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How to Make Homemade Malunggay (Moringa) Tea

Jay is a freelance writer. He is the founder and chief editor of JMP Creative Media and editor in chief of Valencia Weekly Journal.

Foliage of Moringa oleifera.

Foliage of Moringa oleifera.

Malunggay Tea at a Glance

Malunggay is a widely cultivated plant in the Philippines. It is also known as Moringa, West Indian tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree, drumstick tree, la mu (Mandarin), arzan taiga (Burkina Faso), windi bundu (Niger), etc.

Malunggay is a very nutritious plant and its benefits have been acknowledged by nutritionist, dietitians, and nutrition researchers. Considered a miracle plant, the tea derived from the leaves of this tree has high levels of flavanoids or polyphenols. These are antioxidants that can help detoxify your body and strengthen the immune system.

If you are lucky enough to have a Malunggay or Moringa tree in your backyard, then you will be able to easily make tea with the plant’s leaves and reap its full nutritional benefits.

A fully mature Malunggay (Moringa) Tree

A fully mature Malunggay (Moringa) Tree

Steps to Making Malunggay Tea

  1. Harvesting of leaves
  2. Sorting
  3. Air-drying
  4. Crushing
  5. Pan-drying
  6. Storage/Packaging
  7. Brewing
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Step 1: Harvesting of Leaves

Collection and harvesting fresh Malunggay leaves is easy. Just pick the leaves from the tree branch; they come off quite easily. Special tools are not needed to do this step.

You must pick the greenest mature leaves and make sure to remove those that have signs of yellowing. It is up to you to harvest as much or as little as you want.

Step 2: Sorting

Place the harvested leaves in a clean dry pan. Shake the leaves to remove dust or cobwebs. Then carefully pick and remove impurities such as dirt, twigs, and small insects, like ants.

Step 3: Air-Drying

After sorting and cleaning your harvest, transfer the leaves into a larger flat container for air-drying. Place the container in a shaded and cool area. Air-drying takes about three days. After the third day, the leaves become wilted and will then be ready for crushing.

Tips: Do not sun-dry the leaves. This is important because sun-drying can diminish the nutritional content of the leaves.

Step 4: Crushing

Get a fine wire mesh and place the wilted Malunggay leaves on top of it. Start the crushing process by vigorously shaking the leaves on the wire mesh. This will remove more impurities from the leaves and will eliminate leaf petioles that were shed during the drying process.

Step 5: Pan-Drying

Pan-drying removes moisture to make the leaves brittle. The process deactivates oxidative enzymes and prevents the leaves from rotting. The application of heat also stops the growth of molds. This is a delicate step and proper care must be followed to ensure that the leaves will retain their flavor and nutritional value.

Place the pan over low fire and allow it to get warm for about one to two minutes. Pour the dried leaves into the pan and continuously turn them over for about three minutes. Quickly remove the completely dried leaves from the pan and place them in a clean open container to cool.

Note: You have the option to further crush the dried leaves to make them more powdery. If you don’t want a powdery consistency, just allow the leaves to cool so you can prepare them for packaging and storage.

Step 6: Packaging and Storage

Moringa tea is best stored in an air-tight, colored glass container. This is done to minimize oxidation, increase shelf life, and retain the full flavor of the brew.

You can buy small tea bags and pack each bag with two teaspoonfuls of the dried leaves. If you do not have tea bags or you don’t want to use one, storing the tea in a glass container will do. Just make sure to use a thoroughly dry teaspoon for scooping the tea leaves.

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Step 7: Brewing

When brewing, it is best not to boil the leaves so that you can get the full nutritional benefits of Malunggay tea. What you need to do is steep two teaspoonful of Malunggay tea in boiling water. Allow the leaves to settle at the bottom of the cup before drinking the brew. You can add honey or sugar to the brew if you want a sweet-tasting tea.

My 8-year old daughter ready to taste my home made Malunggay Tea.

My 8-year old daughter ready to taste my home made Malunggay Tea.

Maria loving Malunggay Tea.

Maria loving Malunggay Tea.

Buying Moringa Tea

If you do not have the time to make your own Malunggay (Moringa) tea, you can buy from Amazon. Not many people have a Malunggay tree in their backyard so buying a month's supply of Moringa tea online is a good option. Try the available Moringa tea from Amazon.

Final Words

Brewed Malunggay tea has a leafy and earthy flavor. It tastes like vegetable soup. You and your children will surely love it.

Comments

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on July 13, 2020:

Good luck to your future ventures, Fely. :) I'm sure you will succeed.

Fely Ocsimar on July 09, 2020:

Thanks for the info. Planing to make a homemade malungay tea and planing to sell it. Hope to make it soon.

DanAbbigailPanares on June 13, 2018:

Thank you po :)

jay arcy on February 26, 2018:

Thanks for this! I have been making my own moringa powder for a few months. I sell them to officemates but use resealable foil packs. Good thing you mentioned glass bottles here. I will use them next time.

mindacbj@yahoo.com on September 21, 2017:

I buy them fresh from the store.How much water and how much leaves do I have to brew to make fresh tea ? I'll appreciate your input.Thank you.

