Many plants and trees are beneficial to mankind, but few are as giving as the Moringa oleifera tree. Moringa trees have a list of medicinal, nutritive, and practical uses that are second to none.
The Moringa tree thrives in arid conditions in Asia and Africa, where it’s known by a variety of names, including clarifier tree, drumstick tree, and horseradish tree. Thanks to its growing popularity, it is formally cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Living up to its nickname as a ‘Miracle Tree’, Moringa is the basis for many health and nutrition programs funded by various charitable organizations. Experts agree that a Moringa tree contains over 90 bio nutrients, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, all 8 essential amino acids, and minerals, to help in the battle against malnutrition and aid in overcoming a number of illnesses, disabilities, and diseases.
All parts of the tree can be used – the pods are edible and also yield around 40% of oil, known also as Moringa Oil or Ben Oil. This clear, odorless, long-lasting oil can be used in cooking, and also as a moisturizer, a hair conditioner, and in cosmetics and medicines.
The leaves, sold also as powdered leaves, can be eaten as greens or added to soups and curries.
Even the bark, branch shoots, seed cake, wood, and flowers are used in household activities, or fed to livestock, ensuring there is absolutely no wastage.
Here are some of the amazing nutritional benefits to consuming Moringa. In a pound for pound comparison to other food sources, it contains:
- 7 times the vitamin C found in oranges
- 4 times the calcium found in milk, and twice the protein
- 4 times the vitamin A found in carrots
- Thrice the potassium found in bananas
- Thrice the iron found in almonds
It has been found to help aid in over 300 ailments, including in promoting mental clarity, concentration, focus, digestion, muscle growth, sleep deprivation, and sleep apnea. It can be used to boost the immune system and may prove beneficial to those suffering from cancers, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can be used by children, nursing mothers, and the elderly.
In other cultures, the phrase used to identify the Moringa tree translates as the Tree of Life. This term may have a religious connotation for some, but in truth, cultures worldwide share this symbolism as a meaning for life, growth, and change. Simply put, it is known as the Tree of Life because its many gifts are life-giving.
Buying Moringa Trees
Information about the Moringa tree is becoming more readily available as it continues to grow in popularity. This is evident by web sites offering Moringa trees for sale in the USA, where it is a non-native plant. Before you purchase one, remember it is a tropical plant and will need to be kept indoors.
Moringa trees grow rapidly – almost as fast as bamboo - and need to be pruned weekly. In addition to purchasing saplings, you can also start your own tree by planting Seeds, which will germinate and grow rapidly for you to enjoy.
There are very few species of plant on earth that deserve the name of a Miracle Tree, but the Moringa Tree is certainly one of them. Rapid growth, powerful nutrition, skin vitality, water purification, and many other significant uses places it at the top of the world’s trees of life list.
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