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Gone Exploring My First Moringa Tree plantation…in Cambodia!

Moringa is one of the world’s most useful plants.

This fast-growing tree is grown throughout the tropics for human food, livestock forage, medicine, dye, and water purification.

It is known by several names in different countries, but is popularly called the “drumstick tree” for its pods that are used by drummers and the “horseradish tree” for the flavor of its roots.

Moringa Benefit | OrganicIsBeautiful
Moringa Benefit | OrganicIsBeautiful

Where it started: little India!

Living in Kuala Lumpur, I (re)discovered the diversity of the Indian cuisine. It’s a constant mix, an assortment of spices and herbs.

Shopping around in Little India one evening, I (literately speaking) bumped into my first Moringa seeds. I took a picture (see on the right): I did not know what it was at the time. Looking surprised, the staff assistant came to me and said, proudly:

“Moringa tree, oh very Good. Eat and brain & skin very strong!”.

I needed to learn more. Ready to get your feet dirty in a small plantation in the deep Cambodia land?

Read below;)

A family-owned organic Moringa tree in Cambodia.

In my earlier article, we explore the multiple benefits of the Moringa tree. Today, we head to a local  plantation to understand how Moringa trees can be produced in a natural and economical way.

Moringa seeds sold in little india KL.

I hope you will enjoy my post as much I enjoyed visiting and talking with the owner of the plantation you will discover below.

As mentioned, it was during my trip to Cambodia that I had the chance to travel around the country and meet local producers that specialized in chemical-free Moringa tree plantation. There are many different species of Moringa trees, the one I have uncovered is the Moringa Oleifera.

  • Trees are often spaced in a line one meter or less apart in order to create living fence posts
  • Moringa trees do not need much watering, which make them ideally suited for the climate of places such as SEA.
  • All the picture shown in this article represents Moringa Oleifera, the most widely cultivated specie.
  • Moringa is resistant to most pests.

In the first and third pictures, you can seed Moringa seeds. Those seeds are used to create Moringa oil. A pure Moringa oil, with no additive or preservatives, apply to your skin daily, or after a weekly exfoliation help the skin rejuvenate.

What makes Organicly produced Moringa trees better?

The answer: the compost! The botanicals used to produce Moringa trees are grown in soils that are free of chemicals. Chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers are actually prohibited and never used.

The major issue nowadays with so-called ‘organic’ composts available to farmers is that they add the composted contents of green waste from our household recycling centers.

The farmer I met produced his own compost from animal manure (mainly from the cow) and it takes approximately half a year of storage to become completely ready for fertilizer.

What are the benefits of using compost?

  • Increases organic matter in the soil.
  • Higher yields – studies show that you can improve maximum yield potential by increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil.
  • Inorganic fertilizer substitution – compost contains slow release, crop-available nutrients, including phosphate, potash, magnesium and sulfur.
  • Improves soil structure for better workability and better crop establishment
  • Better soil structure and water management – adding compost improves soil structure, which is good for crops (good water infiltration and retention) and also makes it easier to work, saving fuel and time.
  • Increases water infiltration and retention.

Are you into gardening? Then, Moringa trees is for you! I learnt that they are fast growers and can be havested while just 1.5-2meters tall. Moringa can grow in a diversity of environment, (South Carolina, Ethiopia, you named it!): it can grow in dry, poor or sandy soils.

How to harvest a Moringa tree? Simple. Cutting away half a meter form the tops and drying the the shade.

After the harvesting, the leaves are collected and sent to the wharehouse for cleaning and drying.

The Moringa leaves are then washed with water and salt and rinse at least twice. It is then left to dry 2 or 3 days before any further action.

In summary,

Moringa trees is widely available in SEA, production has been in the recent years industrialized, and in my quest for organic alternative, I noticed how challenging it was to visit a 100%organic farm. Yet, they still exist 😉

Once cleaned, dried and packaged, Moringa trees offers a variety of benefits. Women can used it to improve their skin strength, keeping a nice and natural glow in their face.

The seeds, once pulverized are sold as powder supplement, multivitamin drink for athletes. It is said to be helpful within a balanced diet.

I hope you enjoyed my post, first article in my serie “Miracle trees“. If you want to hear more about the others miracle trees that I will explore,  feel free to add your email address to my subscription box!  I will keep you posted 😉

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Thank you

Amanda 😉

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Emu Oil Straight from Down Under

When I hear of anything described as a “Miracle”, instinctively I want to know what it is all about. Especially when it is a word used to describe something that could be good for my appearance and health. Wouldn’t you be interested in something that could make you feel and look better if you were feeling a little bit low or under the weather?

Until recently I’d never heard of Emu Oil but when I heard it referred to as “A miracle from down under” I thought Wow. What could possibly be so good that it is worthy of such a strong and characteristic description.

Curious as I am, I saw an opportunity to explore, combining my love and interest for health and travel.

What is Emu Oil?

The roots of Emu Oil

Finding out about emu Oil took me on an amazing adventure as I learned that Emu oil was native o`f Australia. The Emu is an animal from the same country, a large ostrich like bird that is unable to fly. I wanted to know more and I delved even deeper into the notions that makes Emu Oil so intriguing.

This is how it looks like:

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If like me, you have an interest in history, there is an even better twist to this tale. Emu Oil has been used by Australian Aborigines for thousands and thousands of years.

Uses of Emu Oil

Emu Oil was only recently introduced into Europe as a natural alternative to moisturisers and sun block whilst later becoming used for burns or other skin related issues or problems. That in itself makes Emu oil an ideal essential in the luggage for those of us who like to travel and embrace on our girly or family holidays in the sun.

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Map from ExploreAustralia | www.Organicisbeautiful.com

Made up of a number of different components Emu Oil has the capabilities to deeply penetrate your skin layers for an effective natural treatment. Emu oil is described as being Non-Comedogenic meaning it doesn’t clog the pores of your skin. Other characteristics include Emu oil as being hypoallergenic as not to cause irritation. It also anti-ageing properties!

If like me you lead a busy an active lifestyle we all at some point love and may need a bit of TLC to help us overcome those niggling minor illnesses or injury. This is where Emu Oil comes in. Further uses of Emu oil include:

  • Pain relief
  • Treatment of minor injuries, aches and pain
  • Healing of wounds by offering a protective element to the skin from weather conditions and climate

My Experience

Having intrigued me that much, the history and appeal of the Emu oil was such that I just had to try it. I needed to see how health, beauty and travel were all brought together in this natural so called miracle that is Emu Oil.

My life is both busy and active. As a keen sportsperson [recall my 50km marathon run last year? ] it’s an unfortunate yet common occurrence for me to suffer from aches pains and muscular discomfort, that’s aside the day to day stresses that can be apparent with the responsibility of combining work and looking after my friends.

When using Emu Oil I instantly felt a great sense of relief and relaxation as I gently massaged a small quantity onto my aching muscles and joints. Finally I had some me time. My reaction was simply wow. The results and impact of the emu oil were instant as it soothed my aches and pains providing me with effective relief. I was delighted to see that over time my skin condition and complexion also improved and learned to love the natural feel of the oil against my skin.

Amanda.

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