Moringa 

Latin:  Moringa oleifera

Family:  Moringaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves, fruit

Taste/Energetics:

Properties:  Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, nourishing tonic, antispasmodic, hypotensive, analgesic, antimicrobial, galactagogue

Actions:  Known as a “miracle plant”, Moringa comes to us via South Asia where it has long been consumed as a medicinal herb.  Moringa is now grown in tropical areas throughout the world for its amazing properties.  Moringa is foremost a nourishing tonic herb with high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, large amounts of calcium, protein and iron.  Moringa contains 9 times the vitamin A of carrots, 16 times the calcium of milk and 24 times the iron of spinach.

Moringa relaxes the artery walls and reduces high blood pressure.  With huge amounts of antioxidants, it helps protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress.  Studies point to Moringa being useful for preventing atherosclerotic plaque formation, protecting and strengthening cardiac function.

Moringa is used in Ayurvedic medicine to heal stomach ulcers, urinary infections, help with arthritis, joint pain and other inflammatory conditions.  It has also been used  to improve libido, likely due to its highly nutritional features.  In India it its also commonly added to external oils and liniments as an analgesic and wound healing aid.

In terms of mental health, this is an immensely nutritious herb that can help with those who appear tired, depleted, exhausted and malnourished.

Dosage:  1-3 tsp of powder to 3 x/day.

Contraindications:    In large amounts, may cause upset stomach.  Avoid in pregnancy.

Further Reading: 

Moringa monograph   by Nick Moya  (Herb Rally)