Moringa oleifera belongs to the family Moringaceae. It is native to South Asia, where it grows in the Himalayan foothills but is widely cultivated across the tropics. Nine species occur in the eastern regions of Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and Somalia, of which eight are endemic to Africa.

All parts of this plant, from root to seeds, are used for various purposes due to its rich phytochemistry dating back to 150 B.C. Moringa contains more than 40 known antioxidants, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin A, carotenoids, myricetin, quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, syringic acid, and rutin. It also contains minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Zinc.

Traditionally, it is heavily used as a food supplement, as an alternative medicine and skin revitalizer.

Skin uses:

  • Reduce transepidermal water loss
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Smooth skin texture
  • Free-radical scavenger
  • Control sebum production
  • Overall skin vitality


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Iqbal, Shahid, and M. I. Bhanger. "Effect of season and production location on antioxidant activity of Moringa oleifera leaves grown in Pakistan." Journal of food Composition and Analysis 19.6-7 (2006): 544-551.

Khatun, Shahanaz, et al. "Antibacterial activity and cytotoxicity of three lectins purified from drumstick (Moringa oleifera Lam.) Leaves." Journal of Bio-Science 17 (2009): 89-94.

Mahmood, Khawaja Tahir, Tahira Mugal, and Ikram Ul Haq. "Moringa oleifera: a natural gift-A review." Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research 2.11 (2010): 775.