WHY IS MORINGA CALLED “THE MIRACLE TREE”?
There is only one tree in the world that has been labelled as a “miracle tree” and it is none other than the Moringa tree (Moringa Oleifera). This is because all parts of the tree includings its leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark and root have highly valuable nutritional content and medicinal properties. Ayurveda sites over 300 diseases and disorders that can be cured by the moringa tree alone!
The Moringa tree is a small slender tree that grows up to 30 feet in height. It is native to India and is also found in other sub-Himalayan countries like Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Moringa is also found native in Africa, although it is now being cultivated around the world for its culinary and medicinal uses.
WHAT IS MORINGA LEAF POWDER?
In this hub, we are going to explore the benefits of moringa leaf powder in particular, as it is a popular superfood that is now gaining popularity in the health food world.
The moringa leaf is a bright green leaf that is paper thin and roundish in shape. The leaves grown on arched branches and form rich feathery foliage.
Fresh moringa leaves are gathered and eaten in food as part of soups or simply as a stir fry. It is used in much the same way as spinach leaves are. The leaves from cultivated trees are harvested from about 6 times a year, to every 2 weeks depending on the production system.
Moringa leaf paste is made by grinding the fresh moringa leaves to a thick pulp. This paste has many uses including topical application on skin to heal fungal and other infections. Natives use fresh moringa leaf paste to slather on babies’ scalps after shaving their hair to heal any cuts or prevent infections.
But for many of us around the world, we are not lucky enough to have access to moringa trees. This is why moringa leaf is now being sun-dried or freeze-dried in large quantities, bottled or encapsulated and finding its way onto the shelves of health food stores. Luckily, drying still keeps all the nutritional content of moringa leaves intact.
Did you know?
►Moringa is used to purify water to make it palatable for human consumption. During the extraction of moringa oil, the leftover moringa seed cake is used.
►Other common names of moringa are: drumstick, mulunggay, indian horseradish, murungai, dandalun, sahjan
►Moringa has been consumed for over 1000 years and no known adverse side effects or fatal ingredients have ever been recorded.
MORINGA POWDER INFO
How to store moringa powder
Store moringa powder at room temperature (24o) in an airtight container. Keep away from direct sunlight. Use a dry spoon to scoop the powder and do not allow liquids to contaminate it.
Only 2 capsules of moringa leaf supplement need to be taken per day. If you have the moringa leaf in powder form, you only need about ½ teaspoon of it to cater for your daily requirement.
How to eat moringa powder
Moringa leaf powder can easily be mixed into any soup, curry or even be taken mixed in warm water. I love having moringa leaf powder in mung bean soup and you can find the easy recipe here.
MORINGA LEAF POWDER USES & BENEFITS
- Energy Booster: Ready to replace your morning coffee and go totally caffeine free? Yes, it’s possible! Moringa has been shown to have incredible energy boosting qualities, providing us with an instant energy boost, sans the caffeine or sugar.
- For Stomach Health: Moringa protects the stomach lining and helps prevent and heal stomach ulcers.
- Improves Digestive Power: For those with weak digestion, moringa serves to boost the digestive ‘agni’ or digestive fire. It increases the efficiency of digestion, promoting easier absorption of nutrients and therefore improving general health. The fiber present in moringa also helps to prevent constipation.
- Lowers Blood Pressure: For patients with high blood pressure, moringa has been found to significantly reduce blood pressure levels. Even normal people can take moringa to balance blood pressure levels.
- For Mental Health: Moringa is known to improve the mood, fight depression and improve general mental well being. Feeling blue? All you may need is a serving of moringa to serve your brain with the nutrients it requires and to balance out any deficiencies. The leaves can also be rubbed on the temples and forehead for headache relief.
- Boosts Immunity: Moringa has shown to boost the immune system and to ward off common colds and infections. To fight a cold, simply make a paste of moringa powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and honey. Lick this paste once a day for relief.
- For Skin Conditions: A paste of moringa powder and water can be made and applied on the area of the skin, which has a rash, infection or any other similar problem. Let this paste sit on the skin until it dries up. It can then be washed off.
- Detoxification: Moringa has coagulating abilities which bind to harmful materials and toxins, and this gives them their unique water purification qualities. It is believed moringa works in a similar way in the human body, acting as a powerful detoxifying agent in the body.
- Rich in Anti-oxidants: Moringa leaf contains a power of anti-oxidants, which are known to fight rogue free radicals that cause cell damage. Anti-oxidants can prevent premature graying of hair, wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-oxidants play a crucial role in cancer prevention and organ and tissue damage as well.
- For lactating mothers: Breast feeding mothers are encouraged to take moringa in order to stimulate and boost breast milk supply. Moringa is also encouraged to be taken for ladies in pregnancy and post partum because of its high levels of iron, which can abate iron deficiency and cure anemia.
lavenderLove from Philippines on June 02, 2015:
voted up..I myself is a moringa lover..we call it here in the Philippines "malunggay"..we used its dried seeds for stomach pain..and the leaves we use it for soups...its very healthy..