Moringa Health Benefits
Tired of always looking for the perfect beauty product for your skin and hair? Imagine your skin on a layer of cosmetics – a layer of primer, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, highlights, and so much more. Aside from that, imagine harmful environmental hazards – pollution, direct UV light, extreme weather and so on. Imagine what a day of those can do to your skin.
At the end of the day, it is important to cleanse your skin from cosmetic residue, dirt, oil, sebum and so on. On the other hand, cleansing is not enough. You need to nourish, moisturize, and protect your skin. You also need to provide your skin supportive amount of vitamins and minerals to keep it young, soft, supple, and most of all, healthy.
Moringa, or ‘moringa oleifera’, is the widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa. Its healing wonders has been known all over the world. Over the years, it has been known for its medicinal and healing properties that it has become the treatment of choice for common skin and hair ailments. It has made its debut as medicinal herb as early as 2000 B.C. in India and it has been listed in the archives of Ayurvedic medicine as medicinal cure for over 300 ailments and diseases.
Here are 10 moringa benefits for healthy skin and hair:
1. Moringa is a powerhouse of nutrients: the bark, roots, leaves, seeds, sap, and even flowers possess numerous nutrients and antioxidants. Moringa is always referred to as the ‘miracle tree’ for its exceedingly many health, skin, and hair benefits.
2. It possess all the essential amino acids needed by the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Without it, cells cannot be repaired and maintained – this, in lieu, makes skin dry and susceptible to bacterial and fungal infection and hair to breakage. The eight essential amino acids, which the body does not produce but is in moringa include: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, metheonine, phenyalanine, threonine, trytohyan, and valine.
3. Malunggay has always been known in traditional medicine as antiseptic of choice. It is the emergency treatment of choice for wounds over the years – this is due to its potent antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. In a recent study it was found out that handwashing with malunggay is as effective as hand washing with soap. In fact, malunggay is a recommended alternative when soap is not readily available.
4. In a recent study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information – it was found out that malunggay has significant antimicrobial properties against common micro organisms.
5. Moringa has the unique ability to combat the following microorganisms: gram positive bacillus cereus, (bacteria commonly found in food and soil and is related to food borne illnesses), and bacillus subtillis staphylococcus aureus (responsible for a wide range of infections from skin ailments to life threatening diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, toxic shock symdrome, and even sepsis).
6. Moringa is also scientifically proven to combat complex microorganisms such as gram negative escherichia coli (generally found in human feces and is related to foodborne diseases), and acid fast mycobacterium phlei (mycobacteria related to respiratory infections).
7. Malunggay is known for its healing properties – as it contains 90 nutrients and 46 types of anti-oxidants. It has seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times vitamin A than carrots, four times calcium than milk, three times potassium than bananas, and twice the protein of yogurt.
8. Packed with vitamin A, malunggay ensures optimum delivery of oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles – making sure that every strand is nourished and oxygenated. It is also rich in zinc which strengthens the immune function of skin. Zinc and silica, together with vitamin A, makes sure that sebaceous glands are free from occlusion.
9. Moringa has anti aging properties as it aids in the production of collagen and keratin. Collagen and keratin,along with elastin, are essential proteins that keep skin soft and supple. Malunggay is known for its anti aging properties that keeps the seven signs of skin aging at bay.
10. The Moringa-O2 line combines the vitamin powerhouse of moringa or malunggay, olive oil, and omega oil from sunflower seed. Olive oil is known for its deep moisturizing and astringent properties. Omega oil (from sunflower seed), meanwhile, is rich in vitamin E which is a strong antioxidant and helps keep wrinkles, along with the seven signs of skin aging, at bay.
Moringa-o2 offers a wide selection of natural skin and hair products: for hair (scalp and skin therapy oil, herbal shampoo with argan oil, herbal conditioner with argan oil, and hair relaxing serum with argan oil); for face (herbal soap, herbal toner, and hair scalp and skin therapy oil); and for body (insect repellant, herbal moisturizing lotion, herbal soap, and hair scalp and skin therapy oil).