Moringa: Sowing, growing, harvesting, drying the leaves

Moringa: Sowing, growing, harvesting, drying the leaves

Leaves of the Miracle tree Moringa contain almost everything the human body needs. They are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein. A few teaspoon full of the leaf powder added to the daily diet of children can help in fighting malnutrition in many developing countries. But even in the industrialized world Moringa leaf powder is increasingly used as an valuable food additive for health-conscious people. Nearly every part of the tree can be used: as food (leaves and pods), as ingredient for cosmetics (Moringa seed oil), as water purifier…

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Seeds from the Moringa tree can be used for water purification

Seeds from the Moringa tree can be used for water purification

Pure water is a key requirement for good health and alternative cheap, safe methods are required in many countries. In a paper that has just been published in the leading American Chemical Society journal on interfaces, Langmuir, researchers from Uppsala University in co-operation with The University of Botswana describe how extracts from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree can be used for water purification. Flocculation of particulate impurities is a common first stage in purification of water. This often uses addition of either aluminium or iron salts.  Aluminium, particularly, has…

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