Added/Modified on February 14, 2015
Also Known As: morinda citrifolia, Great Morinda, Indian Mulberry, morinda, hog apple, and canary wood.
Noni is a shrub or small tree native to Southeast Asia. It has been naturalized throughout India and beyond.
The plant is found in shady forests or along rocky shores. It matures quickly, producing fruit through the entire year.
Noni fruit has a bitter taste and very pungent odor. It has been called cheese fruit, and even vomit fruit.
Starting out a yellowish green color, it turns nearly white when it has fully ripened.
Traditionally this fruit was eaten in times of famine or poverty rather than by choice because of its unappealing taste and smell.
The large leaves, fruit, seeds, and even the bark of the Noni plant have been used medicinally. Recently Noni juice has become a multi billion dollar market worldwide.
Commercially Noni Juice is sweetened to improve the bitter taste. It is generally available in juice, concentrate, tea, capsule, and tablet form.
Noni leaf tea is sometime available in health food stores, the juice is more readily available and a tea can be made from the noni juice.
What is Noni Tea? Noni Leaf Tea is made from the dried roasted noni leaves. It comes in tea bags, and loose leaf tea. A tea can also be made from Noni juice, choose a brand without high sugar content.
Noni Tea Preparation:
Tea Bag or Loose Leaf Tea:
Bring water to a boil, put in tea bag or loose leaf tea in a container. (Tea ball or tea spoon.) Let steep 3-5 minutes. Sweeten to taste.
Warm juice to desired temperature, dilute with additional water if desired or you have a concentrated product. Sweeten to taste.
Home Remedies Using Noni Tea:
Historically Polynesians and South Pacific Islanders used dried and crushed Noni leaves to make a tea for cleansing and healing the body and spirit. Topically it was used to treat joint pain and skin conditions.
Today Noni Tea is utilized as a general health tonic. It is used in the treatment of cancer, and chronic health conditions that include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more.
It has slight sedative affects, promoting a feeling of relaxation, a relief from menstrual cramps. Noni tea supports digestion, and may prove beneficial for weight loss.
Noni tea is known to be rich in antioxidants, it has excellent phytochemical content, including flavonoids, fatty acids, oligo- and polysaccharides, catechin, alkaloids, iridoids, scopoletin, beta-sitosterol, damnacanthal, and lignans. These phytochemicals are potentially beneficial to the body because of their synergistic properties working to make the entire body operate properly.
Side Effects of Noni Tea:
There have been few reported side effects from using noni tea, however its safety has not been adequately studied. Note that Noni is high in potassium. People who are on potassium-restricted diets because of kidney problems should avoid using Noni tea.
There are reports of liver damage from using Noni, avoid its use if you have liver disease as the compounds it contains may make your disease worse. Noni tea may decrease the activity of some chemotherapeutic agents.
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