What's the Buzz about Moringa?
Have you heard of this amazing SuperFood? Many people believe Moringa is the answer to world hunger, some call it the Miracle Tree. We are blessed to have this tree in our back yard and we harvest leaves from it just about every day. They say it grows best in Plant Hardiness Zone 9 or 10, however during our travels I met a woman, Clare Plott, who grows Moringa trees in Missouri (zone 6).
The Moringa tree is also called the drumstick tree, horseradish tree or ben oil tree. It grows mainly in tropical and subtropical areas and originated at the base of the Himalayan Mountains.
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All parts of the tree are edible and it’s easy to grow. Even if you aren't lucky enough to have a tree in your backyard, Moringa can now be enjoyed by everyone since it is now available commercially in a dry, powdered form.
Even infants, pregnant and nursing women can consume it and are encouraged to do so since it is such a powerhouse of nutrients.
If you take more than your body wants you may have a detox reaction, which is not harmful, just irritating. It just means you might have to spend some extra time in the bathroom for a couple days or you might have a headache, rapid heart rate, nausea or feel achy like you have the flu. This is all caused from your body eliminating toxins too quickly.
If you are just starting on a healthy diet, start with just 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 ml) and you should not have any problem.
Start with 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) daily if you are have been eating a nutrient-dense diet for years with at least 1/2 lb. of greens in your daily diet.
Increase the amount you consume on a weekly basis as your body adjusts and detoxes, gradually building up to as much as 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) if you like.
Have you tried it? Share your experiences in the comment section. We’d all love to hear your story.
8/23/2014 02:53:38 am
where can I get some? would love to be able to start using. does it keep well after drying? just asking because if it doesn't grow where I am , MA, then how long will it keep after it is dried and put in containers? thanks so much. gael.
8/23/2014 03:07:58 am
There are several companies that sell it in health food stores and online. The best moringa powder is organic and free of fillers. The dry powder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place and should stay fresh for 6 months or longer. Check expiration dates when purchasing. Be sure to come back and let us know how you like it and what changes you notice in your health! Enjoy!
8/23/2014 05:58:16 am
I just did a permaculture class and was given Moringa cuttings. You just stick them in the ground and they regrow! So we will have two trees in our yard!
8/23/2014 06:25:21 am
That's awesome DawnMarie! However, you may only need one since they get to be gigantic unless you trim them back lots. Ours is about 20 feet, but they can be as tall as 40 feet. We have one that we started about 4 months ago and it's already 4 feet tall! You can also dwarf them by growing them in a 16" pot (or larger) which is a great way to grow Moringa in cold climates, bringing it into the house for the winter months.
8/24/2014 11:58:49 am
Hello Rene- I would love to get a tree for my yard. Where did you get your from?
8/26/2014 06:19:26 am
I'd be glad to give you a cutting Gina. Give me a call or text sometime.
9/9/2014 06:05:40 am
A huge fan. I t s ke it daily,at least a tablespoon, but also the pure oil. We have nearly 200 hundred small ones here in Columbia,Mo. Thanks for the info affirmation..we have about 4 that are getting larger...nothing lije your tree,tho.
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