Moringa, Moringa oleifera
Moringa is a staple of life in many countries that we deem “third world”. It is used as a vegetable, a medicine, a source of oil, to purify water…. Moringa’s uses are many and varied. I like to think that if I were stranded on an island, the only two things I would really need are my moringa tree and a bucket to hold water.
Moringa leaves are a wonderful source of nutrition, providing all the essential amino acids we need, along with extremely high protein, vitamin and mineral levels. You could consume nothing but moringa leaves and water and be completely healthy. Bored with the diet, of course, but healthy.
Moringa seed pods can be eaten like regular green beans when young, as a kind of nut when more mature, and can be crushed to use as a water purifier when too old to germinate into a new plant.
Moringa flowers make a heavenly, slightly sweet tea when dried.
Moringa root can be dug, peeled, grated and mixed with vinegar to make a horseradish substitute. (There is some indication that consuming too much of the “horseradish” may be harmful)
Moringa seeds yield a high-quality oil that can be used for everything from lubricating delicate machinery to cooking.
Add to all that the fact that it provides a light, filtered shade for plants or people beneath its canopy.
I am not a doctor or any type of medical professional and this statement is strictly from personal experience:
Moringa leaves put my son’s Chrohn’s Disease into remission
Moringa leaves have relieved my own arthritis pain
Moringa leaf tea has relieved stomach ache and cramps
… and these are just a few of the many benefits my own family has seen from adding moringa to our diet.
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