Moringa is one of the things I added when healing my perioral dermatitis naturally.
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I was first introduced to Moringa in the summer of 2014.
From April – November, we go to our local Farmers’ Market every single Saturday. Opening day is like Christmas, closing day like a funeral. We love our daily Saturday ritual there because we know so many of the farmers now, and we love knowing where our food comes from.
I have a few favorite stands, and one of them is my predominantly Asian-cooking food stand. Whenever I see a green vegetable or herb I have not yet tried, I ask the girls about it. I then take it home, figure out how to cook it and report back to them. They were the first stand there to have Moringa, and at the time, it was kind of a secret herb. I’d hear people ask if they had any, and when they said, “Yes,” they also said, “we have only a few back here, and if you want one it will be $3.”
Back in the summer of 2014, I listened to that for a couple of weeks whileI admired the leafy, abundant green. I’d go home and do research (I had to Google it several times because when they say it, it sounds like, “Molinga,” which I called it for a very long time.)
It didn’t take long before I began thinking about how I needed Moringa in my life. Shortly after, I returned, bought a bunch of Moringa and I have never looked back.
What Is Moringa?
The Moringa Tree is,
often called the “the miracle tree” or the “tree of life.” In the Philippines, they call it a “mother’s best friend.” In Senegal, it’s the “never die tree.”
Every part of the Moringa Tree is edible. Its contains pods, leaves, seeds and roots.
A drought-resistant plant, it is highly sustainable. It “commonly tops 3 m — or even 5 m –within a year of the seed being placed in the ground. This tree is raised for food rather than forestry. And beyond edibles, it provides products that make village life more self-sufficient: lubricating oil, lamp oil, wood, paper, liquid fuel, skin treatments, and the means to help purify water, to name but a few.” (source)
According to Mercola Moringa is loaded with,
- 9 times the protein of yogurt
- 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
- 15 times the potassium of bananas
- 17 times the calcium of milk
- 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
- 25 times the iron of spinach
Moringa is Healing
Moringa offers many healing benefits, which is the prime reason I have incorporated it as often as possible. Here are some of them:
- treat inflammation
- treat infectious disorders
- aid in digestive functioning
- improve liver function
- enhance milk flow in nursing mothers
- reducing high blood pressure
- eliminating water weight
- lowering cholesterol
- help regulate thyroid function
What Do You Do With Moringa?
I enjoy sprinkling the leaves over most everything, but to get even more of a boost, I make my Moringa into a powder form (so that I can consume more). Here’s how I do it:
- I buy the Moringa leaves at the Farmers’ Market
- I bring them home and lay them out to dry in a cool area, as Moringa does not like to be hot. (You must make sure they don’t have any water on them or the moisture will get trapped while drying and mold.)
- They will dry out pretty well about 1.5-2 weeks later.
- Crunch the leaves of the stems, and place into a grinder.
- Grind into a powder.
- Store in a sealed glass jar.
- Sprinkle liberally over anything and everything.
I was slacking for a few months with my daily Moringa use, but I started up with full force again.
Moringa is not going anywhere. In fact, I think it’s going to become the “next big thing.”
Have you ever had it?
p.s. Moringa is a plant, but because of how I use it, I think of it like an herb. I’ve loved herbs and spices for a very long time. I use them in hundreds of ways. I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to them.