COMMON NAME: Moringa
OTHER NAME: Shigru, Horse radish tree, Drumstick tree, Sahijan.
BOTANICAL NAME: Moringa oleifera Lamk.
PLANT FAMILY: Moringaceae
SYNONYMS: Moringa pterygosperma Gaertn.
OVERVIEW: 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.
INTRODUCTION: The latin name of the miracle tree is Moringa Oleifera. It is a tree native to India and cultivated in all sub-tropical areas. This tropical multipurpose tree, resistant to drought, is fast growing.Moringa could become one of the world’s most valuable plants, at least in humanitarian terms, but also for commercial purposes. Moringa promotes environmentally sound economic development. A small or medium sized tree, about 10 m high. Leaves usually 3-pinnate, leaflets 1.2-1.8 cm long, the lateral elliptic, the terminal obovate and slightly longer than the lateral ones. Flowers white, fragrant, in large panicles. Pods pendulous, greenish, triangular, ribbed. Seeds trigonous, the angled winged.
PHYTOCONSTITUENTS: Vitamin A and zinc present in moringa seeds are known to promote our hair growth considerably. Vitamin A takes care of our scalp and hair tissues by nourishing, repairing and maintaining them in a proper way, while zinc boosts our immune system and keeps the sebaceous glands on our scalp unclogged at the same time. Thus, both of these nutrients can accelerate the growth of our hair effectively. Moringa seeds contain oleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid that is highly beneficial for our health. Being a healthy source of fat, it can easily replace the high saturated animal fats found in our food items. It works as a ‘good cholesterol’ and keeps our cholesterol levels down. Vitamin C content present in moringa seeds makes them an amazing immunity booster.
PARTS USED: Seeds.
PRECAUTIONS: None known.
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