The Moringa Tree Show
#1 - Moringa Tea
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Hi everyone, my name is Kendrick, your favorite local Farmitect. I graduated from USF with a master's in architecture and today, I'm a farmer. You can find me at the local farmers market in the Tampa Bay area where I'm building community. That's right, everybody asks me, “What are you doing here at the farmers market Kendrick?” and I say, “Well, I'm building community. I don't necessarily need to build another empty building to be an architect, we solve problems and in my opinion the number one problem is access to fresh, local, organic food.” I want to bring fresh food to the people because if anybody that works for me in the future is coming into work and they can't afford good food or don’t know how to eat healthy, then I want to make sure that I could provide food on their plate and educate them on the benefits of eating local, at least while they're at work. Building the community in that way as a farmer. One of my passions and goals is to be able to provide good food and that's when, in my research, I came across the moringa tree also known as the drumstick tree.
Today, we’re going to learn how to make moringa tea. We have some water let's go ahead and turn the heat on medium-low. We have a large pot and we have some dried moringa leaves provided by Numa Nursery, which already has some mint leaves included and we're just going to place about a half gallon of water and 3 tablespoons of the combined leaves into the pot and let that take a few minutes to heat up. You don't need to boil the water the reason why is because moringa leaves are very soft and gentle. Now, in front of me I have an oak leaf and it's really hard break the cell wall of this oak leaf is hard and the nutrients are protected deep down inside cell walls. One of the ways to extract the nutrients from this oak leaf would be to boil the water, but the moringa leaf is so soft and gentle that it does not need to be boiled in order to access the nutrients even when they're fresh off the tree they are just so brittle and soft. I feel like all the nutrients are easily accessible which is one of the reasons why when you eat moringa you feel the benefits right away. Moringa leaves can be used as a garnish on many foods.
As we're making the tea let's talk about moringa and what we do at Numa Nursery.
About four years ago I started planting moringa trees on several properties throughout the tampa bay area. As I would go door-to-door and say, “Hey, could I plant a moringa tree in your backyard?” People would say, “Sure!”. They just want somebody that's there for them, someone they can turn to, someone they can talk to, to call upon if there's a question or if there is anything that they can do to help their yard or their plants. They just want energy and that's what we're doing we're creating and energetic portal here in the Tampa Bay area for, life, plants and I mean it's Tampa Bay! It’s already known as the tree-city. I love the trees here, it's one of the reasons why I stayed here even after going to USF was because of the trees they are so beautiful with huge live oak trees all over the place. We have tons of parks in Tampa and St. Pete, I hang out at the parks all the time, just to practice a little aerokinesis with the trees.
The moringa tree is one of the trees we grow at Numa Nursery and since 2014 I've been growing it on several properties in the Tampa Bay area. Today, we grow moringa trees on over 300 properties in the Tampa Bay area with the Moringa Grower’s Co-op. I've been vending at farmers markets for 3 years now and there is always a sign-up sheet on the table. While in the booth we get a lot of people requesting more information about the moringa tree so we collect their email.. A lot of times people will pass by and say, “I have a moringa tree!” and I say “Hey, can I come by and harvest it? Can we form a relationship?” and they usually give me a funny look, “What, no! Are you crazy? You can’t cut my tree!” But everyone usually stops and I explain to them we started the Moringa Grower’s Co-op and after a few minutes they are very interested in participating. I share with them that we use the harvested material from the moringa tree to make local handmade products, the ones they can see on the table. That's pretty much what we've done with The Moringa growers Co-op is start supplying people with products from local moringa trees at local farmer’s markets and local health food stores as well as on our website NumaNursery.com.
As we develop The Moringa Grower’s Co-op further I tell people visiting the farmers markets about the different opportunities with the MGC and offer more opportunities to learn about the moringa tree with us and that eventually they will be able to supply not only themselves with moringa greens, but the community with moringa and that the MGC will also be able to put money back into their pocket. We're actually refunding people by the amount of weight that we harvest and pay them in the form of dividends at the end of the year. These are investment opportunities with The Moringa Grower’s Co-op, not only are we treating them with a trade in product for the material from their moringa trees that same day, but we're starting to accumulate even more investment opportunities which we're going to be continually talking about here on the moringa tree show.
