Moringa: ‘The Miracle Tree’

Moringa: ‘The Miracle Tree’

Taken from the Royal Gazette By Frances Eddy


Moringa has more than common nutritional and medicinal benefits

Moringa! It sounds like a Latin measured movement but it is a health-giving tree popping up in sudden spaces: solitary at a front house, bordering a pristine lawn, sidewalk next to al fresco dining, and in conversations, unruffled among the mildly health conscious. Moringa powders, pastes and teas be in possession of been spotted at local health commons stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and most recently at the reopened Farmers Market.

I would decide Moringa has arrived.

It is a extremely nutritious tropical/subtropical plant dubbed “The Miracle Tree” as of its extraordinary nutritional and healing benefits. Fortunately it can grow year go ~ in our climate and has the potential for locally made products and improving topical health.

Moringa oleifera is a inadequate tree with delicate leaves resembling those of Poinciana that has the condition of super food exceeding the likes of King Kale. Every duty of the plant can be eaten: foliage, stem, bark, root, flower, seedpod and seeds. It is esteemed worldwide since an energy booster, treatment for 300 diseases, malnutrition, and many other uses.

Dr Monica Marcu, pharmacology researcher and writer of the definitive book on Moringa entitled Miracle Tree writes: “It is the ~ly nutrient-rich plant yet discovered providing a abundant and rare combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, anti-ageing, and anti-inflammatory properties.”

Nutrient Comparisons

The chart underneath compares the nutrient values of 100 grams of more common foods with fresh and dried moringa foliage. Note that dried leaf values are significantly higher than novel leaves. It takes seven pounds of new leaves to make one pound of dried make thorough in the elements leaves.

Are the claims legitimate?

Moringa has been used as medicine and food in traditional cultures by results observed for centuries but many people like scientific verification. I intimate reading the Trees for Life Journal, an open-access online publication of traditionary and scientific studies of beneficial trees and plants. Its drift is to bridge traditional and according to principles worlds.

Growing Moringa

Moringa can exist grown in pots or in the earth started from seeds or cuttings. The seeds can be planted soon after they bring to maturity and are viable for one year. If planting absolutely in the ground, dig a hovel one foot deep, mix in each organic fertiliser, plant the seeds three cantonments of an inch to one twelfth part of a foot deep and water thoroughly. Germination takes human being or two weeks. For cuttings, application finger-thick lengths a foot or more long, and bury a third of it in a male potting mix to root.

I elevate plants grown in pots one lower extremity or more before transplanting in the base. Plant one foot apart for hedges and a small in number feet for larger trees. Periodically cut the branches back to half concerning easy harvesting, to encourage new expansion and flower/seed production, and a bushier tree. My sum of ~ units trees survived Fay and Gonzalo hurricanes and are very lately lush with new leaves.

Is Moringa invasive?

Introductions should ever be closely observed for signs of invasive tendencies. Elsewhere seeds typically remain close to the tree from which they have fallen unless they are deliberately collected and planted; this reduces the likelihood of them spreading far from their first copy planting location.

How to eat and by what mode much?

Moringa leaves are enjoyed eaten damp alone, in salads, or added to endless drinks and cooked dishes. Fresh foliage are best as they have a admirable concentration of chlorophyll that heals ~ means of rejuvenating the body at the cellular level, strengthening the immune system and naturally purifying the body of toxins. However, it takes 10 ages more fresh leaves as dried every day which can cause diarrhoea and gentle stomach upsets from the detoxifying goods, so don’t go overboard. The dried ~ion is more potent and easier to appraise. One teaspoon to one tablespoon by means of day of the powder is usually recommended for a healthy adult taken with food, starting with the smaller substance.

Drying and powdering

To dry Moringa I town sprigs on a cookie sheet in my conductor-lit gas oven overnight. A piquant water heater, the sun, or a dehydrator in like manner works. Once dried, slide the foliage off the stems into a blender and comminute by attrition to a fine powder. It keeps in a tightly closed tiff without refrigeration for months.


The internet Drug Index as far as concerns prescription drugs, Rxlist, states that Moringa leaves, fruit and seeds are safe at the time consumed with food but to eschew the roots and it extracts. Moringa is not a re-establishment for a healthy diet with disagreeing fruits and vegetables. More is not unavoidably better.

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