Moringa Oil Benefits:
Moringa trees have been known to heal and provide dense nutrients throughout time. Their seeds can be used for medicine, food, and water purification. The leaves can be cooked like vegetables or dried. They also provide necessary vitamins for a healthy disposition. Moringa leaf powder is very easy to make and provides 10 times more vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 15 times more potassium than bananas, 12 times more vitamin E than almonds, 9 times more protein than yogurt, and 25 times more iron than spinach!
A beneficial form of the Moringa seed is oil. This oil is beneficial both as a food and for medicinal properties. It is also known to be a main ingredient in beauty products and other industry uses. Always purchase your moringa oil products from a trusted source in order to benefit in full from moringa’s various benefits. However, we understand that some consumers would like to try to make moringa oil at home. We share the methods in the following article.
Moringa oil extraction
Moringa oil extraction can be done either by cold press method or by solvent extraction. Cold press method is the use of electrical extraction machine or manual hand press machine. Solvent extraction is a method applied based on the different solubility properties of two compounds.
There are different ways of making Moringa oil by solvent extraction. But here is one simple way you can make Moringa oil at home quickly:
● After harvesting your seeds or buying them, put it in a pan and stir fry it till they turn dark brown.
● Remove it from the fire and pour it into a blender or grinder to crush the seeds.
● Pour the crushed Moringa seeds into a pot of hot water and boil them. Boil until the oil is visible on top. When you see the oil on top, you should cook it a little longer. You can cook for about 20 more minutes.
● After boiling, you can now skim off the oil and allow it to cool before you pour it into a container. Voila! Your oil is ready for use.
There are other ways of solvent extraction that can be carried out. They are mostly used for commercial purposes. The crushed Moringa oleifera seeds are heated in a flask containing hexane. After heating it, the hexane solvent is separated from the oil by distillation and then washing the mixture with saturated NaCl. If you are interested in the commercial way of solvent extraction, you will need to learn about it in details.