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Jamaica Plants and Herbal Remedies


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Moringa oleifera is a native plant to northern India. It is popularly called "Moringa" and is known in Jamaica as the drumstick tree, horseradish tree, benzoil tree and the "miracle tree" in some countries. It is also found in other tropical and sub-tropical places such as Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of this plant has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

The plant contains many important vitamins and minerals. The leaves have 7 times the amount of vitamin C as oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids that aids the body to heal and build muscle. It is packed with antioxidants that can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There's some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.

Traditional Uses

It has been traditionally used for conditions such as:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Long-lasting inflammation
  3. Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
  4. Joint pain
  5. Heart health
  6. Cancer


It has been the subject of much research on its effects on animals, but it is not yet clear the degree to which it would have the same impact to humans. Research is still ongoing on exactly how the extracts from this plant affect people, but early studies however, shows it may help with the following:

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis: Moringa leaf extract may lower fluid swelling, redness, and pain.
  2. Diabetes: Insulin-like proteins found in moringa may help lower blood sugar and plant chemicals found in the leaves might help the body to better process sugar, as well as affect how the body releases insulin.
  3. Cancer: There have been some reports that indicate that in lab tests of leaf extracts slowed the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and helped chemotherapy work better. Other lab studies show that moringa leaves, bark, and roots all have anti-cancer effects that might lead to new drugs.
  4. Memory: Some experts think the antioxidants and other health-promoting plant chemicals may heal stress and inflammation in the brain.

Additional Areas of Research

Research is being done to determine its effectiveness with the following conditions:

  1. Cholesterol
  2. Arthritis
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Anemia
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Liver conditions induced by the use of medicines
  7. Stomach ulcers
  8. Asthma
  9. Wound healing
  10. Ulcerative colitis
  11. Weight Loss


Initial research shows that it is generally safe to eat the leaves or young seed pods but it can be dangerous to eat bark or pulp, especially for pregnant women. Chemicals in the bark may make the uterus contract and lead to a miscarriage.

Byproducts made for the plant are sold as supplements in the form of a powder, pill, oil, or tea. These products made from moringa, like many other supplements, aren't regulated by the FDA. This means that there is no available guidance for the amount that is required for the desired health benefits and or a standard for how it should be manufactured.

It is best to avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Talk to your doctor before taking any supplement including Moringa, especially if you are taking any medications.

How is Moringa Tea Made?

Moringa herbal tea made by steeping the moringa leaves in pure hot water. This tea can also be made using moringa leaf powder and tea bags. It is naturally caffeine-free and can be consumed at any time of the day.