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Moringa Uses

 

The healing properties of Moringa are documented by ancient cultures. Moringa possesses exceptional oxidative stability which may explain why the Egyptians placed vases of moringa oil in their tombs.

 

Moringa can be consumed in a variety of ways.....

 

Moringa Recipes

 

Uses and Recipes:

Moringa powder can be used as a daily dietary supplement; as an ingredient in soups, sauces, breads, or desserts, or as a deeply nourishing tea.

 

Initially, it is recommended that you start by taking teaspoon of Moringa everyday for about 3 days or for one week in order to get the body accustomed to it and to minimize strong detoxification effects. After this, gradually increase daily intake to the recommended amount.

 

If taking as a supplement, add the appropriate amount to water, juice, smoothies, milk or milk alternatives, shake, blend, and enjoy. In pure water, Moringa will settle on standing, so remember to shake before drinking.

 

When cooking with Moringa add to recipes in which you would typically use spinach or other green vegetables. In India, people add Moringa leaves to curries and soups. In African countries like Senegal, Moringa is traditionally added to make sauces and stews. We suggest experimenting with and adding the powder to your favorite foods.

 

Moringa Tea or Coffee

Do you have a coffee maker? Just substitute moringa powder for the coffee. Use one tsp of moringa for every cup of water. Spoon it in the coffee filter just like you would coffee. This is a delicious green tea that goes well with snacks, meals or by itself.  Add some lemon peel and a little honey for a stimulating nutritious beverage.

 

Moringa Powder

The powder can be used to make traditional sauces as done in Africa. Powder is also a powerful addition to those blended drinks and shakes that have become popular for health conscious people in the United States and elsewhere. Powder can also be added to soups and vegetable dishes to provide additional sources of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

 

Moringa Leaf Sauce

This recipe comes courtesy of Lowell Fuglie, the director of operations for the Church World Service’s hunger relief organization in Senegal, Africa. He is a world authority on the cultivation and use of Moringa. This recipe is based on a traditional Senegalese Moringa leaf sauce called Mboum.

 

5 Tablespoons of Moringa leaf powder

1 pound of smoked or dried fish, meat or chicken

cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons of oil, (vegetable, olive, canola or palm oil)

1 Medium onion - chopped

1 quart of water

Salt and pepper to taste

Red pepper or pepper flakes to taste

 

Add peanut butter and water and bring to a boil. Add the fish or meat and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat.  Add oil and chopped onion. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add salt and pepper and red pepper to taste. Serve over rice or couscous.

 

Moringa Juice

Add a spoonful or more of Moringa leaf powder to a liter of water. Add sugar or honey to taste. Stir together.

 

Moringa Doughnut

Mix two cups of wheat flour or any type of flour that you choose, one or two spoonfuls of Moringa, add water until dough is formed. Roll dough in shape of a doughnut and then fry.

 

Moringa - can be used on a regular basis; one or two spoonfuls of powder can be added to sauces, rice or soups just before serving. About a spoonful of Moringa powder can be added to yogurt.

 

Moringa Peanut (groundnut) Porridge

Millet flour

Groundnut (peanut) meal

(use 3 parts millet flour to 1 part peanut meal

Lemon juice

Milk, rice, soy (fresh milk, powdered or condensed)

Mix the peanut meal with water until a uniform paste is achieved. Put paste into a pot of boiling water (amount of water depends on whether you want a liquid or semi-liquid porridge). Cover and boil for 15 minutes.

Mix millet flour with water until a uniform paste is achieved. Slowly add this mix to the pot stirring constantly. Cover and boil for 15-20 minutes.

Add lemon and Moringa leaf power towards the end of the cooking process. Remove pot from fire and allow to cool then add milk (or whatever you use instead of milk). Add sugar, honey or maple syrup.

 

Maize (Corn) & Moringa Porridge

60 g. maize meal

10 g. roasted peanut meal

5 gms of sugar or honey

Moringa leaf powder

 

Morina Soup Recipe

 

1 medium sized chicken, cut in convenient sizes.

