Naturopathic Kitchen: Moringa

Moringa powder in a basket with a wooden spoon, with moringa leaves next to it.

What is Moringa?

Moringa,also called drumstick tree or miracle tree, native to northern India, where it has a history of use in Ayurveda. Moringa is valued for its array of beneficial nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and proteins. A remedy used in folk medicine since ancient times, moringa is now making its way into kitchens everywhere as a popular nutritional supplement.

Health Benefits of Moringa

Moringa contains a large amount of vitamin C and potassium, and is also a source of calcium, iron, protein, and amino acids. Moringa is packed with antioxidants and can help boost the immune system. 1 

Because of its high nutritional content, moringa has been used to help treat an array of health conditions, including anxiety, anaemia, bronchitis, skin infections, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, diabetes, congestion, and more. 2 In addition to being a health-boosting food, moringa is prized for its cosmetic value and is often used to improve the look and feel of skin and hair. 3

Moringa Uses and Taste

Moringa has a flavor similar to matcha but slightly earthier. It has a bitter taste that can compliment savory foods or be paired with yogurt, nut milk, or desserts for a sweet treat.

Easy Ways to Use Moringa Powder:

  • Add a spoonful a smoothie or latte
  • Sprinkle it on top of salads or pasta dishes
  • Use it to season roasted vegetables
  • Mix it into yogurt
  • Sprinkle it over vanilla ice cream
  • Add it to baked goods such as breads, cookies, and brownies
  • Stir a spoonful into apple juice
  • Mix with honey and use it as a face mask

Mix with water to make a paste, apply to hair, leave on for 20 minutes, and rinse out

 

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