There’s a reason moringa oil is a rising star in the cosmetics industry. Actually, there’s several. So much more than just a passing trend, moringa is full of nutrients and medicinal properties that make it ideal for skin and hair care. I’m gonna break down a few of the real scientific properties of moringa oil, and how our natural processing technique at True Moringa maximizes the health benefits to our bodies.
NUTRIENTS & ANTIOXIDANTS
Moringa oil is chock full of antioxidants and Vitamin E, which are great agents for youthful, vibrant skin. Antioxidants limit the production of free radicals, which damage healthy skin cells and cause premature aging. They also have skin firming and anti-inflammation properties, helping to fight acne breakouts, smooth wrinkles, and create an overall more even skin tone. By increasing blood flow to the dermis, these nutrients help to heal sun-damaged skin and reduce the appearance of scar tissue and stretch marks.
Moringa oil also contains Vitamin A, which helps stimulate the formation of connective tissues like collagen in the skin, and prevents collagen breakdown. It also has an uncommon sugar molecule, called glucomoringin, with exceptional medicinal properties, including anti-cancer, antibacterial, and hypotensive characteristics.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Moringa oil has a high concentration of oleic, linoleic, behemic, and many other essential fatty acids that are valued in the cosmetic industry. These are highly moisturizing acids that are light and easily absorbed by the skin, enhance the skin’s permeability, and even fight skin infections.
COLD-PRESSED TRUE MORINGA OIL
Our natural cold-pressed method of extraction is ideal for maximizing the medicinal and cosmetic properties of moringa oil, and is safer than chemical extraction processes. The cold-press method has been proven to yield an oil with a lower density, higher viscosity, and higher oleic acid content. This means that our oil is the ideal texture and consistency for use on hair and skin.
Oil content is also dependent on outside influences like the environment in which it’s grown, and cultivation practices. That’s why we source our moringa from rural Ghana, where the seed oil is especially high in behenic and linoleic acids, and from farmers we trust, who care about producing the highest quality moringa, using proven sustainable techniques.
In countries around the world, moringa is hailed as the “Miracle Tree.”
For folks that don’t believe in miracles, this may seem a little over the top—but there are reasons for moringa’s glorified reputation, and the growing body of scientific research to support those claims might just turn the staunchest of skeptics into believers.
Moringa has been around for centuries, but it’s gained a lot of popularity over the last few decades for its potential economic, nutritional, health, and environmental benefits, particularly in development projects throughout Africa and beyond.
Literally every part of the tree is useful—and not just to humans, but for animals and soil fertility as well. To start, it’s a nitrogen-fixing legume, so growing it in depleted, sandy soils will actually restore nutrients and enhance soil fertility. And because it’s a relatively small tree, it’s ideal for seeding in and around gardens as a companion plant for lower growing crops. Its reliably straight, narrow trunk makes it a great alternative fence post in areas where deforestation means fencing materials are in short supply.
Moringa is also resilient. It’s earned the name “nébéday” (never die) in many African dialects because it can survive drought, pests, poor soil quality, and being chopped down to a stump. Just give it a little water and love, and moringa will grow back.
But the most powerful qualities of moringa lie in its incredible leaves and seeds. Moringa leaves, per gram, have more calcium than milk, more protein than eggs, more iron than spinach, more vitamin A than carrots, and can be used to help nursing mothers increase their milk production. Nutrition specialists recommend moringa be planted in areas where famine and malnutrition are common, and as its qualities have become more well known, there’s a rising market of health-conscious consumers for moringa leaf powder in stable regions as well.
The seeds from the moringa tree produce a light, high quality oil that is perfect for topical use. It’s packed full of antioxidants and fatty acids that nourish the skin and hair, with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties that heal and sooth damaged skin. The crushed moringa seeds also act as a flocculant, clearing up turbidity in water, buffering pH levels, and even treating water for microbes. In addition to the seeds, the roots, leaves, bark, flower and gum have all been used in traditional healing for their various medicinal properties. (More on that here)
Beyond the human uses, the leaves and seeds of moringa can be used as animal fodder, fertilizer, and green manure.
With a growing demand for moringa products like moringa oil and moringa leaf powder in the global west, there are opportunities for small farmers in tropical areas where moringa grows best to earn a livelihood from the plant. As farmers reap the nutritional and agricultural benefits of growing moringa, they are also able to generate income from the sale or export of its leaves and seeds, lifting them out of poverty. Even if you don’t believe in miracles, you can’t argue that moringa hasn’t earned its venerated status. Moringa is without a doubt the most sustainable tree.
When you’re going grocery shopping this week, add a few items to your list that will nourish your tummy and your hair! We've put together three DIY hair masks you can make with food from the kitchen - just add moringa oil for a home-salon treat alone or as a girls’ night in.
This recipe is a great deep conditioner because of the antioxidants found in Moringa and Avocado. The lemon is great for itchy scalps and/or preventing dandruff.
You will need:
Mash the avocado in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them all together. Apply the mixture to damp, clean hair and also massage it onto your scalp. Put a shower cap on your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.
This is a great time to catch up on your favorite shows, talk to the girls, make something for your stomach (now that your hair has been fed) etc. Rinse out after the time is up and wash your hair as usual.
You already know how great Moringa is, but did you know honey is a humectant? It naturally attracts moisture. Tea Tree oil stimulates hair growth and bananas, the base of this mask, are rich in potassium (hair strengthening).
You will need:
Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them all together. Apply the mixture to damp, clean hair and also massage it onto your scalp. Put a shower cap on your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Casually take any other bananas you have left add some honey and milk. Mix in a blender. You’ve now made yourself a smoothie while you wait.
Is this a hair mask or a really good dessert?
You will need:
Stir the ingredients together in a bowl. Apply the mixture to damp, clean hair and also massage it onto your scalp. Put a shower cap on your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.Bon appetit to you and your hair!