Have you heard of Moringa oil? I know I hadn’t until my guest Dr. Jim Ken, contacted me with useful information about another medicinal and edible plant. Though it’s not native to our country (native to the Himalayan Mountain region), all parts of the tree are used, including seeds, roots, bark, and leaves.
Dr. Jim Ken: Moringa’s amazing nutritional and health benefits have been understood and used for thousands of years in India and many other countries. The uses of the Moringa tree are so broad that it still amazes me, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Basically, every part of the tree can be used and is beneficial – even crushed seeds can be used to purify water. This overview guide will give you a broad understanding of the multitude of benefits that are available from this “miracle tree.”
What is Moringa?
Nutritional Profile of Moringa
What are the top benefits of Moringa?
Where to go for more information
What Is Moringa?
Where Found: Moringa (moringa oleifera) is a plant or really a tree that likes a hot climate and originates from subtropical parts of the world like India or the Philippines. In fact, it is the second-fastest-growing plant only behind bamboo – it can grow 4-5 feet per year. So from seed, you can have a developed tree within a few years. Moringa has also been grown with some success in warmer parts of the United States like California, but it cannot survive freezing temperatures. Fortunately, Moringa is available in a wide range of teas, oils, and supplements, which are great ways to add it to your daily routine without having to grow a tree!
Moringa’s Nutritional Properties
Parts Used: Moringa’s status as a superfood is well deserved. The flowers, seed pods, and leaves of the plant are all edible and can be cooked and consumed in a variety of ways. The leaves, in particular, are very beneficial and include vitamins A, B, and C, potassium, and calcium, as well as a range of other beneficial compounds.
The number of different nutrients contained in the Moringa plant is vast. Studies have also shown that even in powder or oil form, large quantities of the natural nutrients are retained. The plant’s nutritional benefits are almost as good as consuming a fresh leaf or a moringa pod. In fact, powders, in particular, have even higher contractions of beneficial nutrients on a weight basis over the natural tree, due to the concentration effect in drying. There are many supplements and forms created from Moringa’s parts, so it’s easy to include Moringa into your daily routine.
Moringa has long been used in traditional medicine in many countries and especially in the Hindu system of Ayurveda (meaning knowledge of life.) Moringa has been an important part of Ayurvedic natural remedies for hundreds of conditions and some of the more notable ones being
- Treatment of blood pressure
- Treat diarrhea
- Anti-inflammatory treatment
Moreover, remedies based on Moringa are also found helpful for relieving headaches and treating diabetes.
Moringa Oil For Your Skin And Other Uses
Moringa oil comes from the seeds of Moringa Tree. These seeds are extremely rich in phytonutrients and can create radiant skin as it’s easily absorbed. It is really quite popular in the skin and beauty industry with many high-end spas – now adding Moringa to their treatment programs. Plus, more mainstream manufacturers have started to include it in their products.
But the oil also has a far wider range of uses and benefits than just beauty products.
Other ways you can use moringa oil include
- Moringa oil also contains “sterols,” which have been proven to reduce the bad type of cholesterol in our blood. [REF:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6163911 ]
- Cooking oil. Moringa oil is high in protein and oleic acid, which is monounsaturated, healthy fat. The oil also has a reasonably high smoke point, which makes it great for all types of cooking and baking.
- Skin cleanser. Moringa oil, as mentioned, has oleic acid, and this also makes a great skin cleanser.
- Natural Anti-inflammatory agent. Moringa oil contains many bioactive compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Also, it is great for the treatment and prevention of stretch marks on the skin.
- One of the most well-known uses is as a face mask, which allows the skin time to absorb all of the goodness contained in the plant. A great simple mask recipe is to take some honey and add a little moringa oil to it – warming it very slightly. Relax in a bath while your skin soaks up all the moringa benefits.
So in conclusion, there is a wide range of uses for Moringa oil and the many nutrients it contains which support the repair and renewal of human cells, making it an ideal ingredient not just for your overall health, but also for your appearance.
If you want more information on Moringa Powder, Oils, or just want to understand Moringa in more detail, visit www.dailydetoxhacks.com– where they have more than 20 in-depth articles covering a wide range of moringa benefits.
Dr. Jim Ken, Co-Founder www.dailydetoxhacks.com
Thank you, Dr.Jim Ken, for sharing useful herbal information. I always enjoy learning about another plant that offers many benefits. I wonder if they can grow Moringa in the south here on the east coast? If anyone has any information about growing this tree here on the east coast, we would enjoy hearing from you. And, all comments are appreciated.