Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Truth Behind So Called 'Wildcrafted Herbs"

                               'Wildcrafted' is used to describe herbs and Moringa leaves.

What 'Wildcrafted' means when you see it in advertisement.  

'Wildcrafted' means that the herb or Moringa leaves have been harvested from the wild. It is grown without the use of any pesticides, fertilizers or chemicals of any kind, and has been ethically harvested.  This herb to be superior must be grown in a pollution free area, including soil, water, and in untreated, unpolluted, rich soil. 

 Are True 'Wildcrafted' herbs superior?

They can be.  Were they picked from herbs far away from pollution and chemicals.  Let say you find a beautiful field of oregano in the woods somewhere? Are the herbs found near a main road. If they are, you will find soot and chemicals on those herbs. There are very few real pure areas left in the world. India is not one of them. China is not one of them. Pollution finds it way to every part of our world. 

One of my first almost tragic lessons happened when I first became an herbalist in the early 1980's. I didn't know enough and was inexperienced to say the least. We lived out away from the city but by a road active with cars. Some fennel grew outside by the road. Not thinking, I picked that and gave it to my rabbits at the time. They got sick and nearly died.  I had poisoned them with chemicals from the cars on those plants.  You don't pick herbs unless it is several hundred feet from the road. You must be an expert in identification of wild herbs. Some herbs look very similar to others.

Questions you may not know the answer to.

Had the area been sprayed with a weed killer by the county.  How is the soil in that area. Some soils have natural lead and arsenic. Was the area used in the past for crops sprayed with chemicals? Chemicals stay in the soil for years from agriculture. You may not know that the area is polluted. It may get run off from a chemical plant nearby.

'Wildcrafted Herbs' do not grow in huge fields......but small clumps of plants.

Herbs in nature do not grow in big fields...they grow in small clumps here and there. There are not enough plants growing in one spot to supply large orders full time. That is the reality.  If you are selling herbs full time, then it is impossible to only use wildcrafted' herbs...they are not enough of them.  So most herb companies who list their herbs as 'Wildcrafted' are not being truthful. The term 'Wildcrafted' can be used by anyone in their descriptions.  It takes huge amount of fresh herbs, to make dried powder.

How can companies sell hundreds of pounds of herbs that are really 'Wildcrafted'

So most herb product advertised as 'Wildcrafted' are not....use your common sense folks. It sure sounds good when they are selling you their product.

What does 'Wildcrafted Morniga' leaves mean?  

It means that the native people go around their home areas finding Moringa trees and pick the leaves.  They do not come from a plantation but trees scattered here and there.  These trees may be growing in good soil or may not be. These trees may have been watered by pure water or may not have. The trees may be right by a main road heavy with smog and pollution.  You don't have any idea. It may take a whole day to pick enough for a wagon load. Those hours it takes to pick enough leaves for the day, are breaking down in the wagon. The product is wilting and deteriorating in quality. It takes a lot of Moringa leaves to fill a wagon.

India and third world countries use chemicals to spay areas of water to kill mosquitoes. Malaria kills many thousands each year. If the water feeding the Moringa trees has chemicals in it. Those chemicals end up in the leaves.  'Wildcrafted' Moringa leaves does not mean they are healthy. It means the growers who are selling them, have no groves of Moringa trees.

One Moringa seller who is very popular and in the top of the search engine rankings says he gets the leaves from India and other countries. Ask yourself these questions first and be honest...........

Do you really think he visits all these countries to examine the resources from whom he buys those leaves?

Do you think he has visited all those Moringa growers who supply him with leaves?

Do you really  think he knows the real quality of his leaves, when he buys them from 3 different countries?

He buys thousands of pounds a week. Even if it is just from India, it may be leaves from different areas of the country.

