Moringa oleifora, or commonly known as the “Drumstick” tree, grows mostly in India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, is extremely important in cultural and medicinal properties.
Moringa trees provide bark, leaves, fruit and seeds that have impressive health benefits. The seeds provide the oil that is best when cold-pressed, 100% pure virgin, and organic.
At times you will often find it called the “Miracle Plant” or Ben Oil. And there have been over 1,300 studies and reports done on the Moringa tree.
It has a myriad range of uses, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. Highly prized for slowing aging of skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and keeping your skin moisturized.
Moringa oil is high in vitamins C and B and is 70% oleic acid (omega 9) with about a 10 % behenic acid.
Benefits of Amazing Moringa Oil
Moringa oil purifies and protects skin against environmental chemicals, allergenic substances, and pathogens. It also:
- Stimulates blood circulation, decreases blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and lowers the risk of stroke and atherosclerosis.
- Protects against hair loss, keeps scalp moisturized and limits dandruff. Best used as a warm oil conditioner to improve shine and luster.
- Boosts the immune system and helps with detoxing the liver.
- Anti-bacterial and counters fungal infections such as; athletes’ foot, ringworm and jock itch.
- Moringa oil promotes sleep, it is soothing and relaxing due to the behenic acid.
- In traditional medicines, Moringa oil still is used for stomach pain and ulcers, soothing gut inflammation and reducing acidity.
- Useful for painful arthritis, joint aches and pain, reducing swelling.
Uses of Moringa Oil
- Sleep aid- massage scalp with Moringa oil mixed with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to reduce irritability and sleeplessness.
- Nail softener- If nails are extremely strong, soak in Moringa oil to soften, they will ease cutting and trimming.
- Use in Aromatherapy as a carrier oil blended with Essential oils for the skin; Moringa oil is very stable and absorbs easily.
- Use as a massage oil to exfoliate, hydrate and detox skin.
- Moringa can also be used as cooking oil or as a salad dressing.
For many years, Moringa oil has been used in industrial and home uses. It has been commonly used in soaps, perfumes, and medical preparations.
In industry and manufacturing, it’s been used to lubricate small machine parts and by Swiss and German watchmakers.
Moringa Side Effects
There have been limited reports of some skin irritation and redness.
If on blood pressure medication; do not overuse or discuss with your physician how much you should use by checking your blood pressure.
Not recommended to use during pregnancy.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant. Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness, and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur of several businesses.