We're making all of the products in Numa Nursery’s online store from the local moringa trees. We make protein powder from the leaves, capsules from the leaves, you can even eat the leaves fresh from the tree. Today we're just making some tea it just warming up now, it takes a few minutes. We have tea available in the box, which is super amazing. One of the skills that I learned while architecture school was Photoshop and I designed the box myself and found a local carton company to print it on very nice recycled packaging for me and so that's what we're bringing to you with Numa Nursery right now.
I can feel the water heating up. What we're going to do is put a handful of the dried leaves from the moringa tree directly into a pot with about a half of a gallon of water. From there, we'll just stir it up a little bit. Now, were going to let that sit for a few minutes while it's warming up. It just needs a few minutes. The water doesn't need to be boiled a lot of people come to me everyday and say, “Oh, so I just boil the water” and I say, “You know traditionally boiling water for making tea was to clean the water, but today we have fairly clean water you don't need to boil it not only is that we're dealing with this specific plant, some teas need to be boiled, but moringa tea does not need to be boiled”. Oak leaves or harder leaves that are very tough to extract the nutrients from can be boiled. Now, the reason why we want to keep the temperature down it's because we want to preserve a lot of the nutrients especially Vitamin C, which is very sensitive to even over a hundred degrees. As the moringa tea is cooking let's let's find out some of the benefits of moringa.
Why would you want to consume moringa tea? Moringa tea is very nutritious with many benefits and it can even help you lose some weight. We mentioned before moringa is a complete protein and that means it has all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein. Moringa tea is a very nutrient-rich with many benefits that helps not only lose belly fat, but with the amino acids it also boosts energy. How can that be possible? Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins of which our bodies do not make inside our body. We do not naturally make those nine essential amino acids, we have to get them from the foods we eat. Then, once inside our body those 9 amino acids can link up with all the other amino acids that we do create from natural chemical reactions. In turn, moringa helps formulate complete protein chains and that's one of the reasons why moringa is such a benefit plant to consume.
Let’s talk more about moringa tea. As I mentioned before, moringa is a rich source of protein, we do want to keep the temperature down preserve the high levels of Vitamin C, which is for the immune system. Moringa also has antioxidants, every time we breath the blood inside of our body oxidizes, it's just natural because we do have liquid iron in our blood, We’ve all seen what happens when iron and moisture meet, it creates rust, that’s oxidation. I can hear the moringa tea heating up a little bit let's take it off the heat and we'll just let that steep for a few minutes. That was only on for about 5 minutes. Back to antioxidant, so talking about the blood everytime we breathe in free radicals enter the bloodstream as we’re breathing in environmental pesticides, dust, metals. That's getting absorbed into the bloodstream super fast and one of the benefits of moringa is that it can help absorb some of the negative ions and help you pass them through it’s natural detoxifying and antioxidants benefits. There's more about that, it’s a little more complicated than that, I'm not a doctor I'm an architect. I'm very interested in this health food industry and with my design eye I can explain how we can not only use the moringa tree to benefit our health and well being, but also as a farmer and how we can grow moringa very easily for consumption.
You can even grow moringa in your own backyard!
Alright, here's another big one. Moringa tea can be natural protection against diabetes. I see this all the time, every day at the farmers market someone stops in that has diabetes, usually Type II, the kind that is developed overtime through an imbalance of blood sugars, Type I is the kind that someone is born with and much more rare. We’re going to talk about Type II diabetes. Having been at the farmers markets for 3 years now, traveling around almost every single day seeing thousands and thousands of people a lot of them come into the booth suffering from diabetes and after I explain the benefits of moringa, helping to regulate blood sugars they wonder if taking moringa can counteract any of their current medications and I always tell them to “Please, talk to your healthcare physician before taking moringa.” A lot of them say, You know, I'm just going to try it. Some of them say, “I’ll come back and see you, I'm going to talk to my health care professional”. I recommend that you to do some more research on moringa for yourself to know that it is safe for you. I haven't heard of too many negative side effects when taking it with other medications because moringa is so natural it's just like eating a salad. Some negative side effects I do hear, which in my opinion is a positive affect, some people say it made them go to the bathroom, sometimes with explosive diarrhea or stomach cramps. I say, ‘If it made you go to the bathroom, then you we’re full of...you know what!” As a joke, but in all seriousness, the people who say that have a large bulging stomach, usually the sign of undigested fecal matter sitting in the colon, sometimes 50-100 lbs worth, which needs to be removed anyways, moringa can help with that too. If you have stomach cramps taking moringa on an empty stomach, that is common as well. Try taking moringa with food next time, our bodies adapt to using moringa overtime as well, some people have never taken such a nutritious supplement before and the body is not familiar with moringas benefits. Moringa is still an herb that has detoxifying effects as well and is also considered an adaptogen. It can adapt to each person, giving you what you need. If you ate something you weren’t supposed to and you need to cleanse, or if your stomach is empty and you need to eat, moringa will let you know.
