Moringa oleifera is popularly known in many countries as a “miracle plant” because of its nutritional and medical properties. Moringa oleifera is the most cultivated plant from Moringaceae family. Primarily it grows in tropical, subtropical and semi-arid climate.
This plant is overflowing with vitamins A, B, C, D, E and minerals including potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, and magnesium. Moringa leaves are rich in essential amino acids which are not commonly found in plants, and it is extremely rich in proteins. It is good source of good cholesterol which is known to protect against cardiovascular diseases. It is well known as a stimulant for milk production for breastfeeding mothers. Moringa leaves can be dried at low temperature and made into powder using a mortar and pestle.
It is packed with flavonoids – antioxidants necessary for the fight against free radicals that are causing all sorts of problems in the human body. The tea is also used to manage blood glucose level, stabilize high blood pressure, promote a good night sleep, and as an energy booster. In contrary to coffee, tea and energy drinks, Moringa tea does not contain caffeine.
Traditional medicine techniques used Moringa leaves to treat gastrointestinal problems, headache, inflammation, anemia, fiver, eye infection, bronchitis,poor nutrition, inner ear infection, skin infection (topical use). Fresh Moringa leaves could be cooked like spinach or any other green leaves, it could be used raw as a salad green mixture. Dry leaves could be sprinkled on any food to improve nutritional value. Moringa roots contain concentrated phytochemical compounds that are found throughout the rest of the plant, and can provide therapeutic benefits for many conditions. When using roots, caution should be exercised because of high concentrate of some elements, and sometimes it can contain paralyzing agents called spirochin that can be dangers for sensitive individuals or if taken in larger quantity.In traditional medicine, Moringa roots are used to control disorders of circulatory system, to stimulate appetite, and improve function of the digestive tract (useful for people with gastric upset and Irritable Bowel Syndrome). They were also used to treat sexual dysfunctions, female reproductive tract issues, arthritis, as a diuretic and natural antiseptic for topical use. Modern medicine determined based on excessive studies that Moringa roots contain elements that can help with ovarian cancer, kidney stones (helps body to flush calcium and phosphates from kidneys more efficiently, which can improve overall kidney function), inflammations (reduce swelling), help people who take pain medication to have longer and less interrupted sleep. Roots can be used for culinary purpose as well. Sauce made from Moringa roots is similar to horseradish sauce and is used as a spice that can also serve medical purposes.
In traditional medicine these flowers are brewed into a very strong tea or pressed into juice to treat urinary infection, cold symptoms, as a supplement for breast-feeding women to increase the milk flow, to support weight loss because it contain strong diuretic, and also strengthening the liver function. Flowers are considered to be useful for impotence, lack of sexual desire, and other sexual dysfuntions and Moringa flowers can be used to reduce swelings.
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