If you say, yes, to the above questions, you have your head in the sand. It is what you want to believe because you are eating his product.  A pretty package does not mean anything except he knows how to market his products. A pretty package makes you think less about the quality of its contents.
Most Moringa sellers do not have groves of trees they own and manage. How do I know this. I have emails on the subject from sellers I have asked this question. I have been doing research on this for 2 years because of the orders I lost to fraudulent dealers.

You need to think about what you are being told and not told on labels and on websites. 

This is all for now...Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow and blessings

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Please support this blog by buying your Moringa products through my website at 


Friday, May 25, 2012

Moringa Organic Certificates-What Does it Mean in Reality

Hi Friends,

I get calls everyday on this question. Consumers think that having an organic certificate is a guarantee the product is safe and worth the extra money the organic product costs. You need to read this article so you know the facts about the food or Moringa you are buying.

So Many you know what they mean?

The terms "100 percent organic'.......'organic or made from organic (specified ingredients or food group)" or "certified organic"  must have gone through an organic application process.  Those terms should not be expressed in ads or on labels unless they have been approved. Often companies throw out these terms to their customers but are not acting legally to do so. 

These rules below are only a few of the hundreds involved:  

1) A description of practices and procedures to be performed and maintained, including the frequency with which they will be performed;

(2) A list of each substance to be used as a production or handling input, indicating its composition, source, location(s) where it will be used, and documentation of commercial availability, as applicable;

(3) A description of the monitoring practices and procedures to be performed and maintained, including the frequency with which they will be performed, to verify that the plan is effectively implemented;

(4) A description of the record keeping system implemented to comply with the requirements established in §205.103;

(5) A description of the management practices and physical barriers established to prevent commingling of organic and non-organic products on a split operation and to prevent contact of organic production and handling operations and products with prohibited substances; and

(6) Additional information deemed necessary by the certifying agent to evaluate compliance with the regulations.

(b) A producer may substitute a plan prepared to meet the requirements of another Federal, State, or local government regulatory program for the organic system plan: Provided, That, the submitted plan meets all the requirements of this subpart.

Organic certifications cost thousands of dollars, involve months and months of paperwork and red tape.  It is out of reach of most small companies to do that.  The paperwork on a daily basis to keep up that certificate is enough to give you a brain seizure.  Many companies grow their vegetables and trees organically but do not have the money to go through the process. They are organic but cannot state that on their products.

What is involved in getting an organic certificate?  The National Organic program states that organic crops must be grown on a field, free from pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizer for three years proceeding your growing your organic crops there.  So you must start the process several years in advance.  If your land has been used for commercial crops before you bought it, the soil will be contaminated with chemicals and commercial fertilizer.

The cost of a certificate itself is from $750.00 on up into thousands. It depends on the size of your farm, what you raise, and many other factors.

An organic farm that brings in $5,000 a year or less from sales of organic agricultural products is exempt from organic certification

You must go through an application process that may take months and get certified by the National Organic Program or NOP.

Next you will get an inspection to see your farm, its production equipment, and records. If he finds problems, you will be given a list of those issues, and a time frame to fix them.  Then there will be another inspection to see if you are in compliance. 

A few requirements ( there are pages more)  for being organic: This is from their website below:

  • National Organic Program Standards requires every single farm, ranch or handling operation seeking organic certification to submit an initial organic system plan (OSP).

    The OSP is a general management plan of an organic production or handling operation. The plan should include all aspects of the various organic handling and production methods that will be used by the operation. For example, growing practices, animal management, record-keeping policies and more are covered by the OSP.

    After becoming certified the organic farm, ranch or handling operation must submit an updated OSP annually. Additionally, OSP updates must be provided whenever operational changes are made.

    Organic Status Requirements in India. 
    In India, the company is initially inspected. Their fields, water source, soil, equipment are all examined. This is only performed once a year unless they have reason to do otherwise. They perform additional inspections if there are complaints.  So on the inspection all is great.

    What happens the rest of the year on these requirements?

    There is a lot of room for cheating with fertilizer, with chemicals, with the cleaning steps. Just because you put on your records that these steps were done, does not mean they were done all the time. Records are easy to falsify. 

