Moringa is type of tree native to Asia and parts of Africa, but can also be found in India, Ethiopia, the Phillipines and Sudan. In some cases, it can be cultivated in parts of Latin America, the Carribean, Florida, and the Pacific Islands. Moringa is an excellent crop, due to the fact it grows quickly, even in less than ideal conditions. The use of moringa can be dated back to 2000 B.C. when it was used in an ancient medicinal practice in India known as Ayurveda. The benefits of moringa were well known and even believed to have played a role in the defeat of Alexander the Great, whose enemies regularly consumed moringa. Outside of medicinal use, moringa was historically used by the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, who extracted edible oils from the seeds to be used as perfume and fragrance for cosmetics. In the 19th century, moringa was grown on plantations in the West Indies and the oil was then exported to Europe for use as a lubricant in machinery.
Moringa is believed to be high in many important vitamins and minerals, potentially offering many health benefits in human use. In current day, moringa is being used to purify water and combat malnutrition in areas affected by drought, such as Africa. Moringa has been in the spotlight in recent years, being referred to as a "superfood," and making its way into health drinks, smoothies, teas, energy shots, nutrition bars and more due to the nutritional profile and potential benefits. The oil derived from moringa is a common ingredient in cosmetic products, such as lotions, creams, shampoos, and conditioners.
Moringa is also known as; Arango, Árbol de las Perlas, Behen, Ben Ailé, Ben Nut Tree, Ben Oléifère, Benzolive, Canéficier de l'Inde, Chinto Borrego, Clarifier Tree, Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Indian Horseradish, Jacinto, Kelor Tree, Malunggay, Marango, Mlonge, Moringa oleifera, Moringa pterygosperma, Moringe de Ceylan, Mulangay, Murungakai, Narango, Nebeday, Paraíso Blanco, Perla de la India, Pois Quénique, Sahjna, Saijan, Saijhan, Sajna, San Jacinto, Shagara al Rauwaq, Shigru, Terebinto, Tree of Life.