Topical Application Of Moringa Oleifera

Topical application

In some cases, the extract maybe applied to the skin to reduce swelling, irritation or the spread of infection such as in the case of snakebite. As it is useful as a topical application in reducing bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, it can also be used to reduce skin inflammation and dandruff.

Topical application of moringa oleifera assists in reducing inflammation of gums and abscesses. Within the same domain, it is useful in treating Athletes Foot, warts and open wounds. Successful treatment of cancer and chronic conditions such as asthma have made moringa particularly popular as a remedy. Local application of moringa works as a drying agent, and is therefore preferred for use as an astringent among people with oily skin types.

Other applications

Because of these properties of astringent and drying action, the use of moringa has found its way into preparation of hair care products as well. It is also used in the manufacture of perfumes and machine lubricants.

The most useful part of the moringa oleifera is the leaves, followed by the pods which are also known as drumsticks. Oil is extracted from the seeds. Even the flowers of the tree have their uses and are commonly used in cooking in India. The taste is said to be similar to that of mushrooms. Nutritional significance is found mostly in the leaves, which are a natural source of Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Protein and Potassium.

Consumption as food

The seed pods are commonly used in cooking and have a very gentle taste. As such, they make an excellent addition to broths, stews, side dishes, and as standalone dishes. The skin of the pods can be rather tough, but upon peeling, the flesh is as soft as that of any vegetable, and can be used mainly after par-boiling. At this point of cooking, various seasonings are added and are absorbed by the seed pod. The delicate flavour is highly sought after in Asian cuisine and makes these dishes quite delicious.