Moringa oleifera has been classified superfood because of its incredible range of nutrient-dense properties. The tree leaves and seeds are packed with high quantities of crude proteins, vitamins, dietary, and many other minerals. Moringa seed oil is increasingly becoming because of its numerous health and medicinal properties.
Though most people are buying this oil from the shops, you can make it yourself. With that, you will be able to control quality and ensure you are using the real moringa seed oil. In this post, we are going to show you how to make moringa seed oil and the benefits you can get from it.
How to Extract Moringa Seed Oil
The extraction of moringa seed oil can be mechanised or carried out manually. In this guide, we are going to look at the two processes and the steps you need to follow:
Step 1: De-Shelling the Seeds
The first step should be removing the seeded from the moringa fruit. The fruits look more like bean pods. You can use your nails to split the pod open or use the knife and gently remove the seeds. If the pods are very dry, you can get a nutcracker to help open them.
Make sure that the pods are fully grown, and the seeds are dry. If you are buying the seeds, make sure that they are in good condition. Don’t keep the open seeds for a long time without extracting the oil because it will become darker.
Step 2: Remove the Oil
There are two ways that you can remove the moringa seed oil- mechanised or manual process.
Machine Extraction process
The mechanised process uses a press machine to extract the oil. The process is mostly referred to as cold extraction. The machine uses compression force to crush the seeds and to remove the oil. Sometimes, you might need to heat the moringa seeds a little bit to make the extraction easy.
The mechanised process is pretty easy and produces a lot more oil. The cold extracted oil is also likely to be healthier as nutrients are not broken down by heat.
For the manual extraction of moringa oil, you need to put the seeds into a frying pan. The seeds should be one layer only. Start heating and roast your moringa seeds until the inside blows up. You should be having a pot of water already on the burner warming. Once your seeds are roasted, and the inside blown up, put them in the pot and increase the heat.
Once the waters start boiling, you will see moringa oil seeping out of the seeds and floating to the top. You can keep the water boiling for 20-25 minutes, depending on the quantity of the seeds. Then use a spoon to skim the produced oil off the water top into another container and let cool.
Step 3: Rest The For A Few Days
This is a very important step in moringa oil extraction, but most people tend to skip it. If you package the oil a few hours after the extraction, especially the manually extracted oil, it will still have water molecules. This water will spoil the quality of the oil. By letting the oil rest in cool places for at least three days, the water will evaporate. What will be left is pure oil. Any seed particles will decant.
Step 4: Packaging and Use
With the water evaporated and particles decanted, pour the oil into another container. Don’t slosh the bottom when pouring into the new container to avoid disturbing decanted particles. What you have packaged is top-quality moringa seed oil. You can start using it.
Benefits Of Moringa Seed Oil
There are many health and medicinal benefits you get from using moringa oil. First, it is important to note that this oil has a range of uses. It can be used for cooking, as an essential oil, and as an ingredient in skin and hair products. These oils have numerous health and medicinal benefits. Here are some of the benefits:
Moringa seed oils are widely used for skin applications. With so many nutrients, minerals, and bioactive compounds, it helps to improve the health of the skin. Moringa is rich in anti-aging properties, which makes the skin supple. The anti-aging properties will also get rid of wrinkled and sagging skin to give you a youthful appearance.
Moringa seed oil is a great skin purifier. It has compounds that fight skin fatigue and reduce the effects of pollution. That’s how this oil helps to maintain a natural glow. Did you know that moringa oil helps to fight dark spots, acne, and blackheads? Well, that is true. The oil can also protect and treat sunburns, as well as cure rashes, burns, and cuts on the skin.
Moringa seed oil can be applied to the hair directly or as a part of hair products ingredients. There are many ways that moringa can improve your hair health. First, the oil moisturised the scalp. We all how damaging a dry scalp can be to the hair. With moringa oil for moisturising, you will have dealt with the problem of dandruff once and for all.
Moringa oil will also make your hair stronger by providing all the nutrients it needs. This oil is packed with proteins, minerals, and vitamins, which are delivered to the hair follicles. That’s how you start growing more stronger and healthy hair. If you want to restore your once voluminous hair, apply moringa oil.
Moringa seeds are rich in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, plus many antioxidants. It’s estimated that this tree has over 40 antioxidants hence its superfood status. Moringa oil is also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. The mineral also boosts body immunity. The oil also provides the body with energy because of its high carbohydrate content.
Studies have shown that moringa oil induces good sleep and can be used by people struggling with insomnia. The oil can also help prevent and treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes symptoms. Taking moringa oil in food also improves bone, teeth, and skeletal system health.
If you want to make your own moringa seed oil, these are the steps you should follow. They are pretty easy steps. There are also many benefits that come with using these oils, and what we’ve mentioned are just a few of them.