Moringa is a fascinating plant. Native to the regions of Asia and Africa, moringa is a multipurpose plant. Various parts of this tree have been used to produce a remarkable variety of items and products. Some of the applications of the plant are in the fields of cosmetics, medicine and food.
Uses of Moringa
Different parts of the moringa plant serve different purposes. The powder made from the leaves of the moringa tree can be used for making a very nutritious tea. It can also be used for making medicines.
Oil can be extracted from the seeds of the plant which can then be used for cooking purposes. It is used in cosmetics also as a skin care product.
Properties of Moringa
All of these applications have been made possible due to the incredible properties of the moringa plant. The moringa plant is filled with a range of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. The leaves and oil of the moringa plant are rich in antioxidants and nutrients making an excellent addition to any diet. When applied to the skin in the form of a cream, moringa can act as an antiseptic due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is also possible to make capsules with the leaves of the moringa plant. These capsules can give you a daily dose of essential nutrients and antioxidants.
The Process of Making Moringa Capsules
It is quite easy to produce capsules from the moringa plant. In fact, it is easy enough to make at home.
- Gather leaves from the moringa plant. You will generally require only a handful for making enough capsules. Do not remove the stalks
- Clean the leaves with water to remove any dirt or other impurities.
- While cleaning, examine the leaves to locate old and yellow leaves and any impurities. Remove them immediately.
- Hang the leaves by their stalks in a cool and dry area. You can cover them with a thin cloth to prevent dust from settling on the leaves. Let them dry for a few days.
- Determine if the moringa leaves are dry enough. If they are dry, the leaves will curl up and can be crushed with very little effort.
- Roast the leaves over a low fire for a minute or two. Keep stirring them while they are being roasted. Roasting will sanitize the leaves while reducing the moisture content further. It is easier to powder roasted leaves as well.
- Use a blender to powder the leaves. You can use a mortar and pestle or a fine sieve for the purpose as well. The powder should be very fine.
Pour the powder into empty capsules. Empty capsules are made of gelatin and are sold by most pharmacies and drugstores. Choose the size wisely.
Follow this do it yourself (DIY) guide to make the capsules.
- Get a capsule machine machine. Arrange the bigger machine part on a flat surface. You may put it inside a clean plate so as to avoid wasting the moringa leaf powder.
- Now put the longer empty capsules into the bigger machine part with the capsules open ends facing upwards. And the shorter capsules in the machine cover
- Next, pour a table spoon of the moringa powder into the basepart of the capsule machine and slide card over the holes back and forth filling them.
- You may use a tamping tool to compact powder, and fill the machine base again. Repeat this until the capsules are fully filled with the powder.
- Now place the machine cover (containing the top half of the empty capsules) on the base. Place the machine on a hard surface, press down evenly until covers fit in firmly. Release pressure.
- Remove the cover. Formed capsules are now in the cover. You may now depress top cover gently on both sides so as to eject filled capsules from the machine. Now you have your wonderfully made moringa capsules so simply.
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You must maintain proper hygiene throughout the process. '
Use rubbing alcohol to sanitize your hands before starting the capsuling process.
It is highly recommended that you use gloves during the process to ensure that contaminants do not end up in the capsules.
Being completely herbal, moringa capsules can be enjoyed every day.
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