Moringaoleifera is one of the most popular species of the genus Moringa is widely cultivated. The drought-resistant and fast-growing tree is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas. You will find it cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical areas and its pods and leaves are eaten as vegetables. We find that moringa is used to boost food security and improve nutrition, especially in developing countries. It may be used as micronutrient liquid, forage for livestock and for its medicinal properties.
Moringa is a medicinal plant, well known for its healing properties and providing solutions for a wide-range of health issues. Carrying a high nutritional value, we find different parts of this plant offering different benefits and a rich source of beta-carotene, protein, vitamins, amino acids, etc. We also find a rare combination of kaempferol, zeatin, beta-sitosterol, quercetin and caffeoylquinic acid in the plant.
The Medicinal Properties of Moringa
The medicinal properties of Moringaoleifera are various and help with cholesterol lowering, antiepileptic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiulcer, circulatory stimulants, antifungal activities and a lot more. Therefore, it is no surprise to find the plant used extensively for treatment of different ailments.
Simple uses of Moringa
- Rub Moringa Leaves against the temple to get relief from headaches and stop bleeding from a shallow cut.
- Apply past of the leaves on insect bites and wound for anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Use the plant extracts for protection against fungal skin complaints and act as anti- bacterial.
- Eat Moringa food products to get a rich source of fiber and high protein and remain free of malnutrition.
- Moringa Leaves help cure gastric ulcers and diarrhea and as they carry high iron content, these are good for anemia.
- The seeds of the plant are ground into powder and used to treat scurvy skin diseases
- Roasted seeds of Moringa and its oil encourage urination
- Lactating mothers take its flower juice to improve the quality and flow of milk when breast feeding.
- Moringa flowers are boiled in water and taken as tea to fight cold and infections.
If Moringa pods are eaten raw, they act as a strong de-wormer and cure many liver and spleen problems.
- The high protein and fibre content of the pods help in fighting malnutrition and diarrhoea.
- Moringa seeds are roasted, pounded, mixed with coconut oil and used to treat arthritis, cramps, rheumatism, etc.
- Moringa seeds have also been found to be effective against skin-infecting bacteria and act as a strong antibiotic
- The roots and the bark of the plant are used for cardiac and circulatory problems.
- The bark of Moringa tree acts as an appetizer and digestive.
- Thus we find that every part of theMoringa plant and tree is most valuable and useful and find many uses for medical benefits and health purposes.