Moringa, guacimo, and lemongrass – healthy trinity from Mexico
I’d met Ana Ortiz from Mexican company Humar at Natural Products Expo West in Los Angeles last year. Humar is a new business and you can’t find them anywhere except their native Mexico and Chicago in the US. I really hope that at the Expo they have found retailers who want to represent their products because I think they are worth your interest. I’ve been drinking their tea for almost a year and I can see the results!
Here is my short interview with Ana, Humar’s representative at the Expo:
“We grow our trees on the coast of Oaxaca, Huatulco in particular. Saying trees I mean moringa and guacimo. We also grow lemongrass. Let’s start with moringa and its benefits. Many parts of moringa tree are good for your health. We use moringa leaves to make infusions and powders. What is so good about it? It is high in antioxidants which prevent free-radicals activity, high in vitamins A, B and C. It is also known that moringa helps to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Moringa is also rich in minerals like calcium and potassium as well as important amino acids. It is widely used in many parts of the world as food and a natural remedy.
Another plant we are growing is lemongrass. You’ve mentioned that it is very popular in Thailand as a part of daily diet. Here in Mexico we usually drink it as tea when we have a cold with sneezing and coughing, or when we have a stomach ache. In those cases, people here have lemongrass tea with milk before they go to sleep. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and lots of vitamin C that help you to cope with different cold and flu symptoms.
Now let me tell you about guacimo. This is a tree, which is sometimes called bay cedar or West Indian elm and is native to Mexico. We use it to make our infusions. It helps when you have troubles with your intestines, stops diarrhea and is used for women’s health problems like pelvic pains.
How to make an infusion? Nothing could be easier. Use hot water, not boiling, just hot, about 80˚C. Pour water in the cup, put the infusion in it and wait for a couple of minutes. Remember, don’t boil it or use boiling hot water because it kills the benefits of your brew.
Apart from the infusions, we produce moringa and lemongrass capsules so that people who don’t like the taste of infusions could still have all the plants’ benefits.”
You can find more information about Humar on their official site www.humar.mx