Moringa Oleifera: A Great Immune Booster

Every part of the Moringa oleifera plant is useful and beneficial in a variety of ways; from treating infections and acting as an immune booster to being used in perfume and machine lubricant.

| Winter 2015-16


  • Photo courtesy fotolia/Stephen Orsillo

In the plant kingdom Mother Nature has provided us food, fiber, and health. We only need to know which plants and how and when to use them. Out of this Moringa oleifera is such a gift that all people need to know the qualities of this plant. All parts of this plant have benefits to health in one or more ways.

Moringa has been used to treat anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.

Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or tonic.

Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It has also been traditionally used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds.



Oil from Moringa seeds is used in foods, perfume, and hair care products, and as a machine lubricant.

Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, Moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition. The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment.






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