by Melissa Chichester
Meet moringa: the beneficial superfood that is currently trending as a top supplement in holistic health. Derived from Moringa Oleifera leaves, moringa is a source of free radical fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals.* While the benefits of moringa have been known around the world for thousands of years, its popularity is growing in the West as we unlock the secrets of how it can be used.
Moringa has a rich history around the world, known as a drought-resistant and fast-growing tree. Native to the Himalayan foothills of Northern India, the moringa tree is also known as the drumstick tree or horseradish tree, as the roots are said to taste like the spice of that well-known condiment hanging out in our refrigerators. As the plant was cultivated throughout Asia and to the Mediterranean, ancient cultures found uses for every part of the plant. Moringa oil was used by the ancient Egyptians to protect their skin from the elements. As it spread through Greece and Rome, it became known as an expensive perfume ingredient. In Jamaica, moringa oil was popular for culinary use in salads, and moringa powder was used in teas.
Today, moringa is well-known throughout Asia and Africa, frequently called “the miracle tree” or “Nebedaye” (which translates to “never die”). These names cropped up as a response to its ability to grow in dry soils and in any condition. In some regions of the world, families depend on the leaves of moringa to feed their families, as the leaves contain Vitamins A and C, and they are a source of potassium. As a supplement, moringa is available in capsules, powder form, and juice blends. It’s easy to get this superfood into your diet—just think of it as a seasoning. The taste of moringa is fresh and green, similar to spinach. Here are a few ideas for using moringa in the kitchen:
And don’t miss our favorite way to use moringa in this Moringa Mule Superfood Mocktail recipe!
In addition to its use in the kitchen, moringa can be used in your skincare routine. Making a face mask with moringa powder drenches your skin with nourishing Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Here’s an easy recipe to create your own moringa beauty mask.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until they are smoothly blended into a paste. Apply to clean skin, and let the mask sit for 7-10 minutes. When the time is up, splash face with warm water to loosen the mask and gently remove the mask. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.