    Does an organic certificate mean my food is pure and safe to eat? 
     One organic company I received samples from failed the FDA tests for dirt, mouse parts, and insect parts. They flagged the samples because of improper labels.

    What if the labels had been correct? 

    They probably would have sent them through. I would have been trying on myself and family, Moringa with mouse parts and insect parts. Only a microscope can see this. This was all ground up in the powder.  Each shipment may or may not be quality stuff.

    Should I only buy organic?

    Just because a company is not organic, does not mean it is not a high quality product. You need to know how the product is grown, picked, dried, ground,  and packaged to have any idea on its quality. Ask the company these questions. Ask, Ask, Ask!  

    The real truth is that a company that is not organic may be as good or better than one who is organic. It gets down to the owner, his ethics and business standards.  Organic is not a guarantee. It does let you know certain steps have been taken on that food. It does tell you that owner is being watched even if only once or twice a year. It gives you some indication of their standards.

    Next blog will be on the term, Wildcrafted and grown organically

    All for now Kate Freer, The herbladyisin

    I do have seeds for sale here folks

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What Does 'Natural' Mean in a Label- The Reality May Shock You!

'Natural' or 'All Natural' are buzz words used by companies so you will more likely buy a product. It is a feel good term. Are natural potato chips all that good for you in

This label is very misleading to consumers. They have the impression that it is a very healthy food. Not always true by any means. Often it contains excessive calories, fat, and clog up your arteries ingredients.

The FDA regulates label wording for the seller. The FDA only applies 'natural' or 'all natural' to added color, synthetic ingredients, and flavors. There is no requirement for food companies to list all the chemicals found in their food products.Natural foods are supposed to be processed without preservatives and additives.

So a 'natural' or 'all natural' product may contain :

toxic metals.
trace amounts of PCB's,
high-temperature cooking by-products,
other non-natural substances.
Always read labels on everything.

So What does Natural Moringa Powder really mean?

Natural Moringa Powder means it is just the Moringa leaves in the product. It may contain leaves, flowers, or pods. It would state that as well, if that is the case.

That does not mean the product is up to nutritional standards,
It does not mean that the food is not contaminated,
It does not mean the product is free of dirt, insect parts, mouse parts, bacteria, heavy metals, or other things.

Natural does not mean pure or clean.

It does not mean the product was not irradiated at some point in the system.

Some countries require labeling for treated product, but often it is not required.

Is the Company who produces the product GMP compliant?  

GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices in the United States.

If the product is purchased from a GMP compliant company, it means that they test their product for metals, bacteria, and other toxins. GMP is required for most supplement companies in the United States.

It is a set of standards and testing for the product, storage, processing, and final step of putting the product in capusles or bags. It regulates the equipment used to handle the products, and it costs the companies thousands of dollars to meet those GMP Regulations.....that is why many small companies are going out of business.

There are many small companies operating outside the GMP regulations and radar. GMP or Good Manufacturing Practices are a law for food and supplement businesses now.  There are GMP laws in many foreign countries as well.  Unless the company from a foreign country states they are GMP compliant, they are probably not.

If they don't state it, you have to call them to find out. GMP raises the cost of the product but makes it safer and gives you some confidence for quality. The system is not prefect either and companies may only undergo inspections two or three times a year. They are required to document much information on all their products. If there is a food poisoning incident, it is easier to locate the source for that contamination.

Where is the product packaged? 

Here or in the country of origin such as China or India? China is an example. Chinese foods and herbs have been found to contain drugs and heavy metals. Read the label. Huge difference in how that product is regulated. If it is packaged in a foreign country you need to find out the answers to  these questions. 

In the next  blog, we will go into the statements of organic and organic certified.  What that really means in reality.

I encourage discussion and questions on these topics.....This is critical information so you know more about the food you are eating including Moringa. This applies to herbs, herb supplements, and food.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why People Are Starving Where Moringa Grows

Hi Friends,

I had a man call me to ask this question. If Moringa grows in these countries, why is it then, there are still starving women and children.

