Moringa olerifera, the miracle medicinal tree, is native to the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in northern India and cultivated throughout the world. A truly remarkable medicinal tree that grows rapidly and is one of the worlds most nutritious crops because it incorporates an abundant supply of protein, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron into one plant. Not only is it nutritious but it has outstanding antioxidants and detoxifying properties including all essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. From a farmer’s perspective it’s an ideal solution for curbing malnutrition because every part of the tree can be used, including the bark, flowers, leaves and roots.
Moringa leaves used as a medicine has been found to alleviate many health complaints including HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and hormonal imbalances. The seeds can be pressed into an oil useful in the treatment of skin diseases as well as ailments of the stomach, bladder and prostate disorders. Seeds ground into a powder have been used for sexually transmitted diseases, arthritis, neuralgia, tumors and intestinal cleansing.
A tea made from the Moringa root has been shown to have benefits when used in treating heart disease, cancer, infertility, inflamation, epilepsy, gout, rheumatism, asthma, colds, flu, bronchitis, coughs, diarrhea, colic and colitis. Making a tea by combining the root and bark has been found to be useful in earaches and dental caries.
Another interesting note about the tree is that dirty or foul water can be purified by adding 5 tablespoons of the seed powder to 10 liters of contaminated water resulting in a 90-99% purification of harmful pathogens.