“What’s for lunch?” I asked my mom one morning. I was staying at her place that time after just giving birth to my fifth.
“Oh, I will cook afritada,” was my mom’s reply.
“Momi, I beg, no more malunggay leaves, please,” my Firstborn pleaded.
Malunngay boosts breast milk supply
We stayed at my mom’s place for three weeks. I was treated like a queen, only leaving the bedroom to pee and take a bath. My everyday food was served on a tray. Often, too, it had malungay leaves. It is because malunggay is the usual galactagogue choice by most mothers. Also known as Moringa Oleifera, malunggay boosts breast milk supply. Thus, it has become a tradition for newly delivered moms to be fed a steaming bowl of anything with malunggay.
That day when I asked my mom what’s for lunch, my bold son begged to spare the afritada with malunggay leaves.
My OB-Gyn also recommended that I take Moringa Oleifera capsule for about a month or two to help increase my breast milk production. I did and I may say it did help boost my supply.
Malunggay treats skin infection
This mom still got plenty of boxes at home. I remember from past readings that malunggay not only increases milk supply but also helps remedy fungal or bacterial infection among other diseases.
I asked my Firstborn to try taking one capsule a day for a month. He has a skin infection. When we asked the dermatologist about it, he recommended some antibacterial ointment. The skin disease healed for a while but it reoccurs, much to my disappointment. Now, it seems the infection is all over his body, as I could see patches on his other elbow, right hand, and right foot.
Being the obedient son that he is, he took Moringa Oleifera capsule for a month. We saw immediate improvement on his skin after taking 10 capsules only. I asked him to continue and in no time, his right-hand bears no more ugly red sores. I checked his two elbows and they are healing as well.
Malunggay has healing properties
It must be because Moringa Oleifera has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that facilitate quick healing of skin infection.
Amazed by its effect, I read further. Then, I learned that Moringa Oleifera is loaded with vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and nutrients like calcium. It is also full of minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, silica, and zinc. It also has moisturizing and nourishing properties. Its excellent cleansing ability makes moringa an active ingredient in most skin care products.
More than the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, moringa has a natural antibiotic that can be used to treat or control infection.
Malunggay as natural antibiotic
I am not that knowledgeable about medical terms but from what I understand, Moringa Oleifera has pterygospermin. From my readings, pterygospermin has anti-fungal properties that counter a number of fungi causing the infection. And because it occurs naturally in Moringa seeds, pterygospermin does not carry any high-risk allergic response just like in highly processed antibiotics.
Let me share with you as well a valuable information I read from The Moringa website. A study conducted in 1981 showed that Moringa seeds have benzyl isothiocyanate. This compound is “a highly effective antibiotic and can be used to treat bacterial infection.”
My Firstborn’s skin is slowly healing. He is not taking any medication aside from the moringa capsule I told him to religiously take every after dinner. His diet is still the same and he didn’t chance bath soap, too. So I may say, we can fully credit his skin’s healing from the moringa capsule.
I may say, too, that more than boosting a mom’s milk supply, Moringa oleifera or malunggay is a powerful natural antibiotic.
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.