Moringa is gaining in popularity as a new “superfood” with nutritional and medicinal advantages.
The Moringa oleifera plant, also called the “Miracle Tree”, grows in parts of India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, the Philippines and parts of Africa. It is considered to be one of nature’s healthiest and most nutritious foods.
It has been used for generations in Eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders. In Ayurveda, India’s holistic health system, it has been used as a curative for 300 diseases.
In addition to anecdotal evidence regarding Moringa’s efficacy, there are scientific studies from various parts of the world that provide preliminary evidence of its therapeutic benefits.
If you’re wondering how to use it, one option is to add Moringa powder to a smoothie or tea. “I like to make a glass of iced Moringa tea for myself in the spring and summer. It’s a lovely, healthy and refreshing way to drink it”, says Rose Verjee, Founder of Esme + Sita. The following is Rose’s recipe for Moringa Iced Tea.
MORINGA ICED TEA RECIPE
- 4 cups of hot water
- 2 teaspoons Organic Moringa Leaf Powder
- Juice of one lemon or to taste
- One finger of whole, peeled piece of ginger cut into a few pieces
- Organic honey to sweeten
- Mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish
- Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
- Add ginger pieces and take pan off the heat.
- Let ginger steep.
- Let water cool to tepid temperature.
- Add the Moringa powder and lemon juice and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and stir in honey.
- Pour into tall glasses and garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices. Add a few cubes of ice. Store any extra in the fridge.
As always, you should consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare practitioner to confirm whether Moringa is safe for you.