Worraphark from Thailand on July 23, 2016:

Thanks for info, beautiful Hub.

metzi on August 10, 2015:

sir,i already put it on a hot area ...pwede pa ba rin itong gawing tea

grace on February 20, 2015:

Me nabibili po bang tea bags to pack them separately?

cherry on February 18, 2015:

Araw araw po ako umiinom ng malungay tea lalo n po pg may period

jadalei on January 08, 2015:

my sister worked in DSWD.under livelihood project siya at ito ang product ng grupo niya.noong una kong ininom, before going to bed...kinabukasan, maganda ang vowel movement ko.then tinuloy tuloy ko na at gumagawa na din ang auntie ko nito.ito na din ang iniinom ng uncle kong may sakit.ung uncle kong isa, binubodbod naman ang crashed leaves sa noodles ng kanyang apo kaya super healthy ng mga kids.marami kaming malunggay kaya super air drying kami.pang business na din at low price.

kentui on January 03, 2015:

nagpahepatest po aq active po..ng matanggap ko result jo iyak ak ng iyak..kasi sabi ng mga relatives q sira na daw future q. kc wala na daw cure or treatment. .ngresearch po ak kung nu pwd gawin..sabi dito malunngay daw..itratryt q 2..hope macure pa 2..pray for me.

mercy mahalin on November 20, 2014:

ilang araw po pwd inumin yung inilaga na malungay leaves, kung inilagay naman sa ref..thank you po..

anastacia bahatan on October 25, 2014:

yes , good to hear about malungay nutritional content. i will try to do it.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on October 13, 2014:

Hi Stan, I think what you're trying to describe will do. It's like having vegetable broth.

stan on October 13, 2014:

hi sir, meron kaming malungay tree sa yard. pwede ko bang kunin yun leaves then wash ng kaunti tapos idikdik ng kaunti tapos ilagay sa hot water? then after about 10 minutes inumin na agad?

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on September 17, 2014:

Hi Rem, to answer your questions:

1. "mga green lng dapat ung kukuhanin" - Yes. It's better if you can pick the mature leaves.

2. "hindi sya need hugasan" - No need to wash the leaves with water. The assumption here is you've got freshly picked leaves which mean they are clean. But if you are buying leaves from the wet market, maybe it's a good idea to rinse them first.

3. "air drying need ko po bang lagyan ng cover ung pan?" - You may use a screen cover. The important thing is to allow air circulation to dry the leaves.

I hope I answered your questions. Good luck with your Malungay/Moringa Tea Making.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on September 17, 2014:

Hi Marlene, you're welcome. I'm glad the article helped you.

rem on September 15, 2014:

hi sir love this page, mahilig po akong uminom ng tea pro this one is something new puro po kasi from grocery ung mga binibili namin so i just want to try this method. ask ko lng sir, mga green lng dapat ung kukuhanin then hindi sya need hugasan, pupunasan po ng tissue or cloth lang, tama po b? then dun sa air drying need ko po bang lagyan ng cover ung pan? hope you can answer these kasi i really want to try these, making may own malunggay tea for may health. thank you so much and more power.

marlene on September 09, 2014:

Ngaun alam qna kung gaano kahalaga ang malunggay sa kalusugan.bagay skn dhil ngbrstfeeding aq,mula ngaun ga2win kong tea ang moringa.salamat s information it helps me a lot.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on July 28, 2014:

meron na yata, including capsules.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on July 28, 2014:

Yes, you can do that too. But if you want to preserve the leaves for future use, drying is your best option.

Possible on July 26, 2014:

Is it also possible that i do not need to let it dry rather just pick some leaves from the tree and boiled them with water, then the water itself is already like a tea?

Emilycataya on May 23, 2014:

meron napo bang moringa tea sa mercury.

Yasmeen Kouser on May 19, 2014:

Iam taking moringa seeds its very good I grind seed make small ball I bring leaf and boil leaf water every day empty stomach I feel good

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on February 03, 2014:

Thank you.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on February 03, 2014:

Washing will increase the chance of the leaves getting moldy. Adding moisture also increases your drying period which lessens the freshness of the leaves. During the pan-drying process, you are actually sanitizing the leaves. Thank you for reading the Hub.

jovelin catubay aguilar on January 30, 2014:

So blessed to have read this post.

bam on December 05, 2013:

Why no washing? Love all the info! So helpful.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on September 09, 2013:

Thank you James. I've been to Iligan City a lot of times. It's a great city. Good luck to your tea making adventure. :-)

James D. Tumampil on September 05, 2013:

Wow great step by step demo on how to make moringa tea. Our backyard is blessed with 2 to 3 grown malunggay trees .Thanks for sharing the idea. James d. Tumampil, Iligan City.

Jay M Pascual (author) from Philippines on April 25, 2013:

I'm glad you liked the Hub. I hope it will help you. Sorry for the very late reply, I just logged back in to Hubpages. By the way, the shelf life of home-made Moringa Tea is about two months. It could last longer if you can put the dried crushed leaves into separate tea-bags and wrap them in Ziplock or other types of sealed containers. Cheers and I hope you will enjoy your healthy Malunggay Tea.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 04, 2013:

Wow! This is a great hub for me to use. I love malunggay, but I have not drink malunggay tea yet. With your step by step instructions I will be able to try this. Thanks for sharing;-)