Have you heard of the Moringa(Moringa Oleifera) Tree? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. Although the Moringa Oleifera has been used for thousands of years in India’s traditional Ayurveda medicine, most people in the US have never heard of it.
Moringa Oleifera is indigenous to Southern India and Northern Africa, and has been used by the native peoples not only as a food source but as a medicinal plant for treating themselves and their animals. Ayurveda medicine lists 300 different uses for Moringa, from boosting the immune system to it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves of the Moringa even contain complete proteins which are rare in the plant kingdom. Because of the positive effects of Moringa, the World health Organization and European Union now plant and support its cultivation in different locations, including Africa, in order to combat malnutrition. That’s one powerful tree!
So what makes Moringa so good for you and your pets?
- Vitamin A (4X more than Carrots)
- Vitamin B2 (50X more than Sardines)
- Vitamin C (7X more than Oranges)
- Vitamin E (3X more than Spinach)
- Calcium (4X more than Milk)
- Iron (30X more than Spinach)
- Zinc (6X more than Almonds)
- Potassium (3X more than Bananas)
- Dietary Fiber (4X more than Oats)
- Protein (2x more than Cows Milk)
- Contains 18 Amino Acids, 9 essential Amino Acids
Not only does Moringa provide all that nutrition, it also contains powerful antioxidants, and has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
What parts of the Moringa are used?
Many different parts of the Moringa tree are used either medicinally or as a super food. The dried leaves, in whole or powder form, are the most common ways to use Moringa. The oil pressed from the seeds (because of it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties) is often used for healing minor wounds, rashes, abrasions and other skin ailments making it an excellent carrier oil for salves and lotions.
How do I give Moringa to my dog?
Moringa can be added directly to your dog’s food. Just sprinkle the powder directly on their food, or you can mix it with some organic plain yogurt as a snack.
How much do I give my dog?
The typical dosage for dogs can vary and depends on the dog’s weight and if it’s being given for a specific condition. When being used as a supplement to your dogs diet a typical dosage would be ¼ – 1/2 teaspoon for small dogs and cats(up to 20 pounds), 1 teaspoon for medium dogs(20-50 pounds), 2 teaspoons for large dogs(50-100 pounds) 1 tablespoon for XL dogs (over 100 pounds). This is just a general guideline and adjustments can be made as needed. Check with your holistic veterinarian or animal herbalist.
Can I buy Moringa Oil?
Yes you can Moringa Oil and as mentioned above it’s often used as a carrier oil for making healing salves and lotions. You can also make your own Moringa Leaf infused oil by reading my previous blog post “How To Make Herbal Infusions”. Don’t worry it’s easy!
As always buy only certified organic Moringa products to ensure maximum benefits. That way you know you aren’t putting any harmful chemicals or toxins into your dog’s body.
With all it’s nutritional and medicinal powers no wonder the Moringa tree is also known as “The Miracle Tree”!