Our forefathers have relied on herbs and plants for treatments of different illnesses. They recognized the many health and medicinal benefits that they can get from herbs and plants.
Among these thousands of herbs and plants, they have discovered Moringa (Moringa oleifera).
Today, it is usually called “miracle tree,” or “ben oil tree,” “horseradish tree,” or “drumstick tree.” If you have a plant in your backyard, it is like discovering a gold mine right outside your house.
Moringa comes from the family of shrubs and trees with so many uses and benefits. Its roots, leaves, and even its immature pods can be considered as vegetables. All parts of this miracle tree such as its pods, leaves, seeds, barks, roots, tubers, nuts, and even its flowers are edible.
The leaves are used fresh or dried and ground into powder. The seed pods are harvested while they are still green and are eaten fresh or cooked (my father used to take 3 of these green pods each morning to calm his high blood pressure attacks). Moringa seed oil is sweet, non-sticking, non-drying and prevents rancidity. The cake from seeds is used to purify drinking water. Since seeds are edible, they can be eaten green, or roasted, or its powdered form, and then steeped for curries and tea.
Moringa plants are a useful crop in Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and Sudan. They are also grown in the West, East. and South Africa, in Tropical Asia, in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and in Florida. It also thrives in the Himalayan foothills but is cultivated across the tropics. There are nine species in eastern Ethiopia, in northern Kenya, and Somalia. Eight species are also prevalent in Africa.
What is so special in the Moringa plant?
Most parts of the Moringa plant has health benefits. Since our forefathers time, its bark, leaves, fruit, roots, and seeds are used for medicinal and health purposes.
The plant has more than 90 nutrients, where almost 50 compounds have strong antioxidant properties. There are more than 30 compounds contain anti-inflammatory benefits. This plant is believed to treat more than 300 illnesses. It is considered today as one of the most nutritious herbs on earth.
People today have discovered to use Moringa plant in most skin care and health products. Let us review some of its very useful benefits.
Moringa oil is an essential oil extracted from the seeds of the Moringa plant. When seeds are pressed, a pale yellow, fixed or non-drying oil comes out. It has special nutrient properties. It is rich in vitamin C, B-vitamins, high level of monounsaturated fats, and some saturated fats as well. Moringa oil contains oleic acid, also known as Omega-9, and 5 to 10% of behenic acid – a saturated fat, also called docosanoic acid. Behenic oil is also tagged as “ben oil.”
Individuals who are suffering from high blood pressure, high toxicity, poor sleeping habits, arthritis, gout, gastrointestinal problems, and skin problems like dry skin. Eczema, psoriasis, premature aging, wrinkles, and more may find relief from moringa oil.
The oil extracted from Moringa leaves contains skin purifying and antiseptic properties. It is used to treat a minor cut, bruises, and scrapes. Both Moringa leaf extract and oil helps in treating acne, removes impurities from your skin, and rejuvenates the skin.
Homemade Moringa Mask for Treating Acne
There are several ways of making your own facial mask at home. StyleCraze shares their Moringa mask recipe: Grind a handful of Moringa leaves with some amount of water to produce a smooth paste. Apply this paste as a face mask and leave it on your skin for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with water.
There are other recipes using moringa in making a homemade facial mask, and even cleanser.
Our final notes,
Moringa provides us with great skin nutrients. It is rich in proteins, vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, and phenolics. Its oil claims to help clear acne-prone skin promotes skin firmness and elasticity, minimizes pore size, and stimulates skin radiance when applied topically. However, plants and herbs bring out their best benefits when they are mixed with just a liquid and swallowed.
Moringa helps with the healing of the wounds because it contains antifungal and antibacterial properties. It also helps with skin hydration.
We hope that you find this information about Moringa very helpful in finding the right skin care products for healthier and clearer skin!