The Moringa tree is another of the many medicinal plants I grew up with in Nigeria.
As a child, I did not know its name or indeed its potential value, I was simply fascinated by the giant pods of the Moringa tree. When dried and hardened in the hot tropical sunshine, these pods made the perfect rattles for noisy games.
For many who use Moringa powder as part of their daily dose of health supplements, It is the”cure all” for all diseases. From its bark to the pods and leaves, every bit of this plant is good for you.
Moringa has recently been linked to the natural treatment of diabetes. See https://www.themoringa.com/articles/moringa-oleifera-treatment-diabetes
Products used everyday across the world include: Moringa oil, capsules of dried powder, body creams and ointments.
Native to the Himalayas and now grown practically everywhere in the world the common English names for the Moringa tree include: Drumstick Tree, Horse Radish tree, Benoil tree and simply Moringa.
In Nigeria it is called:
Zogale, Bagagruwa Maka in Hausa
Ewe Igbale, ewe ile, adagba maloye, igi agunmaniye in Yoruba
Okwe oyibo, odudu oyibo, okochi egbun in Igbo
MORINGA LEAF- 7 MEDICINAL USES
1. Fresh Moringa leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches.
2. Poultice of fresh Moringa leaves can be used to stem bleeding from shallow cuts.It produces an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect when applied to wounds or insect bites.
3. Extracts of Moringa leaf can be used against bacterial or fungal skin infections.
4 Moringa powder is high in Iron so used for “tired blood” and anaemia.
5. Dried Moringa leaf tea is used treat diarrhoea.
6. Moringa is also used to increase sex drive as a natural aphrodisiac.
6. Moringa leaves contain a lot of vitamins and minerals when dried.
The immature green pods (drumsticks)are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds can be removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts.The leaves are rich in iron and can be cooked like spinach. Dried leaf powder is used as a seasoning- a bit like dried thyme.
AN EXTRA SOURCE OF INCOME
Clearly, Moringa Oleifera is a remarkable plant. There is a financial incentive for people looking into farming as a viable option.
Springing up all around Nigeria is an industry; a growing community of young entrepreneurs, researchers and farmers tapping into Moringa farming.
The clip below is inspiring. It tells a story of a great opportunity to be part of the swelling industry around the Moringa plant. Yes, It requires an investment of passion, time and resources. However, the benefits to humanity of this “tree of life” are substantial.