Moringa is called “Nebedaye”, which means “never die” In many African languages. The Moringa plant is native to Northern India, where it was first described around 2000 BC as a medicinal herb. It is also known as The Miracle Tree.
The Moringa tree spread eastward from India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. From India It also spread westward to Egypt, the Horn of Africa, around the Mediterranean, and finally to West Indies in America.
The moringa tree is grown mainly in semiarid , tropical , and subtropical areas. While it grows best in dry, sandy soil , it tolerates poor soil. It is a fast-growing, drought -resistant tree.
Ancient Egyptian treasured Moringa oil, using it as protection for their skin from the ravages of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans.
On the Island of Jamaica in 1817, a petition concerning Moringa oil was presented to the Jamaican House of Assembly. It described the oil as being useful for salads and culinary purposes, and being equal to the best Florence oil as an illuminant – giving clear light without smoke.
OTHER NAMES FOR MORINGA
Horseradish Tree, Drumstick Tree, Marango, Mlonge, Mulangay, Malungay, Malunggay, Saijhan, Shevaga, Sajna, Kamungay, Mother’s Best Friend