Moringa is a tree that has been used for thousands of years in India for everything from food, to building materials, to medicine. This ‘wonder tree’ truly is wondrous in that each part of the tree is useful. The roots, stems, leaves, seed pods, resin and flowers are considered to be healing herbs in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian healing system) and Unani (traditional Middle Eastern healing system) folk medicine. In modern times, the leaves and seed pods are utilized extensively due to their nutrient content, and modern studies are investigating their healing potential.
Also Known As – Moringa oleifera Lam., moringa, drumsticktree, West Indian ben, muringa (Tamil) jacinto (Spanish) sahijan or munaga, (Hindi) shigru or shobhanjana (Ayurvedic)
Parts Used – Leaves, seeds for pressing oil. Uses and Preparations – Dried leaf as an additive to foods to increase nutritional value, or as a tea or juice.