David Kennedy answered this question in his book, 21st Century Greens. He stated in his book that on one of his trips to these countries, he saw a woman sitting under a Moringa tree with her starving baby. He asked her questions. He discovered, she did not know about the Moringa's nutritious leaves. It grows all over the place in many countries, both naturally and planted. She had no idea that she was sitting under the answer for her starvation.  There are many people  ignorant of its benefits. It is David Kennedy's quest and the quest of Trees for Life and other organizations to teach the people how to use it power-packed nutrition.

Ginkgo is another medicinal tree with leaves that are beneficial for mental energy and memory. The tree is used as a decorator tree in cities.  It is a beautiful tree but  90 percent of the people out there are ignorant to its benefits.

The sad truth is that there are thousands of herbs growing, native and planted, that people have no clue of their beneficial, medicinal properties. Yarrow grows in many yards as a pretty flower but has medicinal properties. Thyme, lavender, sage are all medicinal as well as beautiful. Do people use them as herbs? Most often not.

The truth is that nurseries lose thousands of dollars every year, because people don't have a clue on how to use herbs.  Herbs and medicinal plants need education. The stores that sell them either don't know how to use them or have no time to educate the customer.  The Moringa trees are new to most people in America. They have never even heard of Moringa. Those of us who have fallen in love with Moringa, know this beautiful, beneficial, medicinal tree will find its way into American life. 

The good news is that this is changing. More people are calling me to find out about the tree and its benefits. More Americans are asking for it and trying it. If you love salads and fresh greens, then Moringa leaves are your best choice for nutrition. The tea, hot or cold is refreshing and brings up your energy level.

Moringa is also a survival tree....that means you could live on the leaves if needed. Its super- nutrition packed leaves, pods, and flowers would keep you healthy and alive. That is why you should grow them, as well as have the powder included in your food storage program. Most of all you  need to use the Moringa leaves everyday, either fresh or as dry powder. This in itself will help you to be healthier and have more energy. It is a food that everyone would benefit from eating on a daily basis. I know that it has helped my energy and health since discovering it several years ago.

All for today. In my next column I will tell you what an Organic Certification really means from India. There are many terms thrown around: natural, pure, organic, organically grown, and certified organic.  But what really is the truth on these you really know or do you just think you know. You may be surprised on what you will learn.

Kate Freer, The herbladyisin

Please support this blog by buying your Moringa products through my website at 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Why I Want Proof from India Moringa Companies.....Disease Infested Ganges River Water

       Why we need to know how the Moringa trees are grown and how their leaves are processed. 

The Ganges River is considered sacred by the people in India. They feel because it is sacred, it cleanses itself. They don't look at the swollen dead bodies of animals and humans that float by them as they bathe and brush their teeth.

6 million tons of fertilizer are expelled into the river.

Industrial waste is 15% of the total river pollution.

Raw sewage, human waste is released into the river at 1.3 billion litters per day.  This has killed the fishing industry in India on this river.  The fish are dead or diseased.

You will find almost every kind of cancer causing chemical in the river. Facts.....

The river flows for 1557 miles and joins other rivers along the way. The sewage from the Ganges contaminates the rivers down the line. People drink from it and bathe in it along the rivers path. They wash their hands in it and water their crops with it.

How many plantations including Moringa trees are watered by this polluted river. The people bathe in this river than perhaps go pick the leaves you eat.

The world health organization says that hepatitis, dysentery, and cholera are rampantly found in the river water.
Watch these videos from U-tube on the river.

The Ganges collects large amounts of human pollutants as it flows through highly populous areas e.g. Schistosoma mansoni and faecal coliforms 


There are few environmental  rules in India. That is why the river is so bad. Everything is dumped into it....chemicals, urine, feces, dead bodies float in it.   

Is this the water you would want watering the herbs you eat?  

