Another name for the Drumstick Tree is Moringa Oleifera. The Drumstick Tree is called that due to the seed pods are long and slender like the sticks that drummer use. The tree itself is rather slender with drooping branches that grow to 10 m in height and when it is cultivated, the person will cut it back to one meter. The tree is allowed to re-grow and that way the leaves and seed pods are always in arms reach.
The health benefits of drumsticks were first officially known about two decades ago and many of the health benefits were known by the people of India.
The drumstick tree is a popular thing to see in the backyards of homes in South India and now, drumstick are widely cultivated in India, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Sudan, West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, Asia, Latin America, Pacific Island, and Florida in the United States.
The pods of the drumstick are important vegetable in curries, sauces, and are very popular in India food. Crushed drumsticks leaves are used for a cleaning agent and the seeds are used for clarifying honey and sugarcane juice. The seeds are used for purifying water, also. The seeds can be eaten green, roasted, powered, and steeped for tea.
Trees for Life have tried to protect the drumstick tree from getting used up because of their health benefits in a world that is suffering from malnourishment. This tree is a rich source of highly digestive proteins, calcium, iron, Vitamin C, and carotenoids.
Every part of the drumstick tree is used up for medicinal reason and for examples, the round leaves are used to treat many ailments because of the high content in iron. Because of high source of iron, calcium, and vitamins, the leaves can be used to help the babies and children build strong and healthy bones. The leaves are used to purifying blood streams and to prepare the tonic that is need a person needs to ground the leaves with water, filtered the water out, and mix the grounded powder with milk.
The leaves are used to treat many ailments such as the wheezing of asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis. A soup mixture is made by boiling water with a handful of leaves for five minutes and let cool for five minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste.
The leaves, pods, and seeds can be used in treating infections of the throat, chest, and skin. Mix the leaves, pods, and seeds into boiling water for five minutes and then let cool. Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste.
A teaspoon of drumstick-leaf juice mixed with honey and coconut water will help to prevent digestive problems such as diarrhea, dysentery, colitis, jaundice, and cholera. It is also good in treating urinary disorders such as excessive urination. Fresh drumstick-leaf juice can be mixed with lime juice to help prevent acne, pimples, and blackheads.
This little known vegetable has potential to improve nutrition and boost food security.