Did you know that Moringa traces its roots way back to the ancient times when it was used as a dietary tonic? People call this the drumstick tree in India mainly because of its long seed pods, which look like a drumstick. Some also call Moringa a ‘miracle tree’ or ‘horseradish tree.’
While Moringa has been a popular natural medicine globally, it’s tree is native to northwestern India to the southern foothills of the Himalayas.
Medicinal Qualities of Moringa
- Moringa has a sharp, strong bitter taste.
- It is light to digest.
- Moringa aids digestion.
- It is highly potent.
What are the Chemicals Found in Moringa?
- The roots have Moringin or alkaloids, Volatile oil, and an antibiotic element called Pterygospermin.
- You can get a pure, stable oil upon seed extraction.
- 10 – 20 ml for herb extracts
- 1 – 3 grams for moringa seed powder
Several parts of Moringa are helpful for medicinal purposes. This includes its root and stem barks, flowers, leaves, seeds, fruits and oil. You can also make use of Moringa as a home remedy. See the list below on how-
Use the juice from Moringa’s root, then add jaggery to the extract. Mix it well and put a drop in each nostril.
Take one whole drumstick and slice it into smaller pieces. To extract its juice, boil it with 16 parts which will reduce it to a quarter of original quantity. Consume during the night before a meal.
Use moringa leaves for this one. Prepare a decoction and consume 60 ml two times a day.
Grind together 100 grams of moringa bark, five grams of Asafoetida, and 4-20 grams of ginger. Make 1 gram tablets using the mixture. Have one tablet at least 2-3 times a day.
You need to turn moringa leaves into a paste and apply it over the swollen part of the eyes.
Use moringa roots and make a decoction. Then, you can use it for gargling.
Grind the moringa root into a paste and apply it externally to relieve pain and swelling.
Moringa is also beneficial when you have conjunctivitis, anorexia, bronchial asthma, acne, and blackheads. At the same time, the soup from the drumstick pod treats diseases of the spleen, liver, and pancreas, to name a few.
However, when you are pregnant and after delivery, you can only consume moringa fruit. Other parts of the tree are not advisable.
How to Use the Moringa Powder?
You can readily consume Moringa powder. A 3-5 gram dosage is ideal for a healthy person, once or twice a day before a meal. You can have it boiled by preparing two cups of water and wait until it reduces to half a cup to consume.
Are There Side Effects of Moringa?
Considering the extreme burning sensation that Moringa brings, those with gastritis must be careful when consuming it. As much as Moringa relieves menstrual cramps, it also increases bleeding. This is why people with bleeding diseases must avoid consuming Moringa.