I'll give you one testimonial. A lady comes into the booth, she's a little overweight and has heard about the moringa tree before. She wants to know more and secretly I pinpointed that she may have been suffering from diabetes. She had a little bit of a red nose in the face it could have been rosacea or or eczema, but there were other signs I could see veins on her face and fingers. This is a sign of poor circulation and I said you know, moringa can be good for diabetes, so she bought a tea, took it home and she started drinking it everyday. She said within two weeks her sugars regulated, something like 40 points down, she dropped 40 points. A few weeks later, she kept drinking the tea. Then, something remarkable happened. 3 months after being consecutive drinking moringa tea and visiting me at the farmers market at least once a month she said she was now pre-diabetic. She had been a diabetic for 20 years and she was consistently drinking several cups of moringa tea every single day and now she was on the verge of being no longer diabetic? Well, 6 months later she was no longer diabetic. I couldn't believe it! She looked younger, she had lost a few pounds you can no longer see the veins and she said she could feel her toes. I'm very grateful for being able to facilitate some of these things to people as they learn about the moringa tree.
Why haven't you heard about the moringa tree. Let's not focus on why you haven't heard about it yet, just be grateful and thankful that we're here now and we're bringing it to you. We're here in Tampa Florida and we grow the moringa tree to provide it locally, but also we ship moringa products around the US. Let's take a minute to thank some of our online orders today. Eugene in Tarpon Springs, I think he got 10 different products in this box, thank you! Let’s see, I want to thank Michelle from Palmetto, Florida, she got some moringa tea and some extract. Oh, and Shirley from Sanford, Fl, she bought three trees! I was able to put them in this box and ship them as well, that’s right we ship moringa trees too.
Is the moringa tea ready yet?
Before we check, it’s almost ready, I want to share a moringa fact. Come on down to Moringaville! So yesterday, I harvested five medium size trees and we got some cuttings, moringa sticks and branches. A little known fact about moringa is that if you take a stick that has bark on it and stick it in the ground, the root system would actually start growing from the bark and create roots. Then, the stick above ground would then start producing new shoots and within 1 to 2 years this could end up turning into a full sized tree. Now you can take thicker stalks and stems, but here you can see I cut this 1” in diameter stick from top of a moringa tree it’s about 2 feet long, a nice clean-cut, and I'm just going to stick a hundred of these in the ground. You can root them in pots as well. I'll put them in the ground right away from cutting during rainy season, in dry season I’ll root cuttings in pots and water them to inspire new root growth. One little known facts about moringa is that it can be propagated from sticks. Now, it doesn't spread from the root like bamboo or bananas as a spreader and that's one of the reasons why it's not considered invasive by The State of Florida. Enjoy harvesting moringa trees making new moringa trees from sticks and cuttings.
Let's have some tea. I'm pouring the warm water with moringa leaves into a large jar with a strainer on top to catch any loose leaves. It’s a beautiful amber color, it's like caramel and all that’s in here is water, moringa leaves with a little bit of mint leaves. It smells great, there’s no sweetener, but you can add lemon and honey for flavor. It’s teatime! Enjoy everyone. Moringa tea is very light in flavor, it’s not even caffeinated so it’s light on the system as well. It tastes earthy, people say it's a little grassy or it reminds them of camomile tea. That is too good, now one of the questions we have here from one our listeners is, “How do you steep the moringa leaves?” We mentioned not to boil the water. It is already fairly clean, steep the moringa leaves in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Another question is, “When can you drink moringa tea?” Right now! Anytime is good, here it is 9am in the morning, I just had some cereal and drinking moringa tea after a meal can help with digestion. Drink moringa tea before a meal to nutrify and also get your metabolism going. Although moringa tea is non-caffeinated it still has a nutritive effect to boost your energy levels simply through being naturally good for you. Moringa contains trace minerals, micronutrients, photo-nutrients (from photosynthesis), protein, potassium, magnesium, iron, selenium, sulfur, phosphorus and even good beneficial salts. We do need salts, moringa tea iodizes us as it raises your PH level. All of which provides an extra energy boost.
