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Originally from the southern Himalayan valleys of India, Moringa is a drought-tolerant tropical tree. The Moringa Olifeira tree grown in Africa has the power to reduce many ills that the countries of the South are facing today: malnutrition, infectious diseases due to polluted water and poverty, etc. Scientific evidence of the benefits of Moringa has just been revealed and the supply in Europe is just beginning to develop. The tree of Moringa is also called the tree of miracles, the eternal tree or the tree of paradise: everything is good and useful (fruits, roots, leaves, seeds).

 

Ingredient Moringa

 

Introduction

Part of the plant harvested: Leaves | Abstraction process: Grinding
Family: Moringaceae | Scientific name: Moringa OleiferaTrade name: Moringa, drumstick tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree, or benzoil tree
Quality: 100% pure and natural, cosmetics and therapeutic quality
Country of origin: Senegal | Production area: Saloum Delta National Park | Production capacity: Contact us.

 

Organoleptic characteristics

Feature: Light and dry powder | Colour: Dark green | Smell: Rich smell of nuts

 

Physical and chemical characteristics

The leaves are believed to be the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese, and protein, among other essential nutrients. When compared with common foods particularly high in certain nutrients per 100 g fresh weight, cooked moringa leaves are considerable sources of these same nutrients. Some of the calcium in moringa leaves is bound as crystals of calcium oxalate though at levels 1/25th to 1/45th of that found in spinach, which is a negligible amount.

 

Condition of preservation

Store in a dry place away from air and light.

 

Properties and use

Multiple dietary, agronomic and medicinal uses. The Moringa allows:

  • to combat malnutrition
  • to provide additional income (production of oil, dye, wood, etc.),
  • to purify water (the seeds, transformed into powder, are excellent biodegradable flocculants),
  • to treat more than 300 diseases according to the Indian tradition (Ayurvedic medicine).

 

Indications

This vegetal resource is used to treat diabetes, hypertension, skin infections, stomach ulcers, gastric pains, scabies, fungal infections, which are diseases caused by parasitic fungi. Moringa leaves can also be used to rebuild and strengthen fragile bones, to fight anaemia and malnutrition, to cure blood loss, dysentery, skin infections and colic (non-exhaustive list).

 

Ingredient Moringa2

 

Background’s presentation

Senegal is a West African country, most of which being in the Sahelian zone. Growing a tree is therefore a challenge. However, trees are essential in this region where desertification is intensifying. The Saloum Delta National Park, created in 1976, second biggest park of the country, is a land of asylum for hundreds of thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles. Composed of thousands of islands and islets over 76 000 ha, the rarest animal in the park is the manatee, but we can also find many jackals, crocodiles, green monkeys and pata monkeys, turtles, harnessed guibs, hyenas, warthogs, etc.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree native to India, in the valleys in the south of the Himalayas. Today, it is found all along the tropical and subtropical zone. The tree allows its planters to benefit from many services: shade, cooking, dried leaves with exceptional calorific power to fight against malnutrition ... Moreover, these tree’s rapid growth (approximately 1meter per month) allows carbon storage.

 

NGO working in the sector

Nebeday is a Senegalese NGO that promotes participatory management of natural resources by and for the benefit of local communities. Its objective is to help people protect resources and to enhance resources’ value by developing environment-friendly income-generating activities.

The « Plant life » project launched by Nebeday aims at the planting of Moringas by the local populations of Saloum in their concessions. However, the association is aware that to go from a seed to a tree, the hardest part is not to plant the seed but to protect the young tree from many predators such as bush fires or the wandering of cattle, etc. It is therefore also a matter of sensitizing the populations and accompanying them for good management of their tree resources for the future.

The project thinks of encouraging the development of women's entrepreneurship for more than 1200 women around this sector.

 

Impact on biodiversity and local communities

As in many developing countries, a large part of Senegal’s population still heavily depends on natural resources. For rural communities, two-thirds of whom live below the poverty line, the immediate concern is to raise their living standards, even if the means to achieve it lead to a degradation of their environment. For example, slash-and-burn crops, extensive livestock rearing and bush fires are a real plague for these islands. The many consequences, such as soil erosion, decreased soil fertility, desert extension etc. further undermines the living conditions of local populations.

Very often, local populations are not involved in the management processes of these areas and the lack of resources of the forest authorities makes it impossible to initiate conservation initiatives if economic alternatives are not implemented. The project seeks to contribute to the local and sustainable development of communities whose survival is intimately linked to natural resources. It allows direct impacts on environmental (soils’ restructuring, carbon storage), economic (implementation of village tree nurseries, promotion of Moringa leaves, seeds, flowers and roots) and social levels (nutritional value, women empowerment).

 

Man and Nature cannot be hold responsible for any misuse of the information contained in these pages. These factsheets cannot be considered as a therapeutic or medical prescription and cannot in any way replace a consultation with a health professional.

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