25 April 2016
Often referred to as “The miracle tree”, Moringa trees are an important part of nature.
It is a multipurpose plant that is native to parts of Africa and Asia. It is called drumstick tree by the British.
It is a multipurpose plant because its leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark are beneficial in one way or the other.
They may be used as medicine or as part of a diet. As part of a diet, the green pods may be cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves can also be cooked and used like spinach.
Moringa leaves can be used for tea. There are tea bags manufactured whose basic content is grinded Moringa leaves. However, you can easily grow the tree in your yard and tap from the enormous health benefits of Moringa. Apart from the World Earth Day directive that enjoins us to grow trees, growing a miracle tree will immensely benefit you, as it will benefit the world. These health benefits are listed below:
– Moringa leaves helps in boosting energy levels in a natural manner, which is long lasting. It is also found to heal ulcers, restrict tumors, reduce arthritis pain and inflammation and control blood pressure.
– Daily consumption of Moringa as part of the diet improves body’s natural defense mechanism. It is an immune stimulant and it is often prescribed for AIDS afflicted patients.
– It is rich in vitamin A or beta-carotene and acts as an effective weapon against blindness.
– It plays an important role in lactating mothers. Consumption of moringa is reported to cause a dramatic increase in breast milk.
– Vitamin E in Moringa is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates blood circulation around the scalp. Proper flow of blood to the scalp helps in the absorption of more nutrients available in the hair follicles.
– You want healthy hair? Grow a Moringa tree. Moringa is a storehouse of all the nutrients required for healthy hair. Hair loss occurs due to the deficiency of vitamin B- especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid. Proper blood circulation to the scalp enables hair follicles to grow stronger and healthier. Vitamin C together with vitamin E helps in the improvement of blood circulation in the scalp. It is vital to maintain capillaries that carry blood onto the follicles.
– It balances the sugar levels and be extremely effective against diabetics.
– If you want a flat stomach, Moringa tea is your go to guy. Regular consumption of Moringa tea will aid speedy reduction of tummy fat.
– Moringa helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body.
– Consumption of Moringa leaves stimulates metabolism and cell structure of the body.
– There are no reported side effects of Moringa leaves although it in some cases you may visit the toilet frequently.
– Apart from drinking Moringa tea, you may use the leaves to prepare meals as porridge, pastas and breads to increase the nutrient content of meals
How to grow the Moringa Tree
– Obtain some Moringa seeds from a local market or farmers market. There are several varieties, but the seeds of Moringa oleifera and Moringa stenopetala are the easiest to obtain.
– Decide where you would like to grow your Moringa tree. Keep in mind that Moringa trees can grow over 20 feet tall, their first year. You will also need to consider whether you want to plant your Moringa tree close to any existing structures. Moringas need much sunlight, warmth, and water, to flourish. Hence the best spot will be a spot where your tree will obtain the best exposure to the sun
– Get the best organic potting soil that you can find. Moringas do not like heavy, clay-like soil. They will grow in poor soil, sandy soil, and depleted soil, but they do not like their roots getting wet. Bear this in mind. You can also purchase sand to add to the potting soil mixture and add coconut coir or sand to loosen it. This gives the roots of the Moringa tree room to go deep, and drain well. Moringa has a taproot, which means a single root that goes straight down like a carrot. Hence you have to Plant where the taproot has lots of room to go down. If planting in a container, find the deepest one you can.
– Make a hole in the soil, and plant the Moringa seeds about ¾” to 1″ deep, cover with soil, and tamp it into place. Make a note of when you planted the seed or seeds, so you can monitor their growth. Once you have covered the seeds, thoroughly water the soil. Once they have sprouted, they can be watered once every other day, until they are about 18 inches tall. Then, once a week will be sufficient.
Easy peasy. Try it out today!