Moringa seeds are large and circular-shaped, and grow within the pods of the Moringa Oleifera tree. The pods can reach over a foot long and contain over a dozen seeds. These seeds have their own wings so the wind can carry them to fertile ground far away from the parent plant.
Fresh Moringa seeds are generally soft, and as they dry out, they harden until they resemble a dried bean or pea.
Seeds could be harvested for oil production in which case they are immediately processed. If cold-pressed they produce as much as 40 percent oil by weight. If not utilized for oil, they can be used as food. They are also full of nutrients. Moringa seeds can be steamed or boiled, either in the pod or shell, just like peas or green beans. Another way would be to season, roast and use them as a treats. Roasted they have a pleasant “nutty” taste.
The seed cake, which remains after the oil has been extracted, or seed powder are both effective flocculent (coagulant) to purify cloudy or dirty water. When added to dirty water and stirred, seeds pull together floating particles (dirt, other solids, and some germs and worms), and when the water settles, the particles sink to the bottom. Note: Moringa seeds must not be used as the only method of treating water since it does not make water completely germ free. Next thing would be to filter water through fine cloth or solar disinfection; chlorine should never be used because of its chemical reaction with Moringa seeds.
Moringa seeds medical uses:
· Moringa seeds are used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to help remedy arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, sexually transmitted diseases and boils. The seeds are roasted, pounded, combined with coconut oil and applied to the problem area. Seed oil can be used for the same ailments.
Roasted seeds and oil can encourage urination.
They can also be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
Moringa seeds are effective against skin-infecting bacteria – Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. They contain the potent antibiotic and fungicide terygospermin.
The seeds are employed against fevers.
In Aruba, the seeds are crushed and made into paste that is put on to warts.
It is also used to treat skin disease.
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