient Egypt, the residents treasured and valued Moringa oil, because it protected their skin against the harsh weather prevailing in the desert. Years later, the Greeks found that Moringa has innumerable health benefits, and they introduced it to the Romans as well.

Have you tried Moringa Oleifera yet? What are you waiting for? Let us know the positive changes that you experience after using it!

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