Moringa: The nutrient-rich, zero waste ingredient
The start of the new year is when we make our positive intentions for the year ahead. In this article, I wanted to introduce a superfood ingredient that can help you achieve so many of your 2019 health and wellness goals - and with the added bonus that it's probably one of the world's most sustainable plant-based ingredients: Moringa.
Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a drought-resistant tree found predominantly in sub-Himalayan India which grows really, really fast: during the first year, the tree can grow up to five meters tall and produce flowers and fruit. This means it provides a food source and income for the organic farmers we work with who produce this highly-prized plant all year round.
And as if its eco credentials couldn't get any better, it's also one of the world's most nutrient-rich plants. All parts of the moringa plant including the bark, roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, sap and pods are a storehouse of nutrients and antioxidants, making it widely known as the "miracle tree". Nothing goes to waste!
Add Moringa to your breakfast smoothie
If you're looking for a way to up the ante on your vitamin intake, Moringa is a great food to include. The nutrient qualities of Moringa have been known for many hundreds of years but have only recently become part of the wellness psyche. The incredible nutritional value of Moringa is best summarised in this extract:
“Ounce for ounce, the leaves of Moringa have more beta-carotene than carrots, more protein than peas, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, and more iron than spinach.”
And compared to some other superfoods which have a rather acquired taste (spirulina comes to mind), Moringa is highly palatable, with a very subtle savoury flavour. When you're next whizzing up your breakfast smoothie, try adding a teaspoon of Moringa, or if that's a bit too much, try sprinkling on your granola, salad or into a glass of coconut water.
Enjoy Moringa in your face mask
While you might be more accustomed to adding Moringa to your morning smoothie, seeing it as part of your skincare could be a first for 2019. If you're looking for more natural skincare this year, keep your eyes peeled for organic Moringa on ingredient lists. Choose organic over natural as this means the Moringa has grown in soil free from synthetic pesticides and artificial chemical fertilisers, meaning the quality of the ingredient is not compromised and richer nutrients for your skin.
Applied topically, Moringa has excellent skincare benefits, in particular: cleansing and anti-aging properties. It is exceptionally high in antioxidants and contains high levels of vitamins A, C and E that promote collagen production, help to rejuvenate skin cells and improve the skin's texture for a smoother, healthier complexion.
It's the perfect ingredient for sensitive skins and those prone to breakouts too.
You'll find Moringa in our Green Clay Face Mask. I enjoy using the Face Mask as part of my Sunday self-care ritual by mixing 1/2 tsp of the Face Mask with 2-3 tsps of raw, organic honey until a paste forms (similar to icing sugar). Use your fingers to apply to dry skin and enjoy the vibrant green glow for 5-10 minutes before washing off with warm water - you can use the Organic Muslin Facial Cloth to remove any excess. Splash your face with some cold water to close your pores and then apply a couple of drops of the Organic Facial Oil to finish.
And if one of your goals this year is to make more zero waste commitments, you can reuse the glass jar once you've finished with the Face Mask. My favourite way is to upcycle the jar as a home for my succulents. How do you like to upcycle your BY SARAH?
Written by: Lauren, COO, BY SARAH
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