To prepare moringa leaves for drinking, follow these steps:
If you have access to fresh moringa leaves, pick mature, green leaves from the tree. Choose healthy leaves without any signs of damage or discoloration.
Thoroughly wash the leaves to remove any dirt, debris, or insects. You can rinse them under running water or soak them in a bowl of clean water for a few minutes. Gently swish the leaves around to loosen any impurities, and then rinse them again.
Spread the washed leaves on a clean kitchen towel or tray. Allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Alternatively, you can use a food dehydrator or oven set at a low temperature (around 40-50°C or 100-120°F) to speed up the drying process.
Once the leaves are completely dry and crisp, you can grind them into a fine powder. You can use a blender, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle for this purpose. Grind in small batches to ensure a fine consistency.
If you prefer a smoother texture, you can strain the powder using a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any larger particles. This step is optional and depends on your personal preference.
Transfer the powdered moringa leaves into an airtight container, preferably made of glass. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Properly stored moringa powder can retain its potency for several months.
To prepare a moringa drink, take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of the powdered moringa leaves and mix it into a glass of warm water. You can adjust the amount based on your taste preferences. Stir well until the powder is completely dissolved. You can also add a squeeze of lemon juice or honey for flavor if desired.
Remember that moringa powder is highly nutritious, but it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating it into your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.