Moringa Oil: Benefits, Uses & Side-Effects

Aug 31, 2017

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There are some incredible benefits of moringa oil, such as its ability to reduce oxidative stress, eliminate inflammation, moisturize and exfoliate the skin, protect the immune system, reduce blood pressure, detoxify the body, slows the ageing process, speeds healing, fights dandruff, and aids sleep. However, there are some side effects to this oil, such as stomach upset, skin irritation, and potential complications with pregnancy. When used responsibly, this oil can deliver a number of important health effects.What Is Moringa Oil?

Moringa oil is derived from a tree native to India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, which is also commonly known as the drumstick tree. Scientifically classified as Moringa Oleiferathis tree is extremely important in certain cultural and medicinal preparations in those regions of the world. However, due to its impressive health effects, it has become globally available and sought after. The moringa tree has bark, leaves, fruit and seeds that can all be used for natural health practices, although root extracts can be toxic. Moringa oil is typically acquired through a cold-pressing process or a solvent extraction. This will allow you to access the rich source of nutrients in the seeds, which include vitamin Cvitamin B and various monounsaturated fats, including very high levels of oleic acid, as well as behenic acid.

Benefits & Uses Of Moringa Oil

People who use moringa oil often suffer from high blood pressure, poor sleep habits, high toxicity, dry skinpsoriasiseczema, dandruff, wounds, cuts, scrapes, arthritisgout, premature ageing, wrinkles, and gastrointestinal problems.

Moisturizes Dry Skin

Applying moringa oil to your skin unlocks its moisturizing and emollient properties, which can help the skin retain moisture and prevent inflammation or flaking. This oil is also a purifying substance, thanks to its antibacterial nature, helping to protect the skin against environmental and allergenic substances, as well as pathogens. The behenic acid in this oil is particularly key in this protection of the skin.

Speeds up Wound Healing

Many people use moringa oil when they have suffered a scrape, wound, bruise or abrasion. It can stimulate blood flow to the area, as well as protect the wound from infection. This oil can also help counter any fungal infections or open wounds from acne, which can easily become infected or exacerbated by dust, grime and oil.

Boosts Immunity

Omega-9 fatty acids are not only beneficial for heart health, but they also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. In addition to the vitamin C and vitamin E content of this oil, these fatty acids can help seek out free radicals and protect organ systems from excess inflammation and strain. Vitamin C stimulates the immune system and vitamin E further protects the skin.

Treats Stomach Disorders

For the treatment of stomach pain and ulcers, moringa oil has been traditionally used very effectively. The active compounds and antioxidants found in this oil can soothe inflammation in the gut, balance bacterial levels, and optimize digestion, thereby reducing acidity and related conditions.

Lowers Blood Pressure

One of the best aspects of omega-9 fatty acid (oleic acid) is that it can have a positive effect on blood pressure. In fact, by stimulating circulation and lowering cholesterol levels, this oil can boost heart health in a major way, lowering your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. However, behenic acid, which is also found in strong supply in moringa oil, is a saturated fat, which can damage the cardiovascular system. Using this oil in moderation is essential.

Aids in Inflammatory Conditions

If you regularly suffer from arthritis symptoms, headaches, sore muscles, chronic fatigue or joint disorders, you may benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of moringa oil. It can ease tissue swelling and eliminate pain, making it a good choice for both chronic and acute health problems.

Hair Care

Quite a bit of anecdotal evidence says that Moringa oil can stimulate the growth of hair, while also protecting against hair loss. The emollient, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of the oil are able to protect the scalp and keep it moisturized, thereby limiting or eliminating dandruff. Furthermore, the rich supply of fatty acids can improve the shine and lustre of your hair.

Promotes Sleep

When it comes to sleep problems, people often turn to moringa oil for its soothing properties. Behenic acid is known to relax the body, while other active and aromatic compounds can help relax the muscles and promote a sense of calm. The oil can be used in aromatherapy treatments or topically applied to the chest or temples for these sedative effects.

