Moringa is a small tree that grows in India, Pakistan and Nepal. People in this part of the world have been using it for years because of its ability to treat and prevent various diseases including arthritis, anemia, heart disease and diabetes. This plant is increasing in popularity in the United States and is currently being touted as one of the latest superfoods. This is for good reason.
It is highly nutritious and also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Other benefits of consuming the plant include:
- tissue protection
- improvement of cardiovascular health
- promotes brain health
- promotes wound healing
One of the best ways to consume the moringa plant is by making a tea with the powder. To get you started in the right direction, try one of these delicious concoctions.
Iced Moringa Tea
- Dried moringa leaves
- Warm water
A key to making this tea properly is to not let the water get too hot, as hot water may kill the nutrients from which you are trying to gain benefits. Otherwise, all you need to do is measure out your desired amount of dried leaves and cover them with warm water.
After about five minutes add the lemon and ginger to taste and let it steep several more minutes. Then, just drain the tea and sweeten it with honey. Pour it into a glass with ice and garnish with lemon and mint, if desired. You can make this tea by the glass or in a large batch. Store whatever you do not drink in the refrigerator.
Hot Moringa Tea
If you prefer to drink your tea hot, you can make a steaming hot cup of morning tea to enjoy in the morning. This tea is easy to make and comes together in just a short amount of time. It is so delicious that you may find that you enjoy it more than your morning coffee.
- 1/2 teaspoon dried moringa leaf powder
- Agave or cane sugar
- Ginger root
- Lemon slices
Place moringa leaf powder in a mug. Fill mug with hot water and cover. Let it steep for at least five minutes. You can let it steep longer if you prefer your tea stronger. Sweeten the tea to suit your taste with agave or cane sugar.
If you desire additional flavor, add ginger root slices and/or lemon wedges to taste. This is the basic hot tea recipe. You can create variations of it by adding ingredients such as green tea, lemongrass, lemon zest, and coconut milk to create more complex and interesting flavors.
This is a great tea to enjoy in the morning to give yourself the energy you need to start the day. It is equally good in the afternoon as well.
Moringa Tea Smoothie
For a different twist on your moringa tea, you can create a smoothie with the leaves. Since moringa is chock-full of
nutrients, antioxidants and other ingredients that are beneficial for your body, this energy drink will help to clear your mind and boost your energy for the day.
The easiest way to make a moringa smoothie is to add a scoop of moringa powder to any green smoothie you desire. It will definitely give your smoothie an earthy flavor, so you may want to soften the flavor by adding in some fresh fruit such as bananas, pineapples, grapes or citrus fruits. If you want an option other than a green smoothie, here’s another moringa smoothie recipe to get you going in the right direction.
- 1 tablespoon moringa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 cup water
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup sliced frozen peaches
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
Place the fruits in a blender. Cover with the coconut milk. Add the moringa powder and almond butter. Add the water and blend until smooth. It should take at least one minute. Pour into a glass and enjoy. It’s a great option for a healthy breakfast that will help you power through the morning.
If you are looking for something to add to your nutritional repertoire, moringa is a great option. Brew a delicious warm or iced moringa tea or mix the moringa powder into an energizing smoothie that you can enjoy any time of day. Any way you choose to enjoy it, there is no doubt that your body will thank you for it.