The Moringa Tree has been touted as the Miracle tree for good reason. Moringa leaves are Rich in protein, amino acids, antioxidants and have antibacterial qualities. It has over 46 Nutrients and is an adaptogenic food.
Every part of the plant can be used. Moringa is used for :
- Alley cropping: With their rapid growth, long taproot, few lateral roots, minimal shade and large production of high-protein biomass, Moringa trees are well-suited for use in alley cropping systems.
- Animal forage: Leaves are readily eaten by cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. Leaves can also be used as food for carp and other fish.
- Domestic cleaning agent: Crushed leaves are used in some parts of Nigeria to scrub cooking utensils or to clean walls.
- Dye: The wood yields a blue dye which was used in Jamaica and Senegal.
- Fertilizer: The seed cake, although unsuitable as animal feed without treatment to remove the alkaloid and saponin content, can be used as a protein-rich plant fertilizer.
- Gum: The gum produced from a cut tree trunk has been used in calico printing, in making medicines and as a bland-tasting condiment.
- Honey clarifier: Powdered seeds can be used to clarify honey without boiling. Seed powder can also be used to clarify sugarcane juice.
- Honey producer: Flowers are a good source of nectar for honey-producing bees.
- Live fencing: A common use of Moringa trees is to produce live supports for fencing around gardens.
- Ornamental: In many countries, Moringa trees are planted in gardens and along avenues as ornamental trees.
- Plant disease prevention: Incorporating Moringa leaves into the soil before planting can prevent damping off disease (Pythium debaryanum) among seedlings.
- Pulp: The soft, spongy wood makes a poor firewood, but the wood pulp is suitable for making newsprint and writing paper.
- Rope-making: The bark of the tree can be beaten into a fiber for production of ropes or mats.
- Tannin: The bark and gum can be used in tanning hides.