This ‘Tree of Immortality’ Keeps Disease Away

March 30th, 2021

By Nick Polizzi

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Sometimes this quest for lost healing medicines can feel kind of like an Indiana Jones movie.

We come across the most amazing cultures, with such fascinating traditions… and the promise of new medicines that could save lives… you just can’t make this stuff up!

And today’s piece is no different.

Do you know what one of the healthiest, yet most overlooked trees on Earth is? Here is a hint: it originates from India and is commonly referred to as “The Tree of Immortality!”

*Can you hear the Jeopardy music playing?*

Time’s up! …It’s moringa!  

Every part of the moringa tree is edible and chock-full of powerhouse antioxidants, minerals, and compounds. Our ancestors have drawn on the healing properties of moringa for centuries, extracting its oil for purposes as diverse as healing skin infections, lowering inflammation, or easing indigestion.

We always keep a bottle of cold-pressed moringa oil tucked away in our medicine cabinet because it’s so unbelievably versatile. Athlete’s foot, warts, wounds — it can be used to treat them all.

My kids are well-versed in the benefits of this incredible plant too. When they bump or bruise themselves playing outside, they know Mom or Dad will dab the wound with moringa to ward off any bacteria and keep the swelling down.

And these therapeutic benefits aren’t folklore or placebo effects — they’ve been clinically proven.

In one article I came across recently, wounds dressed with moringa extract healed faster than those dressed without.

While this might be a discovery for modern medicine, it’s old news for healers trained in Ayurveda — a 3,000 year old medicine system that uses moringa as a treatment for more than 300 disorders.

Just goes to show that the ancients have long known what scientists are just discovering now!

But beyond these powerful healing benefits, moringa is also deeply rooted in human history.

Moringa even features in its own Indiana Jones style-tale, helping to shape the outcome of the battle between Alexander the Great, and the Mauryan warriors of India.

As the legend goes, Alexander the Great began his march eastwards, determined to conquer India and beyond. When he crossed the Indus river, he was met with an unexpected surprise–the Mauryan warriors were waiting for him on the other side.

These warriors were known to be men of stamina and valor who drank tea extracted from the moringa leaf daily.

Alexander’s armies were no match for the warriors — apparently moringa tea not only imbued them with strength, but it also numbed any pain. After two years Alexander was forced to give up. This unstoppable conqueror was foiled by the moringa tea-drinking Mauryan warriors — talk about a powerhouse plant!

I invite you to dive deeper into the history behind this special tree and its many different uses — it truly is a journey of discovery learning more about our sacred plant medicine companions.

Stay curious,

Nick Polizzi

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About the author:

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and editing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick’s current role as director of The Sacred Science documentary and author of “The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path For The Modern World” stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

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