I was recently contacted about trying out Moringa Source Moringa Oil. This wasn't something I'd ever heard of and, since I'm very cautious about what products I use, I did some research to find out what moringa is. I was very pleased to find out that moringa oleifera is a plant whose leaves, seeds, seed oil, and roots have been used to improve health for centuries. Parts of the moringa plant, such as the immature seed pods (also known as drumsticks), the leaves, the mature seeds, seed oil, and roots are eaten in man countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia and in Africa. Moringa contains four times the vitamin A available in carrots, seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium and twice the protein available in milk, and three times the potassium in bananas. It also highly recommended as a nutrition source for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The plant is so nutritious that there are even organizations that use it to try to combat malnutrition in tropical areas such as certain regions in Africa.
Moringa has been used in folk and ayurvedic medicine for centuries and the leaves are even said to increase lactation. Here are some of the uses for moringa oleifera:
- Diabetes relief
- Healthy Skin
- Improving sensory perception
- Improving sleep
- Decreasing depression and anxiety
I was sent a 2 oz bottle of Moringa Source Moringa Oil to try out. This is a topical preparation and not for oral consumption. The oil was sent to me free of charge and i received no compensation for this review. The opinions here are solely my own and based on my experience with the oil. The oil didn't have specific instructions other than apply sparingly to skin. It stated that it is good for energy and rejuvenation, skin and hair rejuvenation, relaxation, and emotional well being and that it can be used as a massage oil. I had just had Joshua when I received it and the skin on my stomach was feeling very dry and rough. It was also looking a little darker than normal and was full of stretch marks, of course. I decided to use the moringa oil on there and see if it helped. I figured I'd give it about a month and then write about the results.
I applied the oil to the skin on my stomach once a day, usually after I showered. After about a week or two, I could already notice a difference. It's been about a month now and the skin on my stomach now feels soft, smooth, and moisturized. It is now back to my normal skin tone and the stretch marks have faded significantly. There is no proven way to remove stretch marks except via laser surgery but the oil has made them blend in to my skin more.They are still visible but some are a little darker and some are a little lighter than the rest of my skin. I honestly didn't expect this as I know that stretch marks can't be removed with lotions and oils. I just figured I'd use the oil to moisturize the rough, dry skin since my regular lotion wasn't working. Now my stretch marks are subtle reminders of the work my body did to grow and birth both of my boys and are no longer angry looking red gashes. I wish I had thought to take before and after pictures to post with this review.
The Moringa Source Moringa Oil is $12 for a 2 oz bottle, $20 for 4 oz, and $38 for 8 oz and a little goes a long way. I still have most of my 2oz bottle a whole month later. Moringa Source also carries moringa tea, protein shakes, capsules, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, lip balm and other moringa based products. You can view their website and make a purchase here.
Moringa Source has been kind enough to offer my readers the chance to win a 2 oz bottle of Moringa Source Moringa Oil. To enter, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be chosen and announced here and on the Diary of a Natural Mom Facebook page next Tuesday, July 24th, 2012.
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