Haitian name: Pye pwa mirak or Benzoliv
Scientific name: Moringa Oleifera
What is it good for? Nutrition Nutrition Nutrition! It is extremely high in protein, vitamin A and C, calcium, potassium, and iron. It also contains all essential amino acids.
Moringa is considered a miracle plant since every part of it has a specific use. It's kind of insane how beneficial this plant is- root, seed, flower, pods....all of it. It is used for medicine and nutrition, and to maintain livestock and purify water. It is currently being studied more closely for its use as biodiesel.
What makes it a Haitian treasure? The moringa flowers are often used to treat colds and to improve circulation and immunity. It has amazing nutritional benefits that the Haitian people are definitely aware of. Haitians make tea and soup with moringa.
Truthfully, I can't help but feel a rush of excitement when I think about the benefits of developing Haiti's agriculture and continuing my exploration of our traditional and natural healing systems, for the health of the people first and foremost, as well as other aspects like jobs, education, economic growth, etc. Maybe it's the idealist in me.
Please see this video I cam across while doing my research. It's in Haitian creole, which I think is important. It is both interesting and educational.
I am really interested in learning more about the specific traditional uses of Moringa in our Haitian culture. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below. :)
Know your treasures and stay engaged,
The "Haitian Treasures" series explores the magnificent benefits and uses of Haiti's natural resources, which I call "Haitian Treasures" because they are truly national gems. Naïka in Balance is the premiere source for information on the tie between Haiti's natural resources and natural, traditional, and holistic healing.