Moringa oleifera, also known as “the tree of life” is a native Indian tree, which grows mostly in the tropical and subtropical regions.Sometimes referredas “horseradish tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “miracle tree,” Moringa has an incredible amount of nutrients packed in it, including proteins, calcium, vitamins, potassium, and others.
Experts suggest that it would do wonders if Moringa trees are grown in areas affected by nutritional deficiency and malnutrition. Africa, India, South Asia, and many other countries have successfully used Moringa treesto boost their nutritional intake. Moringa trees require less water to grow, which is why it’s widely used in areas affected by water scarcity.
Moringa, apart from being a tree which is highly nutritional tree, serves in various different purposes as well. Every part of Moringa tree, starting from the roots to the leaves have their own importance and usefulness.
Here are some ways how the Moringa Oleifera is used in different parts of the world:
Food source to fight malnutrition
Moringa is used as an important food source in various parts of the world. Almost every part of Moringa tree is edible by both humans and animals. Moringa is used in various feeding programs to fight malnutrition because it can be grown easily in any climatic condition. The green pods (drumsticks) are served as delicacies in many parts of South Asia and Africa.
The leaves of the plant are nutritious and rich in vitamin C. They are rich in calcium, iron, vitamin A, potassium, and other essential amino acids that your body requires. Research indicates that Moringa trees contain more than 40 powerful antioxidants that protect your body from the deleterious effects of free radicals.
Medicine and Ayurveda properties to heal almost any illness
Moringa has been found to have antibiotic, hypotensive, antitrypanosomal, antiulcer, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory,hypoglycemic, and hypocholesterolemic properties. It’s effective in preventing cancer and provides relief from gastric ulcers, skin tumor, muscle cramps, kidney stones, diabetes, and many other diseases.
Moringa is used in Ayurveda for many years;it’s commonly used as detoxifiers and tonics. It’sbelieved to purify and nourish the blood and muscle tissue. The juice extracts from its barks and the leaves act as natural analgesic, which is very useful to relieve pain. Moringa paste is widely used to get rid of headaches as well.
Water purification for healthy and clean water
Studies have shown that using simple equipment, Moringa seeds can be used to purify water. Many villages have adapted to this technique and have developed processes using Moringa barks and seeds to clean water sources. It’s found that using Moringa not only removes solid contaminants, but also gets rid of harmful bacteria present in most water body.
Oil and fertilizer
Moringa tree’s seeds and leaves are a great source of producing oil which is used in foods, perfume, hair care products, machine lubricant, and others. The remaining residue acts as a great natural fertilizer after the oil is completely extracted from Moringa’s leaves and seeds. It’s also useful to repel pests and insects.
Moringa oleifera is a tree loaded with incredible qualities that can be used in various medicinal and general purposes, which is why it is rightly regarded as the “miracle tree.”