Moringa & Me

 

Have you ever heard of Moringa?  I think I saw something about it several months ago but since I was doing research on something else at the time I didn’t pay much attention to it. But upon a recent visit with family in California, my sister-in-love mentioned that she had been taking Moringa seeds for a few weeks and asked if I knew anything about them. Auntie SBF is diabetic and suffers from both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. She said that since she had been taking the Moringa seeds she had noticed that the inflammation and pain in her joints had gone down, that her blood sugar levels were stable and that she had also lost a little bit of weight. Since this was the second time the topic had come up and Auntie SBF was giving me live testimony about it, I promptly set about educating myself on the mysterious Moringa.

It turns out that Moringa is a tree native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India and has a multitude of benefits and uses; from water purification to herbal medicine to treating malnutrition. It really is quite interesting and I encourage you to read more about it here.

Dealing with some health issues of my own about a decade ago brought me to the firm belief that each of us is responsible for our own health. We have unlimited information at our disposal and really have no excuse not to self-educate ourselves on the things that affect us. In as such, I have become my own best “doctor”. After all, who knows my body better than I? So after just enough research to peak my interest, I bought some Moringa seeds of my own.                                                                     

My research discovered that Moringa is packed with nutrients like Vitamins A, C & E, calcium, and potassium. It contains protein, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, polyphenols and ascorbic acid. It fights inflammation, supports brain health, protects the liver and helps wounds to heal faster.  These points alone had me convinced that Moringa seeds were worth a try. Then I found that Moringa also helps with weight loss and that was it. I was on board. Mr. SBF even decided to give them a try! I promptly ordered some seeds from Amazon so they would be waiting for us when we got home.

As soon as we were home, I began taking two seeds per day and Mr. SBF began with one. Let me say right here, Moringa seeds have a very distinct flavor. Mr. SBF and I both agree that they are bitter at the end but for me, they can be overpoweringly sweet. I personally have to chew them with a mouth full of food or the sweetness simply gags me. Mr. and Auntie SBF don’t seem to have that issue with them though.

Other than the flavor, I didn’t notice any other effects from the seeds right away but Mr. SBF did. He noticed an increase in energy almost immediately as if he had just drunk a shot of espresso. On the other hand, after just a couple of days, we both saw a decrease in number when we stepped onto the scale. WooHoo! After about two weeks, though, the weight loss flattened out and we didn’t notice the seeds having any other effects on us. So, I went back to my research and decided that I would order some Moringa powder which is the leaf of the tree, dried and ground into a powder that you add to liquids or foods of your choice. It is now considered to be a “super food”.

Once I received my powder, I immediately began using it. I simply make a cup of “tea” out of it and enjoy it at some point during the day. It has a nice mild “green” flavor. Once I began drinking it, in addition to my two seeds in the morning, I noticed that I did feel like I had more energy and I began to see both a decrease in numbers on the scale as well as a decrease around my middle. Yay Moringa!

It has been a few weeks now and both Mr. SBF and I have recently increased our seed intake. I am up to 3-6 seeds per day and he is up to 2-4 per day. I continue to drink the powder as well. We are definitely reaping the benefits of this amazing plant and I will update you later on our progress. In the meantime, maybe take a look at Moringa for yourself and give it a try. If you do, I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!

Don’t forget to check back with us here for updates on our progress!

 

***Disclaimer: Information shared here is the express opinion and personal experience of the author who is neither a doctor or healthcare professional.

 

Some of Our Favorite Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated oils that naturally occur in plants which are extracted via steam and/or water distillation, expression or cold-pressing, or by maceration distillation. Different methods are used on different plants but the results are the same; aromatic, beneficial oils that can be used in a variety of ways.

There is some controversy about the use and benefits of essential oils but as with anything else, do your own research and make the decision that is best for you and your family. Personally, we love using essential oils. We use them around the house, on our bodies and as a form of dietary supplementation as well.

Lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and frankincense all contain compounds which help with relaxation. That’s why I use a blend of these oils on my pillow and bed sheets. Mr. SBF has seasonal allergy flare-ups so he prefers eucalyptus oil sprinkled onto his pillow. Eucalyptus helps with congestion and inflammation, so a few drops of eucalyptus oil on his pillow help his nasal passages to remain clear while he sleeps.

Sweet orange oil helps to boost the lymphatic and immune systems and helps to calm nerves. One of my favorite uses for this oil is to add it to my diffuser while I yoga. The aroma is simply wonderful. I also like to use a ginger and cinnamon oil combination in my diffuser simply because I love the smell! But ginger oil is wonderful for an upset stomach and cinnamon oil is great for brushing teeth and for cleaning.

Lemon oil is great for cleaning as well and sometimes I will add a drop or two to my lemon scones to give them an extra boost of lemon flavor!

And my “life-saving” favorite is peppermint. Peppermint oil helps to calm nerves, soothes sore muscles, clears the mind and contains antimicrobial properties. But I use it mainly when something I eat doesn’t agree with me. A drop or two of peppermint oil under my tongue does the trick in a matter of minutes. It truly feels like a ‘life-saver” when I’m in pain!

Always exercise caution when using essential oils as they are highly concentrated. When used on the skin, it is recommended that most oils be used in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. And if you are going to ingest an essential oil, do so in moderation and add it to something that it can adhere to, such as something oily or “fatty”. Buy quality, therapeutic grade oils and research them before you use them. But don’t be afraid of them! There are countless things on the market that are labeled as “food” which will harm you far worse than essential oils will.

If you’re skeptical about essential oils, I would encourage you to give one a try. Choose one that has benefits to a mental or health issue you might be having. Begin by simply removing the cap and inhaling the aroma a few times per day. Aromatherapy is a wonderful thing. Once you get comfortable with that, do some research into the other ways you can use that oil for the issue you are experiencing. Implement the uses for that oil for a month and take note of how it is helping. Once you realize the benefits of one oil, you will grow in confidence for using others.

Don’t rush. Be wise. Take good care! And please visit us again soon!

 

***Disclaimer: Information shared here is the express opinion and personal experience of the author who is neither a doctor or healthcare professional.