Having a good understanding of the plants and herbs around us is very essential for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere as well as healthy body. The fact still remains that we oftentimes fail to acknowledge that the plants around us are God’s own pharmacy to us.
It is important to know why it is important to get acquainted with nature as well as the vital plants and herbs around us. To a larger extent, this will save us both the stress, time and cost of searching for expensive modes of treatment when we are surrounded by free gift of nature.
Whether this is your first time of hearing about moringa or not, you should know what this plant is, what it does and how it should be used, under what circumstances.
The Moringa tree is regarded as one of the world’s most vital trees as almost every part of the tree can be used either for medicinal or culinary purposes. Moringa is a flowering plant that belongs to the family of Moringaceae.
It is originally from Africa and Asia and the name is gotten from the term murungai or muringa. Moringa is known to contain at least 13 different species that ranges in size from small herbs to giant trees. The most popular specie is Moringa oleifera, which is originally from the foothills of the Himalayas in India before spreading to other parts of African countries. Also, another popular African specie is Moringa stenopetala. Ethanobotanical studies reveal that the moringa roots are bitter in nature and are highly beneficial to human race.
It is also known as the drumstick tree, moonga, horseradish tree, mlonge, benzolive tree, kelor, marango, mulangay, ben oil tree or sajna. Moringa is highly medicinal and nutritional thus several studies have been carried out supporting its nutritional and medicinal properties. The Philippines regards the moringa tree as a mother’s best companion due to its ability to boost lactating mother’s milk production.
Most part of the moringa tree is edible for both human beings and farm animals. The leaves are an excellent source of β -carotene, amino acids, vitamin C, carotenoids, protein, vitamin B, minerals, vitamin A, phenolics, calcium and potassium. Different parts of the moringa tree such as the bark, leaves, flowers, roots, seed, pods and fruits can be used for medicinal and culinary purposes. The moringa plant is highly valued for its leaves, barks, stems, fruits and high-protein seeds.
Moringa contains antihypertensive, diuretic, anti-tumor, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antidiabetic, anti-ulcer, emmenagogue, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, hepatoprotective, antifungal, carminative, antibacterial and cholesterol lowering properties thus the reasons why the plant is highly sought after.
AMAZING BENEFITS OF MORINGA
1. Cardiovascular Disease Treatment
Moringa contains a huge level of diuretic, lipid and blood pressure lowering properties that make the plant very useful for treating cardiovascular diseases. Almost every parts of the moringa plant such as the seeds, roots, bark, flowers, pods, gum and leaves can be used for treating cardiovascular diseases.
2. Antipyretic Properties
The moringa seeds are antipyretic in nature thus can be used for treating patients suffering from such ailments.
3. Culinary Purposes
The moringa seeds can be pressed into oil known as ben oil, eaten fresh as peas or roasted.
4. Water Coagulant
Dry moringa seeds can be crushed and pressed into cakes that contain polypeptides. These polypeptides can be used as natural coagulants for water treatment.
5. Animal Grazing
The tropical and subtropical part of world usually use moringa as forage for livestocks. Moreover, feeding cattles with high-protein moringa leaves helps to increase their weight gain and milk production.
6. Water Purification
The moringa seeds contain oil, which is high in oleic acid thus can be used for purifying water by settling out sediments and destroying unwanted organisms. Also most rural villagers in Sudan use the crude seeds extract for treating Nile water instead of alum due to their belief that alum is capable of causing Alzheimer’s and gastrointestinal diseases. The Moringa seeds can also serve as antiseptic for treating drinking water.
7. Erosion Control
Some parts of the world cultivate the moringa tree for reducing soil erosion and controlling windbreak.
8. Malnutrition Eradication
Moringa trees can be used to control malnutrition, especially nursing animals and infants.
9. Cough Treatment
Moringa leaves and barks can be infused and used for treating cough and cold.
10. Epilepsy Treatment
Moringa extracts can be used for treating patients suffering from epilepsy.
11. Wounds Treatment
Moringa is anti-bactericidal in nature thus can be used for treating infections and wounds.
Moringa can be used as an oil-seed feed-stock for bio-diesel. Advantageously, the bio-fuel produced from moringa does not have any direct competition with food, as it produces both food and bio-fuel feed-stock (seeds) independently. Moreover, its bio-diesel has improved oxidative stability than bio-diesel made from most other feed-stocks.
13. Diuretic Properties
The leaves, roots, flowers, seeds and gum of the moringa tree have been shown to contain diuretic properties, which are capable of reducing blood pressure in human beings.
14. Cholesterol Level Control
Moringa leaves extracts can be used for reducing blood cholesterol in human being and this is as a result of the presence of bioactive phytoconstituent such as sitosterol.
15. Antispasmodic Properties
Researchers reveal that the roots of moringa oleifera trees possess antispasmodic properties. This is a result of the presence of 4-[ α-[L-rhamnosyloxy] benzyl]-o-methyl thiocarbamate [trans], and the process of calcium channel blockade. Its antispasmodic ability makes the moringa bark effective for treating diarrhea.
16. Thyroid Hormone Regulation
The aqueous leaf extracts of moringa leaves possess antioxidant effect, thus can be used for regulating the thyroid hormone.
17. Nutritional Value
From time immemorial, moringa trees have been used to fight infants and nursing mothers malnutrition in the tropical and subtropical regions.
This post is for enlightenment purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional diagnostic and treatments. Remember to always consult your health care provider before making any health-related decisions or for counselling, guidance and treatment about a specific medical condition.
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