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What is Moringa?

moringa oleifera mature seed pods

Moringa Oleifera originates from the southern foothills of the Himalayas but is now grown predominantly in Africa, India and South East Asia. Known as the Miracle Tree because of it’s extraordinary range of medicinal and nutritional benefits, its usage can be traced back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt and to Indian Aryuvedic Medicine.

Considered one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet, it is loaded with health and beauty supporting vitamins, minerals and enzymes...the moringa tree is a true superfood.  All parts of the tree can be used including the edible leaves and young green pods, the roots and the mature seeds.  The edible leaves are unusually rich in protein, iron, calcium, the nine essential amino acids, and Vitamins A, B, and C, making it popular for supplements and tea.

moringa mature seeds in open pod

 

It is commonly referred to as 'Drum Stick Tree' for its long pods that contain the oil-bearing seeds. Due to the high levels of behenic acid in moringa oil, it has also earned the nicknames Ben Oil and Behen Oil. Rich in moisture as well as vitamins B and C, this oil is known to nourish, condition, and exfoliate the skin, thereby helping to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and to enhance the complexion’s radiance.

With a high amount of oleic acid, moringa oil penetrates very deep into the skin, bringing the necessary nutrients to the skin and helping it replenish.  Moringa's plant hormones called cytokinins, in particular zeatin, help to promote cell growth and delay damage of skin.

The oil contains 46 Antioxidants, 36 Anti-inflammatory compounds, Omega 3 fatty acids, 18 Amino acids (includes all 9 essential amino acids), Vitamins A, B, C, E & K, and Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus and Zinc.)

moringa oleifera trees