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Moringa Oil – The Top 12 Health Benefits & Uses

 

Before we dive right into the top health benefits of moringa oil, it might help to understand where it comes from and what it’s actually made of.  This will give you a bit more context to why it works in the ways it does.

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Where Does Moringa Seed Oil Come From?

Moringa seed oil is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also called the “miracle tree,” for its many health benefits and uses. You can use everything from the tree – including seed, bark, leaves, and oil, making it a cost-effective and highly sustainable plant. Moringa seed oil is often called Ben oil, because it has about 9% behenic acid by weight, which is actually pretty high for a seed.

The tree grows long pods that can be up to a foot length, and the seeds have an outer hull protecting an inner seed kernal. This seed kernal contains about 40% oil by weight, and can be processed different ways to extract the oil. We prefer cold-pressing, because it helps the oil retain its nutritional and structural properties. However, cold-pressing also extracts the least amount of oil, so some manufacturers will heat the seeds or add solvents to produce more oil.

According to A Healthy Leaf, it takes about 500 moringa seeds, or 35 mature seed pods, to produce 1 oz of cold pressed oil. That is why high quality moringa seed oil can be as much as $10 / oz. We definitely think it is worth the extra few dollars to get the highest quality product and therefore the highest quality health benefits.

Another factor to consider is there are many varieties of moringa oil, depending on the type of moringa tree it came from and the region of the world. Moringa can have different properties, potency, color and odor if it comes from trees other than moringa oleifera. In our opinion, moringa oleifera has the most potent health benefits and has a sweet, nutty flavor which makes it easy and fun to use in so many ways.

What is Moringa Seed Oil Composition ?

* About 72% of it is oleic acid, an Omega-9 fatty acid, making it a great for brain, heart, and overall health. Olive oil is also high in Omega-9, which is why it can be used to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and many other health benefits. Dr. Axe found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that the use of oleic acid showed increased energy, increased physical activity and even less anger.

* It is high in Vitamin E which is a strong antioxidant that prevents free radical damage both internally and also used topically on the skin.

* Cold-pressed moringa seed oil contains many phytosterols, which are found in the membranes of plants. Phytosterols have been shown to reduce blood pressure by 9-17% in statin users. Some foods containing the highest naturally-occurring sterols are oils, seeds (sesame seeds, sunflower seeds), and nuts (pistachios, almonds).

* Three of the sterols in moringa are sisterol, which is a strong antioxidant and anti-diabetic, campesterol is a strong anti-inflammatory and used in arthritis, and stigmasterol, which reduces absorption of cholesterol and lowers blood glucose.

* Moringa oil is 18mg RAE per gram when measuring flavonoids. Flavonoids are the responsible for the rich color in plants, so a plant high in chlorophyll is very, very green. Flavonoids are powerful anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, and immune system boosters. Flavonoid–rich food have been researched for prevention against cancer, nervous system and cardiovascular diseases.

The Top 12 Health Benefits of Moringa Oil-

1) Psoriasis & Eczema

Moringa oil is anti-inflammatory & moisturizing for dry, cracked, red, and irritated skin. At a typical doctor’s office, cortisone cream is often given for these conditions. If used over time, cortisone cream (which is a steroid), can weaken your body’s resistance, weaken the tissue it is being applied to, and actually irritate the skin more.

2) Acne

Depending on what is causing the acne, moringa oil can help minimize bacteria in the area due to its antimicrobial properties. It cannot erase a bad diet, so the number one priority with acne is taking a look at what you are eating, and eliminating things like dairy and processed foods and sugar. Other things to consider when finding the root of the problem is looking at hormones, stress, other medications, and skin-irritating activities. Moringa oil is high in Vitamin C and fatty acids which helps with skin repair and scarring from acne. Our favorite acne scar treatments is mixing moringa oil with essential oils. Dr. Axe gives detailed descriptions of his top 4 favorite essential oils which are tea tree oil, clary sage, lavender, and juniper berry. We usually do a 2:1 ratio of moringa oil to essential oil on the scar for maximum benefit.

3) Fungal Infections

The most common fungal infections are athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Common ways to prevent fungal infections is wearing shoes while showering or walking in public places like gyms or on exercise mats, cleaning exercise mats in between uses, washing toes and feet properly after sweating, changing socks and clothes after hard exercise / sweat, and making sure nail salons use sterilized equipment. Fungus likes dark, damp places, so preventing that environment for it to grow is a great preventative measure. We really like using moringa oil as a carrier oil with other essential oils to make a safe, non-irritating home remedy. Moringa also has anti-fungal properties of its own, so mixing it with things like oregano oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon, close, or francinsense can produce a pretty powerful anti-fungal blend. Our favorite mix is 6 drops of moringa oil with 2 drops of oregano oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil and applied directly to the skin. According to Dr. Axe, some studies suggest oregano oil contains up to 71% phenols, which are the antiseptic active ingredients that kill fungus on contact.