Moringa tea is slightly diuretic, it helps us to urinate, cleansing the urinary tract, every time we urinate it contains 5% fat, that's one of the ways that moringa tea helps us to lose a little bit of weight, while cleansing the liver. Oh my gosh, it's so good. Remember to drink as much water as you do tea, it can be dehydrating if it’s making you go to the bathroom.
Now, let’s visit the Moringa Grower’s Co-op Facebook Group. We're going to answer this week's question. You can ask a question on the Moringa Grower’s Co-op Facebook Group anytime and I'll get back to you and answer your questions. You can learn about the moringa tree from there. In this example, someone asked 2 questions. “Hi, this is my second year growing moringa and I had three moringa trees in large nursery pots 75 gal, but the roots were overwhelming so I took the three out and 2 died, 1 survived and now it’s flowering. Is that okay? I thought that was for the fall. Second question, I just can't get any of my seeds to germinate how long does this take? Thank you.” Thanks for asking Pat. Wow, 13 comments on her post in the Moringa Grower’s Co-op Facebook page. We’ve had several of our community members get involved in her questions as well. I said “Lovely, Hi Pat, flowering moringa trees are always okay. It just depends on what you want your moringa tree to look like. If you want more greens on your moringa tree, you can pop the flowers off. Usually, the moringa tree only has enough energy for making seeds, which comes from pollinated flowers or for making new greens. The moringa tree will naturally begin to thin out a little bit once the flowers are pollinated. Moringa seeds come from flowers, which takes a lot of energy to produce. Now, moringa trees can flower multiple times of year most every fall and every spring, even throughout the summer and sometimes even in the winter here in Florida because the weather fluctuates so much. Several trees have been flowering even this winter right now around the neighborhood.” To answer her second question I said, “It's about to be spring so we germinated seeds just last week, moringa seeds can begin to sprout in as early as six days or even take two to three weeks depending on the moisture content, time of year or the viability of the seeds.” There were more comments, but let's get specific and answer her question at length.
To mention the three trees that she had taken out of the pots and supposedly died, I bet you they didn't die. Maybe if she would have kept caring for them and watering them and gave them a little more time and confidence they could have survived, it's winter time right now too, they may have just gone dormant especially after transplanting. I don't know where Pat is exactly, but I'm sure if she would have just kept up with them she would have possibly noticed that the root system would have brought back those trees. I mean these things are super hardy, just don't give up on the moringa tree too fast. She has a tree that's flowering right now too, but it’s only two years old so I suggested popping the the flowers off. The reason why is because young trees need to establish their root system before providing viable seeds. If you let the tree go from flower to seed and it uses the energy for the seed and if it's a young tree maybe the root system isn't established enough to really get that the nutrients the seed needs to form properly. Usually the first and second year trees flower alot, but they're usually not even viable or fully formed seeds that can produce trees, essentially they’re shooting blanks because of the young root system. They're getting their energies up, there like adolescent teenagers and they're trying to fire off some babies but they're just not as fertile yet so that's why I pop flowers off of young trees. The citrus industry and many fruit tree industries do this with their young trees preparing their groves to grow bigger faster fruit trees in a shorter amount of time. Now, I am in the moringa tree industry trying to get our trees to grow bigger, faster, flush and full looking in just two years. How to do that is by consistently popping the flowers back and cut the trees back regularly that way it produces a much more bushier tree. Moringa trees grow back even more shoots than before after a cutting.
