Detox AND Rejuvenate with Moringa ! – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter May 19, 2022 – #17 Vol 12

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yet another divine plant

MORINGA 

If you missed signing up for our SVA Spring Detox this year but still wish you could do some detox, we’ve got just the thing for you – Moringa - a plant that comes with an almost-too-good-to-be-true profile! Don’t believe us? Here are some specs it contains:

7 times more Vit C than an orange

3 times more potassium than a banana

3 times the amount of iron found in almonds

25 times more iron than in spinach

4 times more calcium than in milk

2 times more protein than in milk

And if this is still not enough to convince you, it also carries

47 different antioxidants

All of this in just one plant. This is why Vaidya Mishra called Moringa a “divine plant”- a plant that carries the perfect combination of detoxifying and rejuvenative properties. Not only do the ancient ayurvedic texts recommend Moringa, but the scientific community keeps publishing papers that attest to the incredible nutritional, therapeutic and prophylactic properties of this nothing short from a miracle plant. 

Moringa has been dubbed the plant that redefines superfood! Superfoods are the latest dietary fad as you know. We are in the process of re-discovering so called “exotic” substances (fruits, berries, plants) packed with high doses of nutrition – vitamins and nutrients. These superfoods come very handy for the new generation of smoothie drinkers! More on that habit in another newsletter perhaps… Current scientific research on Superfood Moringa indicates  it can help with: anemia, asthma, arthritis, constipation, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, gastritis, intestinal ulcers, heart conditions, headaches, high blood pressure, inflammation, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, infections, sex drive, athlete’s foot, warts, dandruff, snake bites and gingivitis. Even helps stimulate immunity and breast milk production. The possibilities are endless.

Wonderful as all this sounds, we will leave scientists and smoothie drinkers to enjoy their research and blending concoctions and stick with Vaidya Mishra and Ayurveda – to explore dimensions that still elude the modern scientific research. 

Moringa has been used in Indian culture for thousands of years. It is one of the healthiest vegetables/plants because in addition to its nutritional content, as mentioned above, it carries two essential properties: detoxification and nurturing. How or why is it detoxifying and balancing? It starts with the taste! Did you know that the taste of a Dravya – any edible/therapeutic item – is revealing of its properties and also displays the action or potency of that item? For example, Ayurveda teaches that the bitter taste is made from the space and air elements. Logically, these elements counteract/balance heavy and clogging elements – water and earth. So for examples if you have consumed heavy starchy foods, specially in the winter/spring time, adding foods and plants with the bitter taste, such as karela (Bitter Gourd) or Moringa leaves, will help balance your entire body chemistry and thus results in more balance in body and mind. 

Another synonym of Moringa, in Sanskrit, is “shigru” – arrow. It is known to be sharp and fast like an arrow because it has the cellular intelligence to penetrate deep into the tissues and reach the bone tissue, traveling in and deep like an arrow, to mobilize and pull out toxins from the bone, and release them from the body. 

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Moringa thrives where other plants and ingredients fail. Although the plant’s many parts are used – leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit and even bark – in the Vedic tradition, the leaves are particularly favored in cooking, for daily nourishment and detoxification, alone or with some lentils (mung or masoor preferably).SVA recommends using it daily for nourishment and detoxification because it is very effective in ridding the bone tissue of accumulated toxic waste. Since it targets the bone tissue, it is then also good for the blood and fat tissue – toxins travel through the blood, the muscle and then the fat before reaching the bone as one is built on the other. As a side-benefit, moringa also supports the detoxification of the liver.

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There are also some additional benefits to consuming Moringa on a regular basis:

It is great for eyes, skin – it detoxifies the skin and nourishes the eyes

It can help lower cholesterol since it supports the liver and purifies the fat tissue.

 It can help with joint pain resulting from the local accumulation of toxins because its primary action is to detoxify tissues, particularly the fat tissue.

Long-term use supports our immune system. 

It is tridoshic – balancing for vata, pitta, and kappa – however, if you are a high pitta body type, make sure to always cook it with a pitta pacifying masala. Alternately, you can use the SVA Moringa Soup Mix which has been formulated to be balancing for all three doshas.

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So right now is the best time for you to adopt or bring Moringa back into your life – end of Winter and early Spring is the ideal time, because this is the time of year when you can start easing into detox mode – physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is the time when the season and cycles of Nature support letting go, opening up, starting anew. 

If you live in a cooler climate, start slow as your body’s srotas (physical channels) are not quite ready yet. If you live in moderate to warm climate you can start by adopting baby steps towards a spring cleanse and shifting slowly into adopting better daily routine. Sobhanjan or Sigru (Moringa Olifeira), is a vegetable famous all over India for its detoxifying as well as nurturing properties. All together there are 13 species and 400 extant names for it. In the SVA tradition, Vaidya Mishra uses only 2: a sweet variety and a bitter variety. The bitter variety is bitter in taste and carries more medicinal properties. We use the leaf of the bitter variety and pulverize it in our SVA products.

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If you have never done any Moringa before, you have to start slow with a low dose, use less frequently, and give your body the opportunity to adopt the new ingredient. This is why Vaidya Mishra made 2 preparations, one: Moringa Tea, which has the moringa leaves along with coriander powder. This tea is safe to start with 1/4 tsp in 16oz of water and sip slowly throughout the day. Do only once a day. 

The other product great for detox is the soup; however, it is much more detoxifying. You can start with 1/2 tsp per person (in 16oz water) and increase from there up to 2 tsp per person. if any detox occurs, even though starting slow, for example: if you experience diarrhea, itchiness, rash, stop using it and consult with your SVA expert. Alternately, you can use the Moringa drops – 1 drop per 12 oz of water – drink slowly throughout the day. This will introduce the “intelligence” of the Moringa molecule to your body and work silently but surely. Vaidya’s Moringa soap can be a delightful addition to your facial cleansing or body-wash routine. Or just use as a hand-soap. Soft, moisturizing, and with transdermal delivery of Moringa to help support skin detox.

CONTRAINDICATION: do not consume any moringa items or products during pregnancy as it may cause a miscarriage. If you are breastfeeding, you should also avoid Moringa, because of its detoxifying nature. In addition, it will make your breastmilk bitter and unpalatable for your infant.

References

1 Fahey, Jed W. “Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1.” Phytochemistry 47 (2005): 123-157. 2 Front Pharmacol. 2012;3:24. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2012.00024. Epub 2012 Mar 1. Therapeutic Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaves in Chronic Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia: A Review. Mbikay M. Source Chronic Disease Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Ottawa, ON, Canada 3 Siddhuraju, Perumal, and Klaus Becker. “Antioxidant properties of various solvent extracts of total phenolic constituents from three different agroclimatic origins of drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera Lam.) leaves.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 51.8 (2003): 2144-2155. 4 Melesse, Aberra, et al. “Effects of elevation and season on nutrient composition of leaves and green pods of Moringa stenopetala and Moringa oleifera.” Agroforestry systems 86.3 (2012): 505-518.

SPRING DETOX NEWS

In our fifth week of Spring Detox, we reviewed some key items of the Detox Box and we had a looong deep conversation on so many aspects of detox, including what NOT to do when you are NOT detoxing! Spring detox in a community of fellow detoxers is so much more fun and doable! Our Samadhi Marma session was guided by veteran SVA Educator, Maxine Ruzicka, and the session was cohosted by Donalda Fredeen. We thank you both for the lovely experiences and knowledge shares you bring to the SVA community courses.  Next week more to unfold… Stay tuned! Namaste. 

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