What is Moringa Oil?
Moringa Oleifera (M. oleifera
) is a fast-growing tree that is found in a band of countries circling the globe! It is believed to have originated in India, and has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. The moringa tree is also widely found in Africa, China, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Central and South America. Moringa is a sustainable plant that grows fast, even in drought, and is a water purifier. It is also known as the “Miracle Tree”. All parts of the moringa tree, the pods, leaves, seeds, flowers and roots, are edible and are beneficial to the environment. Even the bark is used in traditional medicines. Moringa Oil is obtained from the seeds inside the drumstick-shaped pods that hang from its branches. The seeds are harvested when dry, and then shelled and cold-pressed into oil. Cold-pressing is done at lower temperatures, ensuring that the potency of all the moringa seed’s nutrients are preserved.
Why Should I Use Moringa Oil?
This prized oil has been recorded throughout history as a powerful medicinal plant. Ancient Romans and Greeks extracted the oil from the seeds and used in perfumes, skin ointments and lotions, and the Egyptians used this precious oil to make skin protectants against the brutal heat and sun of their desert climate. Today, moringa oil is highly valued for skincare products and cosmetics, and exceeds the benefits of olive and argan oils for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, as well as its potency of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. It assists in rebuilding collagen in the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and gives the skin a supple, firm, glowing look! All skin types will benefit from the use of moringa oil, even for people with acne-prone skin and dermatitis! This lightweight oil does not clog pores that cause pimples and blackheads to form, while reducing inflammation and nutrition to the skin. Moringa oil is also effective for relieving cuts, burns, rashes and insect bites. Moringa oil is ideal for treating conditions of the hair and scalp. It’s high levels of oleic acid, as well as Vitamins C & E, promote circulation and is anti-inflammatory to the scalp, relieving conditions like dandruff, strengthening the hair follicle and assisting in hair growth, strength and improved condition. As a hair oil, it softens hair, moisturizes and protects against the harsh effects of the environment. Moringa oil can be used along, or in combination with a carrier oil, such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil when used as a hair application. Besides its effectiveness on skin and hair, Moringa oil is a powerhouse of nutrients that supercharges your overall wellness. It is known for detoxing the body, boosting the immune system, boosting energy and stamina, lowering blood sugar and lipids in the blood, enhancing sexual performance, balancing hormones, increasing breast milk production, and slowing the aging process. Moringa can be taken daily as a nutritional superfood. It can be added to almost any food, even shaken over your food before eating, just like you would shake salt and pepper. Here are other ways to add moringa powder or oil to your diet:
- Blend in smoothies, shakes and juices
- Add to hot water as a morning tea
- Mix with salad dressings and sauces
- Add to guacamole, salsa or pesto
- Add to stir-fry dishes, stews and soups
How Do I Select a High Quality Moringa Oil?
When choosing Moringa oil, there are many factors to consider.
Where is the Moringa tree grown? Look for single-origin farming, virgin nutrient-dense soil regions that are away from pollution or harmful chemicals
How is the moringa oil sourced?: Look for hand-harvested or wildcrafted seed pods for maximum potency and premium quality, sustainably sourced and Fair Choice/Fair Trade.
Is the Moringa oil organic?: Your Moringa Oil should be non-GMO, and should be USDA certified organic.
Is the Moringa oil free of solvents and additives?: Your moringa oil should be free of solvents and additives, and should be processed in an FDA-registered facility
Is the Moringa oil fresh?: Your Moringa oil should be moved quickly through the harvest-to-customer process for peak freshness and potency
When you do your research, be aware of who you are dealing with! Take a look at the company information. What do you know about their mission and core values? Do you feel valued as a customer? Do you have access to assistance when you are choosing your supplements or have questions? Do you have a no-questions-asked full guarantee on their products? The answers to these questions will do a lot to tell you if the company wants you to have the very best Moringa oil, and the very best customer experience! Here are just a few recipes found on Pinterest for ways to use Moringa Oil:
Moringa Morning Green Smoothie
- ½ cup green leaves, from Kale, Swiss Chard or other favorite green
- 1 cucumber, cut in chunks
- 1 apple, cubed
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ½ inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon moringa oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice
Add all to blender, and blend thoroughly until smooth. Makes 2 12-oz servings
- 1 large, ripe avocado- Remove pulp from inside and mash with a fork
- ½ lime, juiced
- ½ small red onion, chopped fine
- 1 small tomato, chopped fine
- Black Pepper
- ½ to 1 tsp Moringa oil
Combine avocado, onion and tomato, and mix thoroughly. Add Moringa oil Add lime juice Add salt and pepper to taste Mix together to blend well
You can even used Moringa as a face mask! Here’s how!
Moringa Face Mask
- 1 tsp. warm water
- ¼ tsp. raw honey
- ¼ tsp. moringa oil
- 5 ½ tsp. white kaolin clay (available at Amazon, Bulk Apothecary, or Mountain Rose Herbs, to name few)
Measure the water, honey and moringa oil into a small dish. Add kaolin clay one tsp at a time until you have a thick, creamy paste. Spread the mask over your face and let dry for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse off. This mask will brighten, refresh and revitalize your face!
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