Monday, September 03, 2007

Moringa, Malunggay or Sajina

In English, it is called Moringga. In the Philippines it is widely known as Malunggay or in Indian Subcontinent and South East Asian it is called Sajina. This tropical plant have many uses. Infact, scientific Doctors have discovered and made malunggay seeds and leaves into a medicine in the form of capsules. Flowers, leaves, young pods and roots are being utilized. And these plant tree is not only useful but it is the most nutritional vegetable and a herbal plant.
Facts and uses about this plant tree are as follows:

1. Flowers, leaves and pods are eaten as a vegetables. It is teh best source of calcium, iron, phosphorus and vitamins A, B and C.

2. A volatile oil, called Ben oil which can be extracted from flowers in the enfleurage process can be use as illuminant, ointment base and absorbent. It is also helpful for arthritic pains, rheumatic and gouty joints.

3. Young leaves increases the flow of milk, which is best for mothers who just gave birth. In the Philippines is it practice that after the mother gave birth, they will give them a soup from Moringa leaves (usually mixed with chicken meat, just boil it and season to taste).

4. Decoction of boiled roots is used to wash sores and ulcers. It is also use as gargle for horseness and sore throat.

5. Boiled leaves is used to help increase lactation. Seeds of Moringa is best for hypertension, gout, asthma, hiccups, and for diuretic. For rheumatic complaints, seeds being decocted or powdered roasted seeds are applied to affected area.

6. The roots has the taste of horseradish. This plant is drought resistant and grows in practically all kinds of well-drained soils. It helps conserve water by shedding leaves during dry season.

7. Pounded fresh leaves mixed with coconut oil applied to wounds and cuts.

8. The flowers boiled with soy milk thought to have aphrodisiac quality.

Planting Moringa in our backyard is not only beneficial to our environment but to humans as well. It does not only give fresh air but also helps us in so many ways that we can think of. Some of the Filipinos use this as a boarder plant as well. It is a multi-purpose plant. This plant can be wild-crafted and propagation is by seeds and stem cuttings.

13 comments:

Lordmanilastone said...

I have seen Moringa featured on Mel and Jay a week ago I think. I have been wondering what the English term for Malunggay is. Gosh, good thing I dropped by. Thanks for the information. ^^

Lovelyn said...

hi, ur welcome. i just recently knew its english term when i did research also.

Anonymous said...

In Sri Lanka it is called Murunga. it is delicious in a curry cooked in coconut milk flavoured with turmeric.

Rafeeq said...

how u got the word sajina for muringa, pls clear it,
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ashfaque ahmed said...

In Bangladesh we callit sajina and thanks for the inclusion. I was looking for more information and landed on this site.
Thanks

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