Moringa ( Moringa oleifera )
Moringa is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that can reach a height of 10–12 m (32–40 ft) and trunk diameter of 45 cm (1.5 ft). It is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, where it is known as “The Miracle tree”. In ancient Egypt the plant was prized for the moisturizing benefits of its oil and was later introduced to the Romans. Its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables, and many parts of the tree are used in traditional herbal medicine.
Moringa leaves are a rich source of many nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. They contains also iron, and possess anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This helps to cure minor injuries like bruises, cuts and burns. It also helps in quick healing of injuries.
Moringa leaves are also beneficial for the hair and scalp. They can be used to cleanse the hair and scalp, prevent hair damage, dandruff, dry and lifeless hair. These increase blood circulation of the scalp and boost hair growth. As the blood circulation increases, hair follicles get more nutrients, leading to strong and healthy hair.
Moringa also has one of the highest antioxidant contents. Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, minimising the ageing process of the skin in the long-term. They help counteract oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen causing skin dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.
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