A plant that has lived for thousands of years and is still playing a major role in Indian traditional medicine but came to the attention of medical community recently.
Today, about 1300 articles, studies have focused about the jaw-dropping medicinal properties of this moringa tree. It is also called the “mother’s best friend” or “never die tree”.
Moringa oil has now been appreciated as as a “magical oil” and at the same time the world is understanding about the fantastic benefits of moringa tree also called as the “tree of life” or “miracle tree”.
It is a fast growing tree that thrives in harsh environments and poor soil and it is drought resistant. In Nigeria, it is called idagbo monoye (” tree which grows crazily”).
- This tree is native to India but also grown in Asia, Africa and Southern America. Moringa oil is derived from the seeds of Moringa Oliefera.
- Moringa seeds have a high oil content and contain many nutritional compounds like monounsaturated fats, proteins, sterols and tocopherols, vitamin A and C,oleic and palmitoleic acids.
- The antioxidant acts as natural preservatives making it a stable oil,resistant to rancidity and giving it a reported shelf life of 5 years.
- This oil is manufactured through solvent extraction and cold pressing.
- Moringa oil is also called as behan oil or Ben oil due to its behanic acid content.
Keep it mind that moringa oil is extracted fully from the seeds, not from flowers and leaves.
Health Benefits Of Moringa Oil
1. A Perfect Gift For A Skin
Before thousands of years, the romans and greeks extracted the oil from the seeds and used this oil as main ingredient for perfumes, skin lotions and creams.
In Egypt, people used this magic to protect against sunburn, pollution and crossed long travels in desert. No wonder their skin was so radiant looking? One of the most favourite ingredient in cytokinins and zeatins which promote cellular growth and delays the aging process.
2. Antiseptic And Anti-Inflammatory Properties
They are used to treat and heal minor skin abrasions, minor cuts and scrapes, burns,bites and other skin infections.
3. Hair Care
They can stimulate the growth of hair while also protecting against hair loss. The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of the oil keeps tha scalp clean, moisturized, dandruff free.The rich supply of fatty acids can provide the shine for your hair.
4. Promotes Sleep
Moringa oil has soothing properties to promote sleep. The behemic acid in the oil has the capability to relax the body. Other aromatic compounds relax the muscles and calm your mind and spirit.
This oil is used in aromatherapy or applied to chest and temples for sedation.
5. Lowers Hypertension
Moringa oil as a loaded source of Omega 9 fatty acids have a positive effect on blood pressure. Moringa oil boost your heart health by stimulating the circulation and lowering the cholesterol levels.They develop a lower risk of developing atherosclerosis.
At the same time, behanic acid which is found in moringa oil is a type of saturated fat which has more chances to damage the heart health.
6. Boosts Up The Immunity Level
Being rich in omega 9 fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E, they help to protect the body against excessive inflammation and stress.Vitamin C builds up the immune system and vitamin E protects the skin.
7. Healthy Digestive System
The antioxidants and active compounds found in the oil can balance the pH level of acid secretions, soothes inflammation and promotes digestion which reduce gastritis.
8. Nourishing Oil For Your Nails
Tired of dry, brittle nails? No worries! Apply this moringa oil and give a foot massage before going to bed. This oil is to moisturize them, make them shiny and keep them healthy. It will get dried easily without leaving greasy nails.
9. Aids In Inflammatory Conditions
Having elders at home who are suffering from severe jointaches? You may benefit form the anti-inflammatory conditions of moringa oil.
It can ease tissue swelling and eliminate pain making it as a permanent solution for both acute and chronic problems. Try massaging the limbs using this oil regularly for effective results.
Side Effects Of Moringa Oil
Pregnancy – It’s possibly unsafe to consume this oil during pregnancy.
Chemicals in the root, bark and flowers causes the uterus to contract which result in miscarriage.
Lower blood pressure– Overcomsumption of moringa oil can result in symptoms like fainting, sweating due to lower blood pressure.