Moringa Leaf - MORINGA OLEIFERA
(Cut & Sifted) (Organically Grown) Available in 1 OZ, 1/4 LB, 1/2 LB, 1 LB.
Standardized: horseradish tree
Other: moringa, drumsticktree, West Indian ben, muringa (Tamil) 1 jacinto (Spanish)2 sahijan or munaga, (Hindi)3shigru or shobhanjana (Ayurvedic)
Moringa oleifera Lam.1
Plant Family: Moringaceae
Leaves, seeds for pressing oil.
Moringa is a tree that has been used for thousands of years in India for everything from food, to building materials, to medicine. This 'wonder tree' truly is wondrous in that each part of the tree is useful. The roots, stems, leaves, seed pods, resin and flowers are considered to be healing herbs in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian healing system) and Unani (traditional Middle Eastern healing system) folk medicine. In modern times, the leaves and seed pods are utilized extensively due to their nutrient content2,4,5 and modern studies are investigating their healing potential.12-19
CULTIVATION AND HARVESTING
Moringa is drought tolerant and thrives in semi-arid, tropical, and subtropical climates6 and is one of the most commonly cultivated food plants in the world.8 It is grown in India, Pakistan, Africa, the Philippines, and the Caribbean.8 Further, it is cultivated in various countries in Central and South America because it is easy to grow and has high market potential, therefore potentially providing an alternative to deforestation.9 It is also cultivated extensively in African countries to feed their own malnourished populations.10
The leaves are nutritive2,4,5 and spasmolytic18
USES AND PREPARATIONS
Dried leaf as an additive to foods to increase nutritional value, or as a tea or juice.
Seed for producing oil
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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