For the past few years, the drumstick tree, also known as horseradish tree, ben tree and scientifically called Moringa oleifera, became popular due to a number of researches proving its multiple medicinal uses and health benefits. Moringa oleifera is a short, slender tree with sagging branches, which grows up to 10 meter tall. It grows widely in tropical countries of Central and South America, Africa, Mexico, India, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Philippines. Drumstick tree turned out to be famous since almost all of its parts – leaves, seeds, pods, flowers and even bark can be used for nutritional, medicinal and industrial uses. It is abundant in vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium.
Drumstick Leaves Benefits
Drumstick leaves can be eaten fresh or cooked and even powdered for longer storage without losing its nutrients. It can provide the body four times the vitamin A or beta-carotene found in carrots and is proven to be richer in vitamin C than citrus fruits. Also, the calcium and protein content is higher than those found in milk, making drumstick leaves more effective for growing kids in providing minerals for strong bones and teeth. Iron is also present in high value, which can be a great dietary supplement for anemic patients. For asthmatic people, drumstick leaves are also known to minimize wheezing and can also treat bronchitis and tuberculosis. Identified to be very effective, the juice of the drumstick leaves can be drunk to treat digestive and urinary problems, can also be applied directly to skin for acne problems.
Drumstick Seeds Benefits
Not only leaves contain most nutritional values, drumstick seeds are also effective in treating various ailments such as jaundice, colitis, tuberculosis, cramps, headaches, rheumatism, boils, impotence and sexually transmitted diseases. The seeds should be roasted and pounded before applying to the problem area in cases Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas skin infections. It is also used for manufacturing perfumes and aromatherapy oils. Another famous use of drumstick seeds is for purifying water at a low cost, as powdered dried seeds attach with the bacteria and dirt present in the water then later sinks at the bottom of the container. It is already tested and proven to clear almost 99 percent of dirt and bacteria present in the water effectively.
Drumstick Oil Benefits
Also popular in health benefits is the drumstick oil, which is comparable to sunflower and olive oil. It is odorless and a good source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of cancers. Drumstick oil is basically used for treatment of hysteria, prostate problems, scurvy and stomach disorders. The advantage of its oil over vegetable oils in the market is being more stable and does not turn rancid. Due to these advantages, drumstick oil is now used for perfumes, soaps and lubricants as it is cheaper and effective at the same time.
In the present, drumstick tree is known to possess more than 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants, making it one of the most nutritious plants without side effects and can also be used by people of all ages safely. Lots of commercial products nowadays are using drumstick extracts for their products such as breads, pasta, herbal tea, soaps and perfumes. No wonder this plant is really helpful and useful for health conscious people and vegetarians, with all these overwhelming health benefits.