The Natural Way: Do the Moringa
Do you do the Moringa?
Even though this exotic
word sounds like a dance, it
is really an amazing plant. Moringa
oleifera does come to us mostly
from the far east with the Pacific islands
and the Philippines the most common source.
So, Moringa is pretty exotic. The leaf is also very
good for you. In fact, it is considered to be a super
When I checked Pubmed.com and searched for Moringa,
I found more than 30 topics with more than 20 pages
each with 20 topics per page. So, if someone tells you
it hasnít been studied for a boatload of different benefits,
tell them politely to bug off ó or not politely for that
matter. For sure, Moringa is a super food easily taking
the place of a broad spectrum multivitamin. But the list of
benefits is very long, at least the possible benefits, which
could include diabetes, infection, anemia, poor digestion
... well the list seems endless.
Now, Iím writing only about the leaves of this plant
as the root could be harmful if eaten. The root is used
by healers in the far east and the Philippines but these
are skilled and wizened women (mostly) who are well
trained. The best way for us here in the states to gain benefit
from Moringa is to add the powdered leaves to our
smoothies or sprinkle into soup or on salads. Of course,
the whole leaves can be broken by hand and added to
fresh salad as well. It is delicious to eat this way.
We are lucky to have a local organic farmer here in
Eureka Springs that grows and harvests Moringa. She is
a much loved steadfast at our farmerís market. She can
even tell you recipes for preparing this exotic, tasty and
good-for-you plant miracle. In fact, the last time I talked
with Celia from Piney Creek Garden, we compared notes
on cooking and recipes. I was starved when we finished
chatting so of course I overbought fresh and organic local
Not such a bad outcome, was it?