Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moringa Olifera

I was raised by my grandparents and they taught me many important lessons as I was growing up.

I in turn have imparted quite a bit to my daughter. For example, she has been with me when I have negotiated the price of a new vehicle. She does not show any direct desire to get into the kitchen and cook, but she pays attention when I cook or when I make broths and sauces.

My grandfather Pete had heart problems, so he took his health seriously. Among his many strategies for health was to seek natural remedies that could keep him from having to have more prescriptions.

He was not anti-established medicine or the use of drugs to ease the effects of his heart condition, but he believed that nutritional remedies could enhance the success of the drug therapy prescribed by his doctor and thereby make other medications unnecessary.

To that end, I am following in his footsteps.

While I do not have a life-threatening heart condition, I do have borderline high blood pressure and am on a low dosage of a medication to help with hypertension. The survivalist in me wants to avoid relying on a witch’s brew of drugs to sustain my health.

I have gone to cooking all my own sauces and broths from scratch from fresh ingredients because I know how to do so. Because I know how to roast meats, processed meats taste bitter from all the sodium. My one sadness is that the amazing Tri-Tip cooked by the Ag. kids at my school is now super salty to me. I will learn to cook my own Tri-Tip.

In conducting research into food sources, I came across the moringa oleifera tree and the nutritional miracle it is. Chock full of vitamins, potassium, fiber, and protein the tree has many beneficial applications.

The leaves of the moringa oleifera tree can be cooked like spinach. The young seed pods add a great new vegetable option to your plate (steam them, stir fry them, throw them into a salad). The mature seeds can be cooked and eaten like beans. If you have a dehydrator, you can dehydrate the leaves and reconstitute them later.

The goal of this post is not to provide an exhaustive run-down of what moringa oleifera can do, but rather to indicate why I have decided to buy some live trees and start growing them. Although I can buy moringa oleifera capsules, teas, oil, and more, I’d rather grow the real thing without chemicals and ingest what I have produced.

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