Purchasing Moringa

Here are some links for moringa products and sources for bulk moringa leaf or moringa leaf powder:

Moringa prices vary widely depending on the source.  I’ve seen it for as much as $44/lb, or as low as $9, depending on where you look.  My favorite is the last link, zoffs, which offers it for around $15/lb after shipping and handling.  Make sure you ask for the commercial packaging, unless you’re ok with ziplock bags.

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Moringa Links

Moringa is an super cool plant.  I have had arthritis since I was a child and have recently been eating moringa oleifera on a regular basis.  My arthritis has steadily been improving and I have noticed some other benefits.  Here are some links to other pages about it’s many benefits:

There is obviously much work being done with this plant around the world.  I am so excited about it.  It is an excellent plant.  Of all the plants that I grow, it is my absolute favorite.  It grows so beautifully.

How I discovered Moringa

I enjoy growing plants and learning about their growing processes.  My childhood included time living on farms, learning about plants, and I still spend a lot of time in the garden and online learning about plants around the world.

microgreens

Plants absorb sunlight and nutrients from the soil and produce all kinds of awesome stuff.  There is more to it of course, there are insects and other things that exploit their processes.  There are also other things to think about, for instance farming systems effect other biological systems, and the petroleum costs associated with mass production are a major consideration.  Economics and other social structures are also effected by farming and in turn effect farming decisions.  Farming is much more complicated then just putting some stuff in the ground and watering it.

moringa in my garden

So, one day, as was oft to occur, my browser found it’s way to a website where an Indian herb company was advertising their inventory of locally produced herbs (herbs produced on a farm in India).  This was a commercial entity that did not list any information about their products other then their name, so I was going through their inventory and researching things that they produced and became interested when I discovered a page about a farm in South Africa where Moringa was being used to produce livestock feed, and where they included some information about their experiences.

moringa leaves

The more I researched it, the more my interest grew.  What an interesting and amazing plant.  It is nutritional, medicinal and a very vigorously growing tree. Since I live in a temperate zone, I believed it was just another plant that I wouldn’t be able to grow until some mystical date in the future when I might be able to obtain or build a greenhouse. Although it is a tropical tree, I have discovered that it can be grown just about anywhere as an annual with just a little help.

Moringa Cuttings

Three years ago, I began growing it, and have since begun breeding and propagating it.  It’s really amazing.  It can help with many different health problems and can generally improve the quality of life for people.  It is one of the reasons that infant mortality rates are plummeting in in impoverished nations.

Moringa Seedling

One day, I noticed that Moringa seeds were becoming more and more common on ebay, and more articles were being written by people growing it at home, here in The United States of America.  This is significant because it has now become a common food item and is no longer just an imported novelty plant.  Because of the way the USDA handles nutritional supplements, this is important because it is now possible to legally produce nutritional supplements using moringa without having any special certification.

Moringa Smoothie

This year, I am dedicating most of my garden to it.  I am taking moringa as a protein supplement and working out and not only is moringa oleifera packed with healthy, bioavailable protein, it also helps with arthritis which I have had since I was a child.

moringa oleifera

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moringa with mildew

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sprayed with neem oil and soap mixture. these leaves are indicative of a tree that has depleted the soil of a specific nutrient. Once the tree is weakened, it becomes susceptible to mildew if on damp soil, which is the natural preferred habitat of this specific species. So far, fertilizing with npk fertilizer and dilute potassium sulfate hasn’t been ineffective.

moringa frond

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moringa seed pod immature

Alfalfa – Medicago Sativa

There is a lot of good stuff in alfalfa.  It has been used in Chinese and Ayervedic medicine for over a thousand years.  It’s name is derived from Arabic and translates to “father of all foods”.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Chlorophyll
  • Saponins
  • Alkaloids
  • Phytosterols
  • Flavonoids
  • Lutein and other Carotenoids
  • yanogenic glycosides
  • Triterpenes
  • Several Coumarin-related compounds –
  • Enzymes
    • Lipase – fat splitting
    • Amylase – acts on starches
    • Coagulase – coagulates or clots blood
    • Emulsin – acts upon sugar
    • Invertase – converts cane sugar to dextrose
    • Peroxidate – oxidizing effect of the blood
    • Pectinase – forms vegetable jelly
    • Protase – digests proteins

There is some disagreement between some of the different sources about specifically what nutrients are present in alfalfa, and in what quantities.  It is very nutritious though.

Alfalfa has been used for centuries to treat, or cure a variety of ailments including:

  • Ulcers – Alfalfa contains an enzyme called S-Methylmethionine, which is effective at helping people suffering from peptic ulcers
  • Diabetes – Fiber, and a low glycemic-index make alfalfa effective at stabilizing glucose levels when taken regularly.
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Asthma
  • Seasonal allergies – Alfalfa can help reduce the human body’s natural response to allergens.
  • High cholesterol – Saponins and other compounds in the plant bind to bile acid and deter cholesterol absorption in the intestines
  • Inflammatory disorders such as arthritis – Enzyme action helps to relieve inflammation in a variety of ways.
  • Fungus and yeast related issues – Saponins may help break down the cell-membranes of fungi.
  • Menopause – Phytoestrogens may help to balance hormones during menopause.
  • Glucose intolerance – Enzymes present in alfalfa have been shown to reduce symptoms of glucose intolerance for some people.

Recently there has been outbreaks of salmonella associated with alfalfa sprout production.  I believe modern sanitation procedures are available that can completely eliminate any possibility of contamination in the finished product.

Pregnant women should not take alfalfa because it has been shown to increase uterine contractions in lab animals.  Alfalfa also has coumarin related compounds which can effect the thinness of your blood.  See a doctor if you take medication for possible negative interactions.
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List of Gluten Free Flours

I am having trouble finding a clear list of gluten free flours.  My neighbour can’t eat gluten and I owe them a batch of cupcakes because they let me borrow their extension ladder:

Other common gluten free baking ingredients:

  • flax
  • chia
  • xantham
  • skim milk powder (nonfat-dry milk)