You don't have to be greedy and pop the flowers off right away, just notice that your tree is flowering and if you want local pollinators to get some nectar go ahead and keep the flowers on for a week or so before you start to see it shrivel up, at that point it’s been pollinated and it's going to start turning into a seed. I usually cut the trees back once the branches have produced not only leaves but also flowers that branch is pretty much done growing taller and so you can cut it back so that way it produces two new fresh green branches with with more flowers as the tree grows even larger. At Numa Nursery we do use the moringa flowers. We provide fresh moringa flowers and bag the dried flowers as well for tea and other herbal mixes.
To answer Pat’s germination question, we just talked to the owner from Florida Live Herbs and he asked the same question, “We can't get our moringa seeds to germinate, how do we get moringa seeds to germinate?” I replied to both questions by saying, “It's about when you plant the moringa seeds.” You know, trees go into a dormant state in the fall, all trees pretty much around the world go dormant every fall and winter. The natural magnetic energy field around that time is shutting down. I've noticed that I get much better results when planting moringa seeds in the spring and summer months, by the time fall comes everything is going a little bit more dormant. Now yes, we do plant lots of vegetable seeds in the fall, but moringa trees are trees and they fungal base, unlike vegetables which are bacteria based. Seeds do have a sense of what's going on, especially the magnetism of the earth. To prove this point look at a moringa seed, it’s in the shape of a pyramid.
Now, there are a lot of techniques to get the moringa seed to germinate you can open the shell to get the little soft white seed inside and wrap that in a moist paper towel, you can use the paper towel method. You could put the seeds in a plastic bag, shelled or not, with wet paper towel and keep that in the dark for several days. I like to take the seed and in a half filled pot of composted soil lay it down with 2 of the wings facing down. Moringa seeds have a triangular shape with 3 winged points that protrude from the round shape. I lay the seeds with two wings down on top of some composted soil in a pot the reason why is because one side of the seed is going to pop a root and the other side is going to pop a shoot. You don't want to plant it up and down because you don’t know which side is going to be a root or a shoot. Now the trick here is to align the seed east to west. If I'm looking down on the moringa seed the top wing should have a line on it, align it east to west. Crazy! The magnetic frequency of the of the earth helps germinate the moringa seeds when they're lying flat that's where the energy is flowing in positive and out negative, positive for the shoots negative for the roots and so if you place it on that line and it's going east to west the energy just gets in there and it germinates that much faster and more effective each time. I have noticed higher germination rates with these techniques. Within 6 days I get these seeds to germinate, thousands of them and I place them in a greenhouse where I water them on a timer very very lightly with a mist, usually for 2-3 minutes twice a day, allowing the top of the soil to dry out slightly so no mold forms on the top of the pot. The water soaks in slowly so the seed is not disrupted, sometimes watering to much or having a flow of water on seeds can kill the microorganisms in the soil that help to sprout the moringa seeds, but that rule can go for many other seeds as well. The pot will stay just moist enough to sprout this way. I'm just literally misting the top letting the moisture get in slowly you don't want to flood it with water they just want to know that they're covered with soil and it's moist outside because generally in spring April showers bring May flowers. Here we are at the end of February you know March is coming and that’s Spring in Florida. We're getting a head start on the moringa season by planting them now, right as the energy begins to come back from winter. So Pat, germinate moringa seeds in the Spring and align them east to west watering them lightly for 2-3 weeks and they should all pop into new moringa trees very soon!
Thank you for coming down to Moringaville!
I’d like thank you for joining us, get all of your prominent news about the moringa tree here on The Moringa Tree Show the only place where we talk about the moringa tree industry, moringa tree biology, requirements for growing moringa trees, moringa of problems like insects and pests, moringa uses and today we started with our first moringa recipe, moringa tea. We’re also going to be talking about moringa tree irrigation, moringa landscape management and safety for harvesting.
Thanks again, it's been a pleasure, I mean this is an amazing and miraculous tree and a powerful way to get it out there to the people who want to grow moringa trees. If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch this video on our Youtube channel Numa Nursery, you can listen to our podcast on itunes as well. Please, visit my website, NumaNursery.com if you’d like to support our efforts and help fund the Moringa Grower’s Co-op please order something today. We have lots of specials 10% off if any of your orders are over $50, with free shipping. We're providing several handmade products from the moringa trees.
Peace and love, gratitude and prosperous growing. See you next time!