Did you know that Moringa oil is extracted from the pressed seeds of Moringa Oleifera, a small tree originally found in the Himalayan Mountains? Moringa is the most nutrient-dense tree on the planet! All parts of its tree, including its seeds, roots, bark, flowers, and leaves, can be used for nutritional, industrial, or medicinal purposes.
I love the fact that the oil is very light and dry, giving it the unique ability to penetrate the skin and detoxify it. There is a huge misconception that African skin, which tends to be darker, is tougher than Caucasian skin and can thrive without giving it much attention. How wrong! Black skin is more delicate than Caucasian skin. Many Africans can attest that growing up, their skin was often dry and needed lots of Vaseline petroleum jelly to take one through the day without looking ‘ashy’.
People with darker skin tones tend to have very dry skin a disadvantage to having more melanin is that it makes skin more “reactive.” That means almost any stimulus- a rash, scratch, pimple, or inflammation- may trigger the production of excess melanin, resulting in dark marks or patches on the skin.
Having said that you can now understand why being a black woman, my research on Moringa oil was very specific on identifying the beauty element as much as I wanted to know the health benefit. As I was researching, I came across an article that listed all the beauty benefits of the oil and what caught my eye was the fact that it helps with getting rid of dark spots caused by Acne or sun exposure. It also provides a protective barrier for your skin that protects it from harsh weather conditions that could damage your skin.
The beautifying and healing benefits of Moringa oil was discovered thousands years ago. For example, In Egypt, Moringa oil was used for protecting the skin against the ravages of sun, sand, and dust during the long travels in the desert. Moring oil contains zeatin – the most potent plant hormone which helps in promoting cellular growth and in delaying the process of aging by nourishing and supporting skin tissues.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try out Moringa oil for your skin.
~Irene Bogonko – General Manager, Kenya office.