What is Moringa?
Updated: Jul 5, 2022
ALL-NATURAL, NON-TOXIC, VEGAN BEAUTY
It is commonly referred to as 'Drum Stick Tree' for its long pods containing oil-bearing seeds. Due to the high levels of behenic acid in moringa oil, it has also earned the nicknames Ben Oil and Behen Oil. Rich in moisture and vitamins B and C, this oil is known to nourish, condition, and exfoliate the skin, thereby helping to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and enhance the complexion's radiance. With a high amount of oleic acid, moringa oil penetrates very deep into the skin, bringing the necessary nutrients to the skin and helping it replenish. Moringa's plant hormones called cytokinins, in particular zeatin, help promote cell growth and delay damage to the skin.
Moringa Project is a family-run business born from our passion for Moringa - the 'miracle tree,' also known as one of the most nutrient-dense plants in the world. Originating from the foothills of the Himalayas, Moringa Oleifera has been used for centuries in Ancient Egypt and Indian Ayurvedic medicine because of its powerful healing properties. The oil extracted from the mature pod seeds is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids - a veritable liquid gold. The oil contains 46 Antioxidants, 36 Anti-inflammatory compounds, Omega 3 fatty acids, 18 Amino acids (includes all nine essential amino acids), Vitamins A, B, C, E & K, and Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Zinc.) Our goal is to produce the best quality moringa seed oil by cultivating and harvesting it on our organic farms in Thailand. We nurture the plants to create the most bountiful seeds and oversee the cold-press process to retain the highest nutrients and antioxidants in the oil. Our oil is ethically farmed and handcrafted in small batches and is the core ingredient in our growing plant-powered skincare range. The nourishing, hydrating, and detoxifying effects of moringa seed oil help neutralize the impact of harmful pollutants, protect against sun damage, reduce visible signs of aging, and soothe inflammation. The result is brighter, softer, and youthful-looking skin. Moringa Project Facial Oil is the first product in our skincare range. We recommend using it as a multi-use miracle oil for the face, body, and hair.
Growing the trees in Thailand was essential to us, rather than sourcing from other countries that already have an established production source. Thailand's tropical climate, rich soil, and rainy seasons provide us with the natural resources that we need while allowing us to enhance the lifestyle of the local farmers that work with us by creating employment and promoting ethical practice.
We organically grow our moringa trees, looking after every step in processing the pure oil to ensure the best quality and maximum effectiveness of our natural skin care product. We know where the source comes from, how the plants are nurtured, and what is put in the soil.
Following the harvest of the matured moringa pods, the seeds inside are selected and shade dried for a week. Afterward, they are cold-pressed in small batches by hand and then naturally filtered to retain freshness and purity. This process of extraction guarantees all the goodness is preserved from the seed. You may find some sediments at the bottom of your oil bottle, which is a good sign!
We retain the maximum amount of the compounds contained within the precious moringa oil through our non-industrial extraction, with no chemical refinement or added chemicals often used to refine the oil. The resulting moringa oil has a smooth texture, golden green hue, and a nutty, earthy smell. Because we don't refine the oil, there is no bleaching or added artificial fragrances.
Our oil smells naturally fresh and earthy. Be aware that distilled moringa oils or cheaper versions have been stripped of their beneficial qualities and healing properties. Following oil extraction, the leftover seed cake is collected and used in our face and body scrub (launching soon!) to exfoliate and regenerate the skin, so absolutely none of the goodness from the Moringa is wasted.
The seed cake can also be used for animal feed, fertilizer, or purifying water. As moringa seeds are known for their antimicrobial properties, we are currently exploring partnerships with NGOs to develop a system using moringa seed cake to purify water for communities lacking access to clean water.