Moringa oleifera is an incredibly healthy herb, native to South Asia, which has been traditionally used as a medicine for thousands of years. It is a rich source of antioxidants and offers various health benefits.
Both, its leaves, and fruits are edible and can significantly improve your health, as they are high in vitamins and minerals. Actually, only a cup of this fruit provides 157% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.Moreover, it contains the following nutrients:
- Vitamin B6- 19% daily needs
- vitamin B2 riboflavin- 11%
- iron- 11%
- Vitamin A-9%
- magnesium- 8%
- protein-2 g
The consumption of the raw plant provides the best effects, but you can also take supplements of the dried Moringa leaves.
These are the most important benefits of the consumption of this plant:
It regulates blood sugar
This herb can be of great help in the case of diabetes, as studies have shown that it can effectively regulate blood sugar levels. One study involved 30 women who received a daily dose of 7g Moringa leaf powder for 3 months, and it leveled their blood sugar by 13.5%.
The leaves and fruits of this herb cleanse the blood, and also treat all kinds of skin issues. If applied topically, it can treat pimples and acne, due to the powerful properties.
Prepare a natural juice of the roots of this plant, and jaggery, mixed in equal amounts, and soothe the terrible headaches.
Strengthens your bones
The consumption of this plant improves the density of bones, as it provides high amounts of iron and calcium. Moreover, it helps you boost your stamina and improve your overall health.
Improves your eyesight
This herb can effectively treat swellings of the eyes, as well as conjunctivitis. Grind the leaves and apply the paste on the eyes. Also, mix the juice with some honey and apply it as an eyeliner to treat corneal issues.
Moringa is high in antioxidants which prevent free radical damage and the development of cancer. Moreover, it is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, chlorogenic acid and quercetin.
Slows down the aging process
It is high in vitamin A which efficiently decelerates aging, boosts immunity, and improves the eyesight. Therefore, you should incorporate this amazing herb into your diet and enjoy its countless health benefits!
How to grow moringa
Step 1. Obtain some Moringa seeds from one of the many sources that sell them.
There are several varieties, but the seeds of Moringa oleifera and Moringa stenopetala are the easiest to obtain.
- For a fast-growing tree that will bear leaves, blossoms and seed pods the first year, choose Moringa Oleifera.
- If you want a fast-growing tree with much larger leaves, making the task of gathering them for a meal easier, opt for Moringa Stenopetala.
Step 2. Decide where you would like to grow your Moringa tree.
Keep in mind that Moringa trees can grow over 20 feet (6.1 m) tall, their first year. The average growth is about 15 feet (4.6 m), however, in optimum conditions, they can grow much taller. Because the branches will grow, on the average, to about three to four feet wide the first year, consider whether you want to plant your Moringa tree close to any existing structures. Moringas need much sunlight, warmth, and water, to thrive – so think about where your tree will obtain the best exposure to the sun.
Step 3. Get the best organic potting soil that you can find.
Moringa will grow in poor soil, sandy soil, and depleted soil, but they do not like their roots getting wet. Bear this in mind, and if necessary, purchase sand to add to the potting soil mixture, or use whatever soil is available in your area, and add coconut coir, peat moss or sand to loosen it. This gives the roots of the Moringa tree room to go deep, and drain well. Moringa has a taproot, which means a single root that goes straight down like a carrot. Make sure to plant where the taproot has lots of room to go down. If planting in a container, find the deepest one you can. Moringa can be grown as a solitary tree, in rows, or as a hedge.
Step 4. Make a hole in the soil, and plant the Moringa seeds about ¾” to 1″ deep, cover with soil, and tamp it into place.
Make a note of when you planted the seeds, so you can monitor their growth. Once you have covered the seeds, thoroughly water the soil. Whether you plant the seeds in pots, or right into the ground, they will need a thorough soaking every day, until you see the seedlings emerge from the soil. Once they have sprouted, they can be watered once every other day, until they are about 18 inches (45.7 cm) tall. Then, water them once a week.
- When grown in orchards, the tree is normally cut back every year or two (rationing) and allowed to re-grow to encourage vigorous leaf and pod production and so that the pods and leaves remain within arms’ reach.
- It is originally from sub tropical origin but when considering whether it will grow in your area or not; the most important consideration is that the tree can be killed by continuous frost and sub zero temperatures. There are ways of minimizing the effect of cold (e.g. mulching) but there are no guarantees.
- The Moringa Tree enjoys full sun. Initially the seedling must be protected from strong winds. In very hot areas water them daily (just make absolutely sure that the roots are not water-logged – i.e. the water must be able to drain away). If you decide to water it less just keep an eye on it; it will definitely tell you if it needs more water.