Given the love of all-natural beauty products today, we believe that there’s a lot to learn from ancient beauty rituals, ones that were sourced by those searching in their natural environments for potent and nutritious remedies. This illustrates what we believe as a brand: that there is much to be learned from cultural and environmental history. PureRooted believes that we’ve always been given what is good for us, we just aren’t always mindful of it.
Ancient beauty rituals are still intriguing and highly regarded for a reason. Think about the peach-bloom masks blended in Tang Dynasty China, camellia oil slicked into geishas’ hair, and avocado balms popularized by the Maya—ancient civilizations might have been even more obsessed with beauty than our culture is today (if that is even possible!) They utilized some of the most nutrient dense ingredients and valued beauty in a way that is sometimes lost today. Specifically, Moringa Oleifera, or moringa oil, was an ingredient that was deemed as a treasure. Ancient Sanskrit texts revealed the numerous therapeutic uses or the oil - meaning that the skincare industry might very well be coming full circle. There’s a reason PureRooted values it so dearly.
The History of Moringa
Moringa oil’s history dates back to 150 B.C., with historic text revealing the ancient kings’ and queens’ use of leaves and fruit in their diets to maintain mental alertness and healthy skin. You read that correctly, moringa has royal history. Ancient Mauryan warriors in India consumed leaf extract while in battle, providing extra energy and relieving stress. These were the warriors who defeated Alexander the Great. So, Moringa oil for face can only be positive!
Moringa is one of those botanical powerhouses that had quite the presence within the archives of beauty history—that is, until its recent resurgence within the skincare and beauty industries. Ancient Egyptians who highly valued the idealized versions of themselves saw beauty as an elaborate endeavor, which doesn’t sound too different to attitudes we see today. They were known to press the seeds, found inside drum-stick shaped pods, into oil they loved so much that it went with them into their graves—literally. Jars of moringa oil have been discovered in their tombs. They were known to spend hours indulging with oils and creams, as a way of restoring vitality and good health. The Egyptians received moringa oil across the desert from India and covered their oiled bodies with linens to rejuvenate and nourish the skin. They also recorded using the oil in a wrinkle removal formula consisting of one part terebinth (frankincense), one part wax and one part fresh moringa oil.
The Power of Moringa
There is a reason the moringa tree is called the “Mother’s Best Friend” in East Africa and “Miracle Tree” in other parts of the world—each part of the tree (leaves, stems, seeds, pods, fruits, roots and bark) all have huge medicinal value and each part is edible. Having 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, moringa oil has a bit of a reputation in the Ayurveda healing science, which has defined 300 diseases that can be relieved by the Moringa tree and the extracted oil. Jed Fahey, Sc.D., a nutritional biochemist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has studied moringa for the last fifteen years and reports that the tree might very well have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Your Beauty Takeaway
Ancient communities might not have known the science behind what they were using at the time, but moringa oil has incredible benefits for the skin due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content. The leaves of the tree are a great source of vitamin A (four times the amount in carrots), the raw laves are rich in vitamin C (seven times the amount in oranges) and calcium, protein, potassium and iron. In addition to also containing all essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins like collagen, moringa oil also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-aging properties that all work to help skin be at its absolute healthiest!