So they irradiate it....does that make the product healthy?  

There are a few companies who are modern, who have modern facilities, who do things the right way in India but there are many more who do not. 

How do you know the difference?  

It is the Ganges water or some better quality water that waters their fields....only they know. 

This is a series of blogs on why you should know where your Moringa powder come from!

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Please support this blog by buying your Moringa products through my website at 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Exposing Facts About Moringa Quality Including the Color of the Powder

Hi Friends,

Exposing Some Facts about Moringa Quality .........................    ................................................
How do you know the powder is good quality?
What color should the Moringa powder be?
How do I know if it has been irradiated?
Is there a problem with buying from India?

Over and over I get calls on this subject. 

I have not been able to answer those questions properly. Most of the product is not grown and processed in the United States. So I have been researching to give you answers to those questions.

Over the past year, I have contacted many sellers of Moringa Product. I asked for specific facts on how they pick, dry and process their Moringa leaf. I asked for pictures of their plantations. This has taken  a year or so. They often don't reply to questions quickly or at all. I have been researching the methods of drying and how it affects the nutrition of the leaves.

I am sad to say most would not respond back to me with this information. Only one sent me pictures. Several said it was not needed since their product went through customs. They did not have to prove the quality of their product to me.

I have had first hand experience with the problem of buying quality Moringa powder. I lost over $1500 on Moringa shipments two years ago. I have not bought Moringa powder personally to sell since then. So I speak from experience. I do not have money to personally visit India and see these people. I do not have the money to test all these samples at a lab. So I must look at how these companies grow, pick, and process their products. If they do have a legal organic certificate, that tells me something. Organic certifications are not all equal. It depends on the country that issues them and their standards. So their statement that they don't need to prove anything to me....does not fly....why?

I lost one shipment through fraud two years ago .....the company Tam Herbs was using a stolen organic certificate from another company. This was proven. He had gotten away with this for several years. It happened that the import people got two complaints, one from me and one from a German company at the same time. No other companies buying from this man had bothered to check out his organic certification until that point. How many thousands of people bought his products thinking they were organic certified

The Real Facts on the Testing of Product:

Another company sent me samples that were lab tested by the FDA and were proven to contain mouse parts and insect parts. These were samples from India with organic certifications. So the organic certification may mean nothing in some cases.

Not every package you buy has been tested. The FDA requires a test on a shipment of Moringa or herbs. Lets say there is 100 pounds in this shipment. They sample test it folks. 50 pounds of this shipment may be great. The other 50 pounds may be awful. They cannot test every pound of that shipment. So it comes down to the overall company practices, their procedures, their quality checks, and steps to have quality product.

After researching this and reading the emails received from growers recently in India, I have made the decision to discontinue selling or promoting any products from companies that will not give me precise information on their products and how they process and dry their Moringa leaf products.  

Companies must give me proof now before I will support their products on my website:  Any companies who will not show me proof, will not be supported by me. ...end of story.

They may be great companies but I want to see proof, not just their word. The overwhelming evidence suggests that is necessary after what I have learned.

So if you ask me about a company, I cannot give you an answer unless I know this vital information from the company itself. They may have a clean facility and process the Moringa leaf the right way but how am I or how are you to know that? 

Leaf Powder Color: Light Green or Dark Green?

Some of you will not agree with this blog and that is ok.  But facts are facts. I have recently consulted with  some experts on the subject including David Kennedy, an expert on leaves, their growth, nutrients, and how processing affects the nutritional value. His information and website is listed at the end of this article.

Moringa is a green leafy food.  It it known that you should eat dark, green leafy vegetables each day. It is not stated to eat light green leaves but DARK leafy green vegetables. That should give you a hint there.

Web MD states this," "Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health," says Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, a culinary educator in Northern California and the author of The Veggie Queen. That's because leafy vegetables are brimming with fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that may help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer. Even so, Americans are not eating as many vegetables each day as dietary experts recommend."

