Moringa oil

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MORINGA, the oil of India, Egypt and of Africa.images

Moringa olerifera, is called a wonder plant as all parts, leaf, flower, seed and oil, have been used for food, nutrition and industry. The tree is native to the lowlands of the Himalayas but moringa oil has even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Called tree of life and similar expressions in a number of native languages from India to Africa, it is a nutritional powerhouse.

The oil from moringa seeds has an exceptionally long shelf life due to its unusual fatty acid structure. Behenic acid has a very long, 22, carbon chain and is saturated, makes up to ten percent of the oil. The long saturated chain inhibits oxidation of the oil for up to five years, a very unusually long shelf life for plant oils.

High in antioxidants vitamins and minerals moringa oil nourishes while its fatty acids protect and improve the tone and texture of the skin. An excellent oil for very dry skin, moringa also helps improve the look of dark areas and additional compounds help to protect the skin when subject to excessive sun exposure.

Part of the charm of moringa oil is its palmitoleic acid content that, while not large, never the less gives the oil antimicrobial and antiseptic properties helping maintain skin health. Palmitoleic acid is a omega-7 fatty acid that is particularly important for the skin. When young, we produce this FA in our skin as part of the skin’s own immune system. As we age, its production slows down and it’s helpful to provide it topically.

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