2 cloves garlic crushed

1/2 onion medium size

1 cup fresh corn from a cob

5 cups water

4 tbsp. cooking oil

1/2 cup moringa leaves, washed and sorted

2-3 tbsp. patis or soy sauce

 

1.  Heat cooking oil in saucepan, Saute' garlic, onion, corn and the chicken.

2.   Add patis or soy sauce.  Cover and simmer over medium heat.

3.  Add water and cook until chicken is tender.

4.  Add moringa leaves, cover and cooked for 2 minutes longer.

 

Moringa Cosmetic Value

Moringa oil is a non-drying nutty flavored oil with a pale yellow consistency. It has tremendous cosmetic value and is used in body and hair care as a moisturizer and skin conditioner. Moringa oil, as olive oil is useful in lifting dirt out of the hair and is an efficient natural cleanser. By simply wetting the hair, massaging the oil into the scalp and rinsing can effectively clean and moisturize the scalp.


Moringa oil blends easily with essential oils and this combined with its non-drying quality and its ease of dispensability on the skin makes it perfect massage oil. Other uses include soap making and for use in cosmetic preparations such as lip balm and cremes.

The Moringa tree is referred to as the "miracle tree" because of its wide array of uses. All parts of the tree are used for their pharmacological and nutritional properties. It is high in oleic acid and similar in composition to olive oil. Moringa oil is light and spreads easily on the skin. It is a good oil for use in massage and aromatherapy applications. Use moringa oil in creams, lotions, balms, scrubs, body oils, and hair care formulations.

 

You can enhance your hair pomade by adding a teaspoon of Moringa and just stir.

 

I suggest adding Moringa to a chemical free hair pomade like hemp hair pomade. It makes a beautiful Green hair product and soothes the head.

Moringa oleifera oil, Moringa Seed Oil

Moringa oil is widely used as a carrier oil in cosmetic preparations. It has a high antioxidant property and is considered to be the most stable available in nature.  Moringa oil is also excellent for cosmetics and other skin treatments as a carrier oil for essential oils. Moringa is used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions in India, the Philippines.

 

Moringa for Healthy Hair

The overall condition of our body is reflected by the appearance of our hair. If the body is healthy and well-nourished our hair will be nappy and healthy. If there are any health problems or nutritional deficiencies the hair may show damage or breakage.  Daily intake of vitamins and minerals play an enormous role in keeping our hair healthy and kinky. Certain vitamins, minerals and amino-acids are vital to the metabolic pathways involved in keratin protein (hair) metabolism.

It is noted that Moringa leaves obtained from Moringa oleifera tree, as a supplement provide 17 times the calcium in milk, 15 times the potassium in banana, 4 times the Vitamin A in carrot, 25 times the iron in spinach and half time the Vitamin C content in orange. The nutrients present in Moringa are of high biological value as it is easily absorbed by the body compare to synthetic supplements.

Hair growth requires optimal delivery of oxygen and nutrients from the circulatory system to the hair follicle. Vitamin A is a key component for developing healthy cells, tissues in the body, and reducing hair loss. Additionally it works with silica and zinc to prevent drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands, which are vital to producing sebum. Vitamin A deficiencies commonly cause thickening of the scalp, dry hair, and dandruff. Moringa with its high vitamin A content helps in the hair growth and maintenance. Zinc stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function. Zinc deficiency will result in atrophy of the hair follicles as there is a marked impairment of DNA and protein synthesis where zinc influences the confirmation of nucleic acids.

Hair loss occurs when the diet is inadequate in the B vitamins - especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that stimulates the scalp by increasing blood circulation. An increase in blood circulation makes more nutrients available to the hair follicles so they can grow stronger and healthier hair. Vitamin C aids in improving scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles. Moringa contains these nutrients needed for the healthy hair.

Moringa has Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. The list of Minerals present in Moringa is abundant and few of the main minerals include Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Zinc. Research has shown that in our hurry up world of fast foods and extremely stressful work schedules we have developed extraordinarily poor eating habits. This extremely poor diet affects our general health and energy levels and makes our fingernails weaker and our hair thinner and far less healthy.

Moringa contains 90+ nutrients and 46 antioxidants. It contains almost all the necessary vitamin, micro and macro minerals for the cell function. Moringa capsules are made using the pure Moringa Leaf Powder.

 


"Our pathway must be up through the soil,
up through swamps,
up through forests,
up through streams and rocks,
up through commerce, education, and religion!
In my opinion, we cannot begin at the top to build a house.  
If we try to do this, we shall reap in the end the fruits of our folly".

Booker T. Washington

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