Called «Tree of Life» or «Miracle Tree». The leaves are turned into food supplements and animal feed while the seeds contain edible oil.
They are also used for purifying water and many local communities lead a thriving social life in the shade of this tree.
Some of its properties and uses:
- Leaves: fresh or dried food
- Blossoms: condiment, beekeeping, medicine.
- Fruit: food
- Seeds: food, oil, planting of new trees
- Bark: medicine, rope making, production of paper.
- Roots: food, medicine.
- Whole tree: animal feed, biomass for alternative energy.
- Waste» soil conditioner and fertilizer, animal feed.
Moringa Oleifera was originally an Indian tree, found only in the Himalayan mountain range. Even the ancient Indian Vedas (Veda means ‘Wisdom’) speak about the Moringa tree although they were written 5.000 years ago, while in the Ayurveda it says it can be used to heal 300 different illnesses.
Since times immemorial the Moringa can be found in many tropical and sub-tropical regions where it is harvested as a vegetable crop. Over many centuries the Moringa has adapted itself to its environment, developing 13 different varieties. We are planting the best known variety called Moringa Oleifera. In its countries of origin it has been used for thousands of years as food, medicine and a source of energy.
It is really amazing that each and every part of this tree can be put to good use. People from the indigenous cultures in every country where this tree is found have, independently from each other, discovered it positive qualities. Thanks to its extraordinary characteristics they call it «The Tree of Life» or «Miracle Tree»
This Moringa tree grows rapidly, at a rate of 3 m per year. Leaves and seeds are processed into food supplements. In alternative medicine the powder of the leaves is administered to patients suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and anaemia. Especially during the dry season people eat the leaves as a kind of vegetable as they are an important source of vitamin A, C, calcium and iron. The seeds provide a valuable edible oil with a high content of unsaturated fats. Seeds are also being used to kill bacteria in water in order to make it drinkable. Bacteria and suspended particles merge into agglomerates that drop to the bottom or can be filtered. The same seeds also have direct bactericidal qualities. This tree is therefore excellent for self help projects in rural areas where jobs and manufacturing ventures can be created.
This tree is not only a blessing for humans but also for animals and plants. The high content of protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the Moringa leaves, when mixed in their food, offers animals a better health and a higher resistance to illnesses and stress. Plants that have been sprayed with a Moringa extract show an increase in yield of up to 32 percent, as a result of two hormones found in the tree. For more than 20 years scientists have been researching into the beneficial impact of the Moringa olifeira tree in humans, animals and plants. Scientists confirm that this tree shows us how little we know about our planet.