As you guys all know we are trying to raise more Moringa trees this year. We do have the contract with the Chief to plant 5.000 trees for him to hand out to his people.
That is Mr Nkololola, one of our volunteers. He offered his bike to transport seedlings to villages we cant access on foot.
He is currently distributing Moringa seedlings to vulnerable homes, for example 4 single moms in Nguba Village.
Moringa is rich in nutrients and easy to grow, also it is prolific in our village. Its leaves are in high demand hence our hope is not only to put food on peoples tables, but also to put a bit of cash in their pockets.
But also we know about the “super powers” of this plant. Superfood they call it in Europe and the US. It sure is for so many reasons:
- Juice from the leaves is believed to have a stabilizing effect on blood pressure and is used to treat anxiety. It is believed to control glucose levels in cases of diabetes.
- Mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk 2 or 3 times a day, leaves are used as a remedy for diarrhea, dysentery and colitis.
- Leaf juice, sometimes with carrot juice added, is used as a diuretic. Eating leaves is recommended in cases of gonorrhea because of the diuretic action.
- Leaves and buds are rubbed on the temples for headache.
- A poultice is made from fresh leaves and applied to reduce glandular swelling.
- Leaf juice is used as a skin antiseptic.
- Leaves are used to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy, and catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane).
- Leaves are considered to be anthelmintic ( able to kill intestinal worms).
- Leaves are used as a purgative.
- Eating leaves is believed to increase a woman’s milk production and is sometimes prescribed for anemia.
- also its protein is better than soy
- its oil is much better than olive oil and used in cooking and cosmetics
Wait, what? In cosmetics? Yes! We found a lady who is an expert in producing Moringa soap. Right now we are trying to look into the production of Moringa soap. This could be another way for us to create jobs and help our members to raise some money for their families.