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Traditional Medicinal & Beauty Uses of Noni

Traditional Medicinal & Beauty Uses of Noni

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Noni fruit isn’t well known in Western cultures, but it’s been a powerful tool for Asian and Polynesian healers for thousands of years. This amazing fruit has been known to help cure all kinds of ailments when used for medicinal purposes, and also offers incredible cosmetic benefits for the skin and hair. Noni is a little-known “superfood” that can offer both internal and external benefits, but most people don’t know much about it—even when it’s growing in their own backyard. That’s a shame, because noni has the potential to boost health and beauty and is a versatile healing fruit. Want to know more about noni’s traditional medicinal and beauty uses, from fighting cancer to fighting wrinkles under eyes? Read on.

What is Noni?

Noni is an evergreen tree that thrives in Southeast Asia and Australasia, often growing near lava flows but happily settling in many different environments. The noni tree produces large green fruits that gradually turn yellow and white as they ripen, giving off a distinctive odour that earns it the nickname “cheese fruit”. Noni trees produce fruit all year round, and yield about 4-8 kg of fruit per month after reaching maturity! Traditionally, healers have used all parts of the tree for medicinal purposes: the fruit, leaves, and bark. However, most people today only use the fruit for its nutritional properties. The enzymes are also used in some natural beauty products.

 

Medicinal Uses of Noni

In traditional medicine, noni has a staggering number of uses. Ancient healers found success in using every part of the noni tree for everything from pain relief to treating viral and bacterial infections. It’s almost impossible to go into every traditional use for the plant, but here are a few of the most well-known medicinal uses of noni in traditional medicine.

Colds/Flu

We all wish there was a magic cure for colds, flu, cough, and other viruses, but that simply isn’t the case. Noni, however, has been used as a natural remedy to viruses of all kinds, and can help relieve discomfort and speed healing.

Painkiller

Noni has been known not only as “the cheese fruit”, but also as “the painkiller fruit”. Its painkilling properties have been most effective for arthritic and joint pain, but it can also be effective for headaches and other types of pain. Before drugs were commonplace, this remedy helped many ease their pain. Though the claims have not been extensively studied, noni is thought to help reduce joint breakdown due to arthritis.

Diabetes Treatment

Noni fruit has been shown to be an effective preventative measure against type 2 diabetes, reducing the risk of developing the disease and enhancing insulin sensitivity.

High Blood Pressure

Due to its content of phytochemicals, selenium, and vitamin C, noni can help prevent damage to blood vessel walls, while scopoletin is thought to lower blood pressure. Noni has been used for centuries to treat high blood pressure.

Anxiety

Noni has a positive effect on both serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that help regulate mood. Noni may help improve symptoms of mood disorders like anxiety and depression by regulating these hormones and improving overall mood.

Cancer

Though it has not been formally studied, traditional healers have used the noni fruit as a cancer treatment since ancient times. Noni contains high levels of phytochemicals, similar to pineapple, and have anti-cancer properties, weakening the cancer cells and inhibiting further growth. Tests on mice and cervical cancer cells have shown that noni does have positive effects on cancer cells, and could help keep the deadly disease at bay.

Cuts, Infections and Burns

Noni’s healing and cellular support have made it an ideal treatment for all types of external wounds. Cuts, infections, burns, deep bruises, and other wounds have been successfully treated with noni, which offers cellular repair benefits. The plant can also reduce blood sugar and encourage collagen formation, resulting in accelerated wound healing. Because of its versatility, noni has historically formed the basis for the majority of natural healing formulas created by Asian and Polynesian healers.

Parasites

Parasites can cause a wide range of health problems, but noni has been shown to help prevent parasitic disease, and has been used for many different parasitic illnesses, including intestinal worms and malaria (leaves prepared as a tea).

Stomach Discomfort

Noni has a high fiber content, which has made it effective in treating stomach discomfort, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Not only does the fiber in noni help to regulate digestion, the vitamins and minerals it contains help to maintain healthy intestines.

 

Beauty Benefits of Noni

Today, noni is most often consumed as a fruit leather or juice to unlock its medicinal benefits, but it is also used as a powerful ingredient in beauty products. For many people who are interested in improving their skin and hair, noni can be a key ingredient in solving many cosmetic concerns. Here are just a few key beauty benefits the noni fruit has to offer.

Anti-Aging

Noni is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which help to repair damaged and mutated skin, leading to smoother, more youthful skin. Wrinkles under eyes, sagging skin, and other signs of aging are all reduced as noni gets to work, improving cellular repair and helping kickstart collagen production.

Fights Free Radicals

Free radicals are found in the atmosphere, and they can have a major negative impact on the skin. Free radicals damage skin at the cellular level, and even mutate cells for more significant damage. The antioxidants in noni fight these free radicals, leading to healthier skin, improved healