Moringa Oleifera or also known as Malunggay is a very popular plant which grows in the tropical climates in Africa, India and Philippines. Its maximum height is about 9 meters and it has erected white trunks. The compound leaf has 3-9 leaflets. It has fragrant flowers that produce long pods and three-angled winged seeds.

Many people add malunggay leaves to various dishes without even knowing their amazing health benefits. Today we are going to present you the healing properties of this plant.

1. It acts as a detoxifier

Malunggay leaves have the ability to detoxify the body. According to Medical Health Guide, this plant can be used for cleaning wounds and sores. Malunggay decoction can be used as a gargle for alleviating mouth sores and sore throats. If you have skin inflammation, ground the plant’s bark, leaves and seeds into a poultice and apply it to your skin.

2. It regulates the blood sugar

Another health benefit of this plant is its ability to regulate the glucose in the blood. According to the studies, participants who consumed malunggay tea managed to reduce their blood sugar levels. Although the effects of malunggay tea on the glucose in blood were not significant, it did make a promising premise that this plant may help in the treatment and management of this endocrine disorder.

3. Improves the vision and resistance

Malunggay leaves can improve your vision and your resistance to numerous diseases. Namely, the plant is abundant in vitamins C and A. Vitamin A enhances the vision and the integrity of the mucus membrane and skin, while vitamin C boosts the function of the immune system, thus protecting the body from infections and germs.

What’s more, vitamin C can also promote the collagen function, a substance that connects loosely connected tissues and cells. The amount of vitamin C in an ounce of malunggay plant equals the amount of this vitamin in seven oranges.

4. Bolsters the metabolism and digestion

Malunggay tea has beneficial effects on the metabolism and the process of digestion. This is due to the fiber in its content which aids in the digestion processes. Fiber also promotes the elimination of toxins and impurities and prevents hemorrhoids and constipation. This plant gives a boost to the metabolism thus speeding up the process of burning fats and calories.

5. Enhances the cardiovascular health and strengthens the bones

Malunggay is great for strengthening the heart and the bones owing to calcium in its content. It promotes the bone density and the bone strength. It also improves the heart contractility, thus preventing any irregularities in the heart rhythm.

6. It alleviates scalp problems

If you combine malunggay leaves with coconut oil it will help you in the treatment of various scalp problems. It will also promote the hair growth and contribute to healthier and shinier hair.

7. It encourages the production of milk while breastfeeding

In order to encourage the production of milk in nursing mothers, make sure you boil the milanggay leaves and consume the tea on a regular basis.

8. It relaxes the body

If you suffer from insomnia or restlessness, malunggay leaves may help you to overcome these problems, since the plant acts as a relaxant.

9. It has anticancer properties

Malunggay leaves are proven to have calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin D, A, C, flavonoids, essential amino acids and antioxidants which give this plant anticancer properties. It can help in the treatment of skin and prostate cancer. Apart from healing tumors, this plant prevents the cancer cells activities.

Malunggay Basil Pesto Recipe


• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 handfuls of fresh basil
• Parmesan cheese
• A handful of nuts (lightly toasted)
• ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
• A handful of malunggay leaves

Optional ingredients:

• Chili flakes
• Nutmeg
• Lemon juice
• Lemon zest


Put the ingredients into a blender (except for the salt and cheese) and mix them well. Add the olive oil slowly and mix again until the mixture gets a paste-like consistency. Then, stir well while adding salt and cheese.

You can also prepare a sauce with the remaining extra virgin oil. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest to give the dish different flavor.

Apart from being very delicious, this recipe will provide your body with numerous nutrients. You can add it to other meal recipes as well.