4) Scars, Burns, Cuts

Some of our favorite oils to mix with moringa oil for scarring is Vitamin E, coconut oil, emu oil and argan oil. These would all be a great base to make your own blend for c-sestion scars, post-surgical scars, road rashes & scrapes, and minor cuts and burns. They are all high in omega fatty acids and antioxidants that helps skin repair faster without forming unwanted keloid scarring. Helichrysum is a great essential oil along with lavender to heal skin faster without scarring.

5) Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Collagen decreases as we age, which is why older people have more fine lines and wrinkles than when they were younger. Moringa contains antioxidants, nutrients, and fatty acids that get easily absorbed deep into the skin layers. It is also high in Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production and the healing of wounds. Argan oil is also great for fine lines and wrinkles, so our favorite nighttime eye wrinkle oil is a 1:1 ratio of argan oil and moringa seed oil.

6) Dandruff & Dry Hair

Dandruff is actually caused by an oily scalp, which can encourage a yeast to grow. It is important to get the pH balance of your scalp regulated soDryness can be a deeper issue related to hormones, stress, age, and diet. It is important to look into these factors when a symptom like dry hair or dandruff comes up. Is this the only symptom or is there also hair loss, dry skin, dry nails, dizzyness etc? Going to a Chinese Medicine practitioner, an Ayervedic doctor, or a naturopath can look into other factors of your health. For purely dandruff and dry hair, moringa is extremely nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. It can easily be added to your conditioner or made into a hot oil treatment for dry hair or dandruff. We like to make a hair mask using coconut butter, coconut oil, moringa oil, and moisturizing and anti-inflammatory which can relieve a dry, irritated scalp. you can also add a few drops to your existing conditioner for an extra shine / gloss.

7) Liver Health

Liver function is vital to overall health and longevity. Moringa can support liver function and detoxification. According to Healthy and Natural World, the Journal of Food Science found that moringa seed oil contains compounds which helps clear free radicals that can lead to liver disease. The oil was used successfully to repair liver damage from hepatitis, and can be used for other liver disorders. It boosts liver function to detoxify heavy metals that can accumulate in the body from environmental toxins, food, and other health and beauty products. ALT and AST levels monitor the liver function and toxicity levels, and moringa has been shown to lower these markers in blood tests.

8) Joint Pain

Moringa has powerful natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with anything from acute injuries to chronic joint pain. Many people claim inflammation to be the major cause of many diseases and aging. If we can reduce and manage the levels of inflammation in our bodies, we would live longer and healthier lives. According to Healthy and Natural World the journal Inflammation found that moringa seeds can reduce inflammation in chronic diseases, and other studies have found it helpful in rheumatoid arthritis by suppressing the immune systems overreactive response that causes inflammation. Moringa oil can be used as a carrier oil along with peppermint oil to relieve achy joints and muscles.

9) Gum Health

A good dental cleaning can sometimes cause some gum irritation. We like to use a few drops of moringa oil on our gums after our cleanings to reduce any redness, irritation, and inflammation caused during treatment. We also like to use it prophylactically in a mouthwash. We mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 10 drops tea tree oil, 5 drops spearmint or peppermint essential oils, and 5 drops moringa oil for an excellent DIY mouthwash that is non-toxic and super effective for overall mouth health.

10) Emotions

Knowing its affects on the liver, it would make sense that moringa would help calm emotions. In Chinese Medicine, when the organ system of the Liver is out of balance, there is irritability and anger. I would imagine the effects on the liver enzymes would translate to the Liver system and liver channel in Chinese Medicine. Liver channel symptoms are tight tendons, ribside pain, restlessness, bitter taste in the mouth, and abdominal distention. Herbs like mint and dandelion greens calm and detox the liver, so adding a few drops of moringa oil to your afternoon mint tea can be an added bonus for liver health.

11) Sunburns, Rashes, Scrapes

Whether you are an elite tri-athlete or every-day beach goer, it’s hard to get through life without an occasional scrape or sunburn. We like to add a few drops of moringa oil to aloe for an even better sunburn treatment for added anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. We also like to use moringa oil instead of products with harsh chemicals like cortisone or hydrogen peroxide for minor scrapes and rashes. These harsh products kill the good cells along with the bad cells, and often prolong healing time and scarring. Moringa oil is naturally anti-bacterial and full of nutrients that can help heal minor skin abrasions faster.

12) Cooking

Moringa oil has a rich nutty taste, and can be added to so many dishes for taste and added health benefits. We like to make salad dressings with a 1:1 ratio of olive oil and moringa oil blended with balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs like thyme, basil or parsley. It can also be easily added to your morning smoothie along with avocado, cacao powder, and fresh coconut for amazing good fats to start your day.

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Best in Health,

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