Liver Care

Studies have shown that moringa oil can help to lower negative chemical markers in the body that signal liver damage or disorders. For people who have already suffered liver damage in the past, this is particularly important for ensuring proper liver function as you age.

Nutritional Facts Of Moringa Oil

Moringa oil has a unique nutrient profile, dominated by vitamin C and B-family vitamins, as well as an unusually high level of monounsaturated fats and some saturated fats. The most notable ingredient is oleic acid (omega-9), of which more than 70% of this oil is composed. Furthermore, there are significant amounts (5-10%) of behenic acid, a saturated fat also known as docosanoic acid, which has a number of notable effects on the body.

Drumstick Oil

Drumstick oil is another name for moringa oil, as the plant from which this oil is derived, Moringa oleifera, is often called the drumstick tree, as mentioned earlier. There are many different cultivars of the moringa tree, which produce oils of slightly different chemical composition and flavour, but generally, these oils are quite similar. Known at least since the times of the Greeks and Romans, this tree is known around the world as a drumstick tree, hence drumstick oil. The terms are interchangeable to most herbalists and natural health practitioners.

Moringa Oil Side Effects

Side effects from using moringa oil are limited but may include skin irritation, cardiovascular trouble and stomach problems. Pregnant women should also avoid use, or speak explicitly with their doctor before using this potent oil.

Blood Pressure

It is well known that omega-9 fatty acid can lower blood pressure, which is a good thing unless you are already taking blood pressure-lowering medication, in which case this can lead to dangerous levels of hypotension.

Skin

As with the majority of concentrated oils, topical use can result in inflammation or irritation on the skin, as well as redness or itchiness. Apply a small amount to a patch of skin and then wait 3-4 hours to see if any further negative reaction occurs.

Stomach

Consuming moringa oil is generally considered safe in small to moderate amounts, but an excessive use could cause inflammation of the gut or stomach upset, including nausea, flatulence, bloating, cramping or diarrhoea. As a salad dressing or a stir fry, you don’t need a huge amount of the flavour and health benefits to be delivered!

Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant are generally not recommended to use moringa oil, as it can have some effect on uterine contraction. In the first two trimesters, this could potentially stimulate menstruation, and increase the risk of a miscarriage or premature labour.

 

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Post by Matorwmasen

My name is Clement Matorwmasen. Together with my wife I have co-founded Green Gold Social Enterprise. Since childhood I have always been a social and environmental activist and I was a youth leader in many activist groups. As a child I grew up in difficult circumstances when my parents abandoned me and I grew up at the homes of different foreign missionaries. As a teenager I re-established the contact with my family members and my tribe and I learned I was high up in the royal family lineage. I now have very strong ties to my tribe and I want to make a difference in not only their lives, but that of all Ghanaians. When I reconnected with my family, I was already running several not-for-profit projects trying to improve the living conditions in several poor communities, like organising finances for a community boreholes to improve access to clean drinking water. I was doing this alongside my teaching job as an IT-specialist at a tertiary institution. In 2007 my boss and mentor introduced me to Moringa. I was intrigued and went to learn more about the plant and all its qualities and I saw it as a potential solution to combat malnutrition in our communities. This inspired me to set up my own NGO called Drive Aid Ghana and we started promoting the usage and cultivation of Moringa. I was happy that I could make a difference for some people, but scaling and sustaining our activities were highly problematic. Initially I was able to interest farmers in growing Moringa, but mostly they ended up cutting it down because they were not able to generate income from it. This was because there was no established local market. They also challenged me: ‘if Moringa is so useful and if you can earn so much money with it, then why don’t you do it yourself?’ These experiences made me think and slowly the idea of starting a social enterprise to promote Moringa as a cash crop started to develop. With the full support of my wife I handed over my IT-business to my brother and went full-time into developing our social enterprise Green Gold. We have been donated an abandoned state farm of 3000 ha by one of our communities, which we are currently developing into a Moringa plantation and processing factory. My quest is simply to make a difference in other people’s lives and to make the world a better place one smile at a time, Moringa is my pivot point for sustainable development

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