Moringa: One Seed—Two LIFE-SAVING Applications!
Lately, we have talked about some of the ways Moringa can be used outside of supplement form—particularly in rural or developing areas. You might be surprised to find out that Moringa could be the most cost-effective solution to water purification in remote regions of Africa… and that in addition to sanitizing water, it can also kill Malaria-spreading mosquito larvae without impacting the surrounding environment.
The twin problems of Malaria and water purity affect many regions of the world, but Nigeria, Africa’s largest nation, is the hardest hit.
According to the US Embassy in Nigeria, 97% of Nigerians live in areas at high-risk for malaria infection—and 111 million out of a population of 173.6 million have been infected with Malaria; over 300,000 die every year. To make matters worse, access to sanitized water is available to only 54% of the population.
A 2013 study at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria looked into the use of plant-based insecticides—largely because chemical insecticides are expensive and require expert application to avoid damage to wildlife or the already limited water supply—to curtail the mosquito population responsible for the spread of Malaria. While further research is required to make Moringa insecticide a reality, the study showed that oil from Moringa seeds, while harmless to humans, made an effective insecticide against Malaria-carrying mosquitoes and did not affect the environmentally important Guppy Fish, a species brought to Nigeria to eat mosquito larvae.
Many rudimentary water purification systems rely on Aluminum Sulfate (Alum) as the major coagulant in the purification process. This is problematic for several reasons. Alum is usually imported into the countries that need water purification the most, making it expensive and unfeasible in many areas. There have also been studies that show Alum might be toxic to humans, or at the very least, accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Again, scientists are looking for plant-based alternatives that can be locally-grown, sustainable and cost-effective. Moringa provides that alternative.
Moreover, the same Moringa seed can be used for both applications. While Moringa powder for water purification often comes from the crushed, mature seed, it can also be harvested from what is left over after a seed has been pressed for its oil—the oil needed to create the mosquito insecticide.
Moringa: One seed, two life-saving applications… This is why Dead Sea Moringa’s, Buy One get One Tree program is so important!
Who Are We?
Dead Sea Moringa is a partnership between the evangelical community and the nation of Israel. The primary goal of Dead Sea Moringa is to produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects throughout Israel. Dead Sea Moringa has also recently partnered with an organization in Togo, Africa to oversee the cultivation and harvesting of Moringa, as well as its distribution to malnourished children in that region.