What is Moringa?
MORINGA OLEIFERA – Common names include moringa, drumstick tree, horseradish tree, and ben oil tree or benzolive tree. It is used as vegetables, for traditional herbal medicine, and for water purification.
We have this tall tree in our yard and it seems like it doesn’t stop producing seeds and leaves. The tree has been the attraction of so many people in our parish and they are excited and eager to ask for some.
We do welcome anybody and everybody who wants it and even told them to just come and get what they need and want.
It doesn’t stop to amaze me how this tree just gives off so many branches and leaves even though it was damaged by the hurricane or blown away by hard rain and strong wind many times.
It is actually growing so wild that we have to cut down some of it many times but you know what? It still grows at an impressive speed that it just spreads all around the yard.
We actually tell people to just come and just take some and tell their families and friends to come too and get their share. They are all thrilled that they can do that and even provide bags for them to put in.
When people came time and time again, they were all surprised to see that this tree had not stopped growing more and more fully and productively.
The Law of Sowing and Reaping
“When you always give. it always comes back to you.” That’s the Law. “The Law of Sowing and Reaping”
This means that, “whatever you hand out it comes back to you and it comes back to you multifold.”
This Law of Sowing and Reaping doesn’t only apply to people. It does apply to everything else just like our Moringa Tree.
When you spare you only have enough for one and when you share you have enough for the multitudes. Remember that.
That is why I am so grateful that we have our own tree in our yard so we all can have quick access to it whenever we need it or want it.
Almost all parts of moringa are edible.
- 25 times more iron than spinach
- 17 times more calcium than milk
- 0,75 times Vit. C than oranges
- 4 times more protein than eggs
- 15 times more potassium than bananas
- 10 times more Vit. A than carrots
Traditional Medicinal Uses of Moringa
Because of the traditional medicinal uses of Moringa, it is now called, ‘The Miracle Tree.’ Rightly so because it has almost all of the necessary traditional medicinal benefits one can use and benefit from.
- Hydrates your Body
- Reduces Wrinkles/Age Lines
- Stimulates Hair Growth
- Improves Digestion
- Enhances Skin Health
- Eliminate Constipation
- Increase Energy and Endurance
- Improves Wound Healing
- Vision Improvement
- Appetite Suppressant thus helps with weight loss
- Normalizes Blood Pressure
- Normalizes Blood Sugar
- Strengthens Immune System
- Increased Mental Clarity
- Helps with UTI
- Used as an Aphrodisiac and Promoter of Libido
- Cleansing agent for our body
- Helps with losing weight by burning the fat
- Nutrition for Infants 6 Months and Older and Pregnant and Nursing Mothers
- Immature seed pods, called “drumsticks
The immature seed pods, called “drumsticks”, are commonly consumed in South Asia. They are prepared by parboiling and cooked in a curry until soft.
The seed pods/fruits, even when cooked by boiling, remain particularly high in vitamin C and are also a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
What I do with mine is that I just boil it and eat the seeds. That’s how simple it is. Others baked it and still, others mixed it in salads.
Whatever works for you and you like how it tastes just go for it.
Moringa Leaf Powder
When the hurricane hit our country, a lot of the branches of our Moringa tree broke off and the branches and leaves were just scattered all over the place.
So my neighbor and I gathered a lot and actually she called some of her friends to come by and get some. They did and I was so grateful for that so that they would not go to waste.
If you are not prepared to do work, I am not suggesting you do this because it takes up too much time.
- First, you have to dry the leaves in a paper bag.
- Then once they are dried shred them from the branches and you will find a lot of needles with the branches and you also have to pick them out unless you want to mix them too with the leaves. I didn’t.
- Then get a rolling paper and a rolling pin and place the number of leaves you want into the rolling paper to make into powder
- Store them in the glass bowl container or glass bottle in the fridge and they will actually stay there for a while depending on your consumption.
My Own Recipe
What I do with mine, I blend the leaves with the rest of my vegetables that I drink. You can actually drink blended moringa anytime and there is no limit as it is natural food. You can also mix ice if you wanted to do that.
There is something I highly suggest to you and this is applicable to any mixture of drinks you are making and drinking.
Always make sure you have at least three kinds of vegetables or three kinds of fruits or any type of food mixed together that you are blending with to drink.
The reason being is that any one of those vegetables or fruit drinks that you are making might have a negative side effect on you.
If it did, the other vegetables or fruits will counteract the negative side effect on your body.
It is for your own protection and please do use common sense here. If you are new to this vegetable or this mixture and you have a certain physical ailment, please do consult your physician.
Though it is a natural food, I don’t think for a moment that it will harm you. Just in case.
You can also mix your moringa drink with honey, juice, protein powder, or juice as you like it.
When we were young, we used to have moringa leaves with our food and we mixed the leaves with either fish, chicken, pork, or beef and we boiled them and seasoned them. They certainly made your food tasted well.
You might be saying that this is too much work and I quite agree with you. That is why I just boiled the leaves and drink them with herb tea and garlic or ginger or lemon, depending on your preference.
I would even use it for cooking my rice or any dish that requires water. Instead of using just plain water, I use boiled moringa water with chicken, fish, or beef. You even get all the nutrients from the moringa water too.
Some would tell you not to boil the moringa leaf as it loses the nutrients. My own common sense opinion is that as long as while you are boiling it, you cover the pan and leave it sealed while boiling it and that will keep the nutrients inside the pot.
Moringa Flowers – Health Benefits
You can also dry the flowers and store them for making tea just like the leaves These flowers are an excellent source of nectar for bees.
Moringa flowers have also health benefits. Flowers are a great source of calcium, potassium, and amino acids.
Many people drink moringa flower tea for boosting immunity to prevent and treat cold.
Flowers buds and flowers are used for making vegetable recipes and consumed as vegetables. You can make your own recipes to eat moringa flower
- Flower juice improves the quality and flow of the mother’s milk when breastfeeding and acts as a nutritional supplement for nursing mothers.
- Flower juice is useful for urinary problems as it encourages urination because of its nutrition and anti-oxidant properties.
- Tea of flowers is used to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold thus boost the immunity of the body.
- Reduces the blood sugar level thus helps with diabetic people.
- Helps in treating sexual disorders. For many years, especially in the East, Moringa flowers have been used for treating sexual disorders by boosting up sexual desires in both males and females.
Moringa For Weight Loss
Moringa leaves are considered beneficial for people trying to lose weight. Different studies conducted on animals show that moringa can decrease fat formation in the body and improve fat breakdown.
Moringa leaves also contain anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial when weight loss is your ultimate goal.
Drink at least one-8 ounce glass of moringa tea leaves every day. Give this tea at least three to four weeks to get good results though I have known some people who did this only for seven days and they actually lost 3-4 lbs.
In one 8-week study in 41 obese people on an identical diet and exercise regime, those taking 900 mg of a supplement containing moringa, turmeric, and curry lost 10.6 pounds (4.6 kg) compared to only 4 pounds (1.8 kg) in the placebo group.
If you were breastfeeding, I highly suggest consulting your obstetrician for further clarification.
Have you had any moringa in your diet?
How did you consume it?
What is your experience with it?
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