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Moringa Oil for Healthy Hair Growth

Moringa oil has properties that are beneficial in all parts of your hair regimen. We’ve put together some beauty tips, powered by the goodness of Moringa, to nourish your tresses from root to tip!

Pre-Poo

In case you’re not in the know, pre-pooing is the process of applying oil to curly hair to make detangling easier before shampooing.

Use Moringa oil to get your hair soft and ready for your wash day, it works to fight dandruff and split ends.

Deep Conditioning

You might have skipped the pre-poo, or just want to give your hair a pamper session by deep conditioning. Great idea! Grab some Moringa oil to make a hair mask or hot oil treatment.

Moringa oil contains high levels of vitamin A and E, Biotin, Zinc and Silica which are connected to stimulating hair growth. Here’s what they do for you:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is critical in hair growth. If your body does not get enough of it, it can lead to alopecia (hair loss).


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. A Universiti Sains Malaysia study showed that people suffering hair loss and took vitamin E supplements showed a 34.5% increase in hair growth.


Biotin

Biotin is one of the eight B vitamins, that keeps us all healthy and energized from day to day. Biotin deficiencies can lead to several health problems, including hair loss.

 

Zinc

Zinc is important for hair tissue’s growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.


Silica

Silica is an essential part of your body’s development. And when it comes to your hair’s development, if you’re low on Silica your hair grows slower and becomes more brittle.


Now that your hair is conditioned, style it!


Styling

Moringa oil can be a great part of your styling process. After washing your hair apply Moringa oil to your strands and massage your scalp with it. It will moisturize your scalp and strengthen your hair at the same time. It’s a lightweight, dry oil that is easily absorbed by hair and not likely to weigh it down.

 

Pamper yourself, while you pamper your hair and grab a magazine or watch a movie while you let your Moringa oil work on your hair!

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Million Moringa Tree Campaign

Happy Earth Day everyone!!

In honor of this most special of holidays, we’re kicking off a campaign to plant One Million Moringa Trees!

For every purchase made through truemoringa.com, from today until the end of 2017, we’re going to plant a moringa tree in the name of each one of our customers.

Many of you have already experienced the incredible benefits of nutrient-packed moringa oil for your skin and bodies. Now you’ll have the chance to directly impact communities in Ghana, as each tree planted will help improve the local environment, mitigate climate change, increase nutrition, and generate income for farmers and farming families.

We spoke to some of our dedicated growers about the role moringa has played in their lives. Akosua Krah (pictured above) responded,

“I want to show everyone how great moringa is. This crop is helping me take care of my children, so that in the future they’ll be able to care for me too. Everyone in the community should be farming moringa. We will benefit from it, and our grandchildren will benefit as well.”

Since 2012, we’ve planted more than 300,000 moringa trees in Ghana—but this year we’re upping the ante. Over the next several months we’re going to build the largest certified organic moringa farm in all of Africa. It's going to be a space where people can learn about organic, sustainable agriculture, and see for themselves how thoughtful farming practices benefit the soil and surrounding environment.

The space will provide employment opportunities as well as a low-cost nutritional food source for community members and their families. 

Earth Day only comes around once a year, but collectively we can make the effects last forever by consciously making decisions that are not only good for ourselves, but are good for the Earth, and all the people in it, even those we don't come into contact with directly. 

Next time you purchase a True Moringa product, remember you're bringing us one tree closer to our Million Moringa goal!

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Everything You Need to Know About Essential Oils

What Are Essential Oils?

What we now call “essential oils” comes from the term “quintessential oils”. This stems from the belief that matter is composed from earth, air, fire and water - the four elements. A fifth element would be spirit or life force. The idea was when extracting essential oils you were removing the spirit of the plant. That’s also why we call brandy and whiskey “spirits”.

Essential oils are concentrated oils made from distilling or expressing the oils from the plant. They are different from perfume or fragrance oils and are able to provide health and therapeutic benefits that perfume and fragrance oils cannot.

Essential oils are popular because they are filled with antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties without any side effects.


How to Choose Your Essential Oils

Not all essential oils are created equal. The quality of the oil and the price is determined by several factors including;

  • how rare the plant is
  • how much oil is produced by the plant
  • the country the plant is grown
  • the distillation (or expression) process and
  • if the oil is pure or has been diluted with other oils to bring the cost down.

You can purchase essential oils on their own or as blends, but be cautious when shopping for bargains. A lot of the time the price is connected to the quality of the oil.

 

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils have many uses. You can use them to cook, clean, bake, as medicine and in your beauty regimens.

Before using the oil of your choice, make sure to know its strength. Not all essential oils can be used directly on your skin, some need to be diluted with carrier oils to be used safely.

 

How to Store Your Essentials

So you know what essential oils are now, you know what they’re used for and how they’re priced. But once you get them how do you store them?

Essential oils need to be stored in dark, airtight, glass bottles because exposure to light, oxygen, and heat causes chemical changes in the oil over time. Your oils need to be kept away from heat.

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A Conversation With Emmanuel Nartey of Moringa Connect

For a first-hand perspective on the impact of the miracle moringa tree in Ghana, I spoke with Emmanuel Nartey, a Moringa Extension officer for Moringa Connect, our parent company.

After studying Agriculture and the Preservation of Biophysical Resources at the University of Ghana Farms, Kade, Emmanuel has been working with the Peace Corps as a supervisor to Agriculture Volunteers for over a decade. In addition to studying traditional agricultural sciences like tree crop management and soil conservation, Emmanual is interested in expanding his horizons to newer techniques, and even told me he’s currently raising snails in addition to poultry, rabbits and bees.

How is moringa impacting people’s lives in Ghana?

In Ghana, people are already fairly familiar with the benefits of eating moringa leaves. A big part of my earlier work included training women to use the leaves in food preparation—especially pregnant and lactating mothers, as it’s high in nutrients and increases milk production.

More recently, people are realizing economic and environmental benefits as well. People can make a lot more money from the seeds, which are used in oil production, than from the leaves alone. Moreover, moringa is drought tolerant and can be grown on plots of land that aren’t suitable for food crops. Moringa also has a very short gestation period (bears fruit after only 15 months, compared to cocoa which takes 3-5 years), so farmers are able to earn a good income, quickly, and on land that would otherwise be considered useless.

What is your role as an Extension Officer with Moringa Connect? 

As an Extension Officer, I work directly with smallholder farmers, training them in best practices for growing moringa, and troubleshooting with them on agriculture issues they experience on their farms. I also advise Moringa Connect on how to specialize their programs so that they are uniquely relevant to the different regions in which they work.

What is Moringa Connect’s role in expanding moringa production in Ghana?

When Moringa Connect first arrived here it was difficult for them to gain trust with Ghanaian farmers. We’d had issues where foreign companies came in the past and convinced farmers to grow sunflowers, but when it came time to buy them back, no one ever showed up. Once Moringa Connect proved to us that they were here to stay, people gained confidence in the company as well as the product.

Now a big part of what we’re doing is trying to develop higher yielding seeds. The Extension Officers and farmers study the trees and save the seeds from the highest yielding to replant the following season.

Moringa Connect is also encouraging farmers to plant completely organically, which is uncommon here. Because a lot of the soil here is low in nutrients, most crops can’t be grown without pesticides and fertilizers, but because moringa is such a hearty crop, and is resistant to many local pests and crop diseases, farmers are realizing that it can be grown in a much more eco-friendly manner.

 

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6 Herbs That Are As Good For Your Skin As For Your Kitchen--And How To Grow Them

Take DIY to the next level while testing your green thumb! Here are 6 herbs that are essential to skincare and can be grown in your window.
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