It is so unfortunate that. Dr Oz has missed the opportunity to educate people about the importance of eating Moringa Leaf as a whole food. Instead he told his audience to use the Moringa Tea Bags. As with all foods, you get all the nutrition if you eat it as a whole food and not in parts or dilutions. In order to get all the nutrition from Moringa and all the Moringa health benefits, you should eat or drink the leaf powder. Moringa tea bags gives you the flavor of Moringa but may not provide all of the vitamins which can be fixed in the leaf. It would be like soaking a steak in water and drinking the water in order to get the protein and calcium. So if you have Moringa Leaf Tea Bags, cut the bag open and make your tea with the leaf powder. Be sure to stir the leaf powder as you drink because the leaf powder will settle to the bottom. If your tea bag has loose Moringa leaves, steep them and then eat them.
Moringa tea bags were sent to me by a producer to see if I would carry them. When I opened up the tea bag, I found twigs and rubble. None if it was from any part of the Moringa tree. If you don’t know what Moringa looks like, you won’t know when you get tricked.
Since writing this original article, I have had one persistent person insisting that tea from Moringa Tea Bags has the same amount of vitamins as eating the whole leaf powder. I would like to believe this is true and am willing to be wrong if I can find any evidence, but I haven’t. I have altered the article so the consumer can make the choice of which information they believe on the vitamin and nutritional content in teas. I would make a lot more money if I put my Moringa Leaf Powder in tea bags. But I don’t believe that the customer would get the full spectrum of health benefits.
Moringa Tea Benefits
More that 16 years ago, I began to grow Moringa trees. Once there was enough leaf to harvest and process, I began to take my wares to the local Farmer’s Markets. My first product was Moringa Tea. I made two varieties, one with Moringa dried leaf alone and the other with fennel. At the end of the markets, I would have lots of the used leaf. After just a few times, I realized that the bulk of the nutrition of the Moringa leaf was being thrown out. Steeping the leaf for conventional tea was wasting the nutritional powerhouse of Moringa. I decided to grind the dried leaf down to a fine powder and make tea from that. It was a bit unusual for most people. The leaf powder does not dissolve in water so there is always a sludge at the bottom of the cup. I had to always remind my customers to swirl and drink, swirl and drink, like fine wine.
From my mother’s culture, making tea is an art. The tea used in the traditional Japanese Tea ceremony is a powdered tea called matcha. It looks very much like Moringa Leaf Powder but very bitter. I even began to carry the same utensils used for the Japanese Tea Ceremony because they work very well for stirring Moringa Leaf Powder.
Most of the Moringa tea industry has embraced the leaf powder instead of the loose leaf. It is my opinion that there is more nutrition in the Moringa Leaf Powder than in the loose leaf tea bags. When you steep the Moringa tea bag and then throw it out, you are throwing out nutrition. But when you drink all of the Moringa Leaf Powder as a tea, nothing is wasted.
Drinking Moringa tea is one way to add Moringa to your diet. The simple ritual of making tea can be very calming especially if you follow simple gestures. It is very involved to learn the Japanese Tea Ceremony but you can create your own version that is fulfilling and will help you to slow down from the rush of daily life.
When we slow down our pace and focus on a small and gentle activity, it reminds our spirit that there is enough time for everything. Find a place you can set your tea making utensils together so you can see them and be reminded to sit a few moments and enjoy a cup of tea. You may want to go to an antique store or second hand store to look for unusual or old tea making things that delight you. I use wooden trays a lot to place things together.
Many years ago, I traveled to Japan with my mother. We met an old friend of hers at a hotel gift store. She told me later that her friend watched me very closely to see what things I picked up to look at closer. He saw my interest in a small ceramic eggplant with a removable top. He bought it and had it delivered to my family’s home. I use it now to store my Moringa Leaf Powder at my tea table. It always reminds me how special small gestures can be. On my tea tray is also a beautiful iron tea pot from my husband, Chris, my favorite tea cup set of a Claude Monet design, Water Lillies, sometimes a rose, sometimes sweet peas. I use a small spoon in the shape of a heart a dear friend gave me years ago when she visited from Germany. It brings her into my tea ceremony when I make my cup of Moringa tea. In this small way, we can travel around the world and remember our friends no matter the distance.