The Moringa Oleifera is often referred to as the “Miracle Tree” or the “Tree of Life”. It is a miraculous tree in so many ways, it is fast growing, native to Africa and Asia, but can be found around the globe. It is tolerant of light frosts and survives in temperature well over 100F. Virtually all parts of this miracle Moringa Tree is edible. It can thrive in semi-arid to tropical areas and is an important source of vital nutrients for poor villages throughout the world.
The Moringa Tree offers an abundance of vitamins and nutrients, such as Calcium, Vitamin A, B, & C, Iron, as well as Protein, Potassium and 47 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories and 18 amino acids, including the 8 essentials that our bodies need to survive but cannot manufacture ourselves (must be supplied through diet).
The leaves of the Moringa Oleifera Tree are the most nutritious part of the tree and have no proven side effects. The leaves have 7 times the Vitamin C of an orange, 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots and calcium of milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas, the Vitamin E of spinach, the iron of almonds and 2 times the protein of yogurt.
The flower can be cooked down and taste of mushrooms. The juice is useful for treating urinary problems and is a natural laxative and common cold remedy. The seeds can be eaten like peas or roasted like nuts, or ground into powder for the treatment of various skin problems. Their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties are also used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramps and STD’s and boils. After the oil is extracted the seed cake care be used as fertilizer or a flocculent to purify water. Seed cake purifies water by killing 90% of the bacteria and by removing metals making it drinkable. The oil extracted from the seed can be used to treat bladder, prostate and stomach disorders.
The roots and bark are used to relieve lower back and kidney pain, for cardiac and circulatory problems and can be eaten like condiments (much like horseradish) or as a tonic or tea for inflammation and digestion. It also increases and nourishes breast milk production.
The Moringa Tree is also a great windbreak and helps reduce soil erosion because it is fast growing and drought resistant. The tree will flower within the first 6 months of planting. It will be full leaf at the end of a dry season when most other foods are typically scarce.