What makes greens like Kale.... dark green? 
Chlorophyll which gives the green color to leaves. Most leafy green vegetables are green not another color because of their content of this substance. When your lettuce plant leaves turn yellow...that is a bad sign. It says I have a problem and I am sick.

What good is chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll benefits the body in a number of distinct and unique ways. It is known to be a green element that helps to cleanse the body of harmful toxins. It is also an active agent that the body uses to fight infection. A regular and recommended intake of chlorophyll keeps the circulatory and digestive systems much healthier. To further assert its significance, chlorophyll is included in many of the natural nutritional supplements because of its benefits to the body

When a plant leaf has problems it will turn less green or even yellow.   A Moringa leaf when brimming with vitamins is a dark green color. So healthy Moringa leaves are dark green folks. The more Chlorophyll they contain, the darker green they are. If the powder is brown, don't use it. Send it back. Light green powder does not mean it is healthier. That is a misconception out there.

Sun Drying:  There are many problems when Moringa leaves are sun dried. Chlorophyll is reduced in the process. Sun drying  destroys Vitamin A and Vitamin C levels.  Folic Acid, B1, B2 are among the nutrients lost by sun drying. That is just fact.

If it is not dried in a clean place safe from flies, gnats, bugs, and have contamination again by these elements.

Sun dried Moringa leaves will turn a lighter green....loss of chlorophyll which makes the product less nutritious....not more as some think.

Again, I will state, that lighter green colored Moringa powder is NOT better but less nutritious.

This is a fact according to David Kennedy who is an expert on the subject of drying herbs and vegetables and how drying affects the nutrient content of the food.  Sun drying causes a lighter colored powder product...a lighter green color...means less chlorophyll.....with loss of certain nutrients. This applies to many leaves you ea

Shade Drying:

Shade drying takes place over a week to 10 days.

Unless the shade drying area is in a clean, enclosed building, this process may subject the leaves to bugs, rodents, animals, dust, and disease.

Even in shade drying, there is enough sunlight to destroy some Vitamin A in the leaves.

The drying over days subjects the leaves to mold, mildew, bacteria, and salmonella.  Read about is on page 85 of his book.

Unless the shelves it is dried on are properly cleaned and disinfected, each shipment could contaminate the next batch of leaves.

Shade drying offers many problems and is not the healthiest way to dry herbs or Moringa leaves.

How Moringa and Herbs Should Be Dried:

In his book, he states drying should take place in a special solar oven, oven in a clean facility or house, or dehydrator under low temperatures ( less than 130 degrees) and over a short time of several hours not days. Excessive heat will also kill the nutrients in the powder. Page 84 in his book. I have read this elsewhere as well.

The cleanliness of the oven is extremely important for the quality of the product. How the oven is cleaned, by what method, is one important factor.

Chemicals to clean the oven can end up in the product.

Most of the India companies have told me they shade dry their product. This buildings often are open and dirty.

What's wrong with traditional processing methods in India? 

One prominent seller of Moringa products  wrote me and I quote this directly from his email," Leaves Powder – Leaves are selected and hand picked at maturity.  Then cleaning by manual (not by water) and shade drying for about 4 to 6 days."

Notice not cleaned by water. This means you manually take off the dirt seen, bugs, aphids, and other contamination with your hands. They process thousands and thousands of leaves every hour. How well can they do that?  That leaves all the contamination not seen, not able to eliminated by hand cleaning.   

Some companies wrote me they use chlorine bleach to disinfect the product, some use salt water, and some use the sacred Ganges river water with dead bodies floating in it. They feel the water is Holy and cleanses itself.  Yes, there are really dead bodies floating in the river. It is sick and polluted.

Most often in India, Moringa leaves are  picked by hand, cleaned by hand, and separated by hand.

Some of those hands are children's hands. Child labor folks.

 Hands can be dirty. Hands can be contaminated.  This is not safe food folks.

Cleaning by hand does not take mold, mildew, bacteria or samonella off  the leaves.

Hands that contain TB, Strep, Staph, and bacteria. On many of these plantations, there are not adequate restrooms, or the ability to wash their hands on  a regular basis. They do not have health permits from the health dept maintaining their health is free from TB, AIDS, or other diseases.

Workers are often poor, uneducated on health, and just trying to survive and not starve to death.  That Ganges river water polluted with bloated human bodies is the same water that may be irrigating the Moringa trees in India. You don't know!

The quality of a product depends on water quality, soil quality, weather conditons, when it is picked, how it is picked, how it is transported to the processing area, how it is processed, by what method, and how it is packaged for sale.

How does it pass customs?

Recently, I was told by an insider than almost all India herbs and Moringa leaves are gamma irradiated.  They do not disclose that I was told. They have to because of the contamination. I thought it was required to state that on the package, but it is not or it is hidden.  Many countries do require that to be stated on the package of food.

So most Indian spices, herbs, and Moringa leaves are irradiated to kill germs and bacteria. That also causes a loss of nutrients. That means the bugs are still in there but not dangerous to eat.  How is the quality of powder after that? Probably compromised nutritionally.

21st Century Leaves, by David Kennedy.
Leaf Vegetables in Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture

This book is on many leafy vegetables including Moringa leaves. He does not sell or have any interests in Moringa leaves profit wise.  He is an expert on dark, green leafy vegetables, the growth, their nutrients, their processing, and helping others to be healthy.

You can download the book for free or buy the book below

 "Who is Leaf For Life  and Why Are they Important?

Leaf for Life helps people improve their health by showing them ways to make better use of vegetables, especially leaf crops, in their diets. Since 1986 we have worked on nutrition projects here in the United States, and in Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, India, Mexico, and Nicaragua. We show children, parents, and health workers the relationship between diet and health, and offer simple and creative ways to encourage children to eat more dark green leafy vegetables. We link our work to the worldwide movement "5 a Day for Better Health." Much of our current work is focused in two locations where diet-related health problems are prevalent: near our base in Eastern Kentucky and in southern Mexico (with our sister organization Hoja para la Vida).

Our Web Site

Our web site ( is a place to find information about leaf crops and about the people working with them. There is a leaf library, full of useful and hard-to-find information, including manuals in both English and Spanish. You'll find out which are the best leaves and how to grow or buy them, and how to prepare or preserve them. There is also plenty of information on how to make your garden a better source of the nutrition your body needs. Educators can find puzzles and games related to nutrition. We hope this web site will become an open forum that you can join by sharing useful experiences you've had working with vegetables and sending us ideas, recipes, and articles."

The above information is taken directly from their website. 

I am going to close for now.  Have a beautiful Sunday tomorrow.

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Please support this blog by buying your Moringa products through my website at 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Moringa IS Worth The Effort to Grow the Trees

Hi Friends,

I had a nice reader comment that she started the seeds, then planted them in her garden and they got waterlogged from rainfall and then died.  She asked if it was worth it to try again.  I just lost all my 2 year trees this past winter. I cried a lot. But I love fresh Moringa leaves so now I have new ones started. They are an amazing tree with leaves you just pick off the tree to eat or use in salads or teas. All of us have had plants die or be eaten by rabbits or other little animals.  Moringa leaves are pure nutrition that you know is clean and pure. You know the leaves were picked with clean hands and are fresh...right off the tree. Plant more seeds and try again.  Let me know how you do this next time.

A Few Tips:

Always plant the trees with wind protection and in well draining soil. Moringa roots rot. That is one of the most critical factors in raising them.  Add amendments to heavy clay soil. If the area tends to pool water when it rains, give the area a drain away from the roots. Keep the trees in one gallons until they get big enough to be transplanted. Put a hard wire cage around the trees. Don't transplant them until the temperature is generally 70 degrees or higher.

All for now, Kate Freer, The herbladyisin

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