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For the love of Moringa

Moringa Nursery Kenya

 

What do you know about moringa?

A few years ago, an uncle introduced me to this wonder plant as he was fostering them from seedling to tree in the countryside.  The benefits sounded amazing - a multivitamin cure for many ailments and recommended daily tonic for boosting immunity.  Its praises reminded me of the neem tree - called Mwarobaine in Swahili - which I had been more familiar with and used in the past. 

After my visit (and bringing back some fresh moringa powder), I paid it no mind until I saw a major hair line boasting of moringa extract in their formulation. I was floored! My curiosity was piqued - why is moringa becoming so popular?

Well, there are quite a few reasons...

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a plant native to Asia and the tropics. For thousands of years the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans grew moringa trees (WebMD). Every part of the plant is useful -  leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root - all are used to make medicine. 

The plant is an anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, germ-killer, perfume, immunity and breast milk booster chock full multivitamins. 

Moringa offers excellent skin and hair benefits by being a source of: 

  • Vitamin A and its precursor beta-carotene which speeds up healing and prevents breakouts
  • Vitamin C - a natural skin exfoliator to help reveal new younger skin
  • Vitamin E - a moisturizing antioxidant 
  • Essential amino acids - the building blocks of protein that helps boost collagen production, strength and elasticity
  • Polyphenols - plant compounds that protect organs from internal and environmental stressors 
  • Oils - its seeds contain beneficial fatty acids which are extra moisturizing and conditioning to the hair and skin

I loved this so much that it's a key ingredient in our: 

  1. Aloe Vera & Moringa Soap
  2. Black Magic Hair Oil
  3. Deep Conditioning Black Magic Hair Mask
  4. Miti Neem & Moringa Soap

Next time you see organic moringa powder in the shopping aisle, pick it up! It's perfect for smoothies, stews, in a herbal water - anything is possible with moringa.