Malunggay (or Moringa)

The Malunggay or moringa plant is native to the northern parts of India, and is cultivated throughout tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Known by various names, with drumstick tree, horseradish tree, and malunggay being among the most common, its various parts - roots, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds - are used for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes.

It is a common backyard plant in the Philippines that has been gaining international attention for being a "superfood" rich in nutrients and minerals. Mulunggay contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. According to Moringaling Philippines Foundation Inc, pound for pound, malunggay has...

  • 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 3 times more potassium that bananas
  • 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots
  • 2 times more protein and 4 times more calcium than milk.

In many regions of Africa, it is widely consumed for self-medication by patients affected by diabetes, hypertension, or HIV/AIDS.

Water Purification

The seeds are a good source for a high grade oil, comparable to olive oil. Malunggay has been compared to alum in its effectiveness at removing suspended solids from turbid water. At the Thyolo Water Treatment Works in Malawi, Africa, two researchers, from the University of Leicester, England, successfully substituted moringa seeds for alum to remove solids in water for drinking.

Various Applications

Boiling Malunggay to make a decoction for washing sores and wounds. The roots are boiled and cooled then used wash wounds and sores.

Gargling the Malunggay decoction, is also a practice for washing mouth sores and sore throats.

Ground Malunggay seeds, leaves and bark is used topically as poultice to relieve inflammation.

Malunggay oil s known to be a powerful antioxidant and is of a quality similar to Olive oil.

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