How in the heck do you use Moringa? WAIT! Wait! What IS Moringa? How can I tell you how to use moringa if you don’t know what it is?
Moringa Oleifera is a tree that grows where it’s hot and humid. Surprisingly enough, it grows in Phoenix. We have monsoon season here for 2 months out of the year. It’s not ALWAYS just hot! Sometimes it’s hot AND humid! LOL And then there’s freezing weather in winter. But I digress.
Growing moringa from seed is a hit or miss proposition. You can purchase the seeds online, which is what I did. One year I had them in the ground for a whole year before they came up, then died. So I have found, the best way to grow moringa [and I bet it will also work for the temperamental neem seed] is to fill a pot, a large pot, with potting soil. Shove that seed down to the second knuckle of your index finger, cover the hole, water and wait. At least, that’s what I did. Out of 6 5 came up. Out of those, three lived and grew. When they were about a foot tall, I transplanted them to pots. Where they remained for over a year.
Growing too big for the pots, two were transplanted to the ground. One was planted on the west side of the house, full sun, the other was planted on the north side of the house, full sun, on a hot block wall. Both are thriving.You can eat the leaves of moringa when they are green. The leaves can be eaten raw, out-of-hand, in salads, or they can be cooked like spinach and eaten. They can be fed to animals as well. The nutritional content of moringa is almost a complete nutrient food, which is why India and Africa are planting and using this tree to ward off hunger and malnutrition. The leaves are great in smoothies or capsules. Moringa is ENERGIZING!
When the tree matures, it grows long pods which can be cooked like beans when young. Older pods can have the seeds removed and roasted like nuts or cooked like peas. Or the seeds can be dried and crushed, sprinkled on the top of water that isn’t clean and as they settle to the bottom, it is said to clean the water.
The seeds can also be crushed when green and an oil is extracted. This is cold pressed oil. The best oil to use is unfiltered, unrefined. Certified organic. The oil is da BOMB on the skin! It will make your skin the softest it’s ever been since you were a baby. It penetrates well, doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. Add some Sea Buckthorn oil to it for a fan tabulous skin oil that heals! Make your own facial serum! The oil is viscous [thick].
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