Our latest experiment - Moringa oleifera leaf powder
Lately my family and I have begun using Moringa leaf powder in our smoothies. As an herbalist, I am often browsing herbal websites looking to stock up on my favourite herbs and I will often include something new that I've never tried before. That is how I became the owner of this one pound bag of green moringa leaf powder. I had read something about it being good for energy so I spontaneously threw it in my virtual shopping cart among other goodies I will share about in the days to come.
I did a quick Google search to see the best way to use. An article I found indicated that a person should start low with just 1/4 tsp per day and several smoothie recipes were included. It was also suggested as a sub for matcha powder. The recommendation of such a low amount concerned me a bit so I looked up nutritional profile of this plant in order to determine toxicity.
To my surprise I found a wonderfully thorough article, referenced below, which I will share highlights from here in my blog post. Reading this article made the decision easy to start feeding it to the children for reasons I will share shortly. I will also share two recipes I have been using this past ten days for smoothies with moringa included PLUS my personal thoughts on Moringa.
The Moringa tree, native to India, is extremely nutritive, with every part of the plant having useful properties. The plant has been used for malnutrition in children less than three years of age which indicates further the safety of this herb. It is known for its dense nutrition, medicinal properties, as well as being antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti cancer, and anti diabetic. Moringa is especially high in calcium and iron plus has many properties making it an ideal supplement for nursing mothers, especially if struggling with milk production. It appears that the most nutritive form of moringa is the dried leaf powder and the recommended maximum daily dose is 70g.
Moringa is called a Panacea attributed to helping with over 300 maladies. Aside from Cancer and Diabetes, moringa is known to help with gastric ulcers, AIDS, & arthritis among others. More studies are being done to determine the primary mechanisms of Moringa's medicinal properties.
Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
sprig of fresh mint
1/4 - 1 tsp moringa
Sweet Greens Smoothie
1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
1 cup spinach
1/4 - 1 tsp moringa
After using this new herb for ten days, I can definitely say that I am happy I tried it. I have had loads of energy this past week and even spent an entire day cooking yesterday, which believe me hardly ever happens. This has been essential as I cut back on my coffee intake, helping me get down to half my consumption. Another great tool for quitting coffee is The Herbal Blend I am replacing Coffee With.
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