Touting 27 vitamins, 9 essential amino acids, 46 antioxidants, numerous minerals and high concentrations of protein.Used for Ayurvedic healing and as phytomedicine for thousands of years in the East, and increasingly being utilized as a combatant of malnutrition in the developing world, moringa is only recently being introduced to the U.S. “The miracle tree” consists of some of the most essential components for human health and its healing properties are quickly gaining recognition in the West.
Moringa The Miracle Tree
One of the most nutrient-dense plants in the world is relatively unknown in the U.S. Moringa oleifera, also referred to as the drumstick tree or “the miracle tree” is uniquely abundant in natural enzymes and microbes
Originating from northern India, moringa was first described as a medicinal herb as early as 2000 BC. Across the Indian Subcontinent, West Africa, and parts of Asia, moringa tea was widely consumed, and the young leaves, stalks, and pods of the plant were eaten as a nutrient-rich vegetable. The Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians also extracted oil from moringa seeds to be used as skin lotion and perfume.
Analyzing the composition of moringa is like utilizing the produce department for multiplication tables. Moringa contains 25x more iron than spinach, 17x the calcium of milk, 15x more potassium than bananas, and 7x more vitamin C than oranges. With nutritional makeup that impressive, it’s no wonder that “the miracle tree” is dubbed as such.
According to the ancient Indian medicinal traditions of Ayurveda, moringa can prevent over 300 diseases and Western medicine has begun to show that this claim has credibility. There is some evidence that capsules of moringa leaf powder can lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Moringa seed oil is beneficial for protecting hair against free radicals. A tea made from its leaves is known to fight colds and infections.
Treehouse Teas’ Prime Tea contains moringa sourced from Mountain View Farm in Waiʻanae on the dry westside of Oʻahu. Due to its drought-resistant properties, the plant thrives on Mountain View Farm and is grown using only Natural Farming techniques with no hazardous pesticides or herbicides. The moringa branches are air-dried and the leaves are then hand-harvested and carefully milled in small batches. Treehouse Teas combines moringa with other Hawaiʻi-grown herbs such as māmaki and young ginger for a herbaceous and healthful taste of the islands.