Moringa oleifera is popularly known in a good many countries as a “miracle plant” because of its nutritional and medical properties. Moringa oleifera is the most cultivated plant from Moringaceae family. Primarily it grows in tropical, subtropical and semi-arid climate. It has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries.
This plant is overflowing with vitamins A, B, C, D, E and minerals including potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, and magnesium. Moringa leaves are full of essential amino acids which are not commonly present in plants, and it is extremely rich in proteins. It is a good source of good cholesterol which is recognized to protect against cardiovascular diseases. It is recognized as a stimulant for milk production for breastfeeding mothers. Moringa leaves can be dried at low temperature and made into powder using a mortar and pestle.
Moringa leaves are completely safe for human consumption. They have no toxic elements or side effects. These leaves are usually utilized to make Moringa tea. It is rich in flavonoids – antioxidants important for the fight against free radicals that are cause all sorts of problems in the human body. The tea is also used to manage blood glucose level, stabilize high blood pressure, promote a good night’s sleep, and as an energy booster. In contrast to coffee, tea and energy drinks, Moringa tea does not contain caffeine.
Traditional medicine techniques used Moringa leaves to help remedy gastrointestinal problems, headache, inflammation, anaemia, fever, eye infection, bronchitis, poor nutrition, inner ear infection, skin infection (topical use).
Fresh Moringa leaves could be cooked like spinach or any other green leaves or they could be used raw as a salad green mixture. Dry leaves could be sprinkled on any food to enhance nutritional value.
Moringa roots contain concentrated phytochemical compounds that are found throughout the entire plant, and can provide therapeutic benefits for many conditions. Whenever using roots, caution should be exercised because of the high concentration of some elements, and in some cases it can contain paralyzing agents called spirochin that can be dangerous for sensitive individuals or if taken in large quantities.
In traditional medicinal practises, Moringa roots were used to control disorders of circulatory system, to stimulate appetite, and improve function of the digestive tract (a good choice for individuals with gastric upset and Irritable Bowel Syndrome). They were also used to treat sexual dysfunction, female reproductive tract issues, arthritis, as a diuretic and natural antiseptic for topical use.
Modern medicine has determined that Moringa roots contain elements that can help with ovarian cancer, kidney stones (helps body to flush calcium and phosphates from kidneys more efficiently, which can improve overall kidney function), inflammations (reduce swelling), help people who take pain medication to have longer and less interrupted sleep.
Roots can be used for culinary purpose too. Sauce made from Moringa roots is similar to horseradish sauce and is used as a spice that can also serve medical purposes.
Moringa oleifera seeds are edible in both fresh and dry forms. They could be utilized as a food and medical remedies. The seeds are especially prized for their medical properties. Research shows that they provide relief for many medical conditions, among them rheumatism, gout, sexually transmitted diseases, urinary infections, and even epilepsy. Modern day medicine uses it to cure fungal infection due to a presence of natural antibiotic, and anaemia because of the high iron content.
Moringa seeds powder is used to purify water. After the oil is cold-pressed, what is left can be successfully used to eliminate dirt particles and harmful bacteria from dirty river water and make it safe for drinking. This method is much safer and healthier than using aluminum sulfate and other chemicals traditionally used to purify drinking water.
It also has its place in agriculture, to supplement animal feed and as a fertilizer for the soil. Due to its rich content of natural oil, it is viewed as a potential biofuel material as well.
From the seeds comes Moringa oil with exceptional cooking properties due to its oxidative stability and light, pleasant taste. Due to its light texture, this oil is popular for body massage and in aroma therapy. It also has some healing properties for skin allergies, irritations, wounds, blemishes, and stretch marks. Moringa oil contains 4 times more collagen than carrot oil. In modern times it has found its place in soaps, shampoos, perfumes, and other skin treatment products.
Moringa oleifera flowers are creamy white with yellow stems. It blooms from April to September. It is edible, mixed into salads or fried in butter and eaten as a snack. Another way is to make delicious tea.
In traditional medicine these flowers are brewed into a very strong tea or pressed into juice to remedy urinary infection, cold symptoms, as a supplement for breast-feeding women to increase the milk flow, to support weight reduction because it contains strong diuretic, and also strengthens the liver function. Flowers are believed to be helpful for impotence, lack of sexual desire, and other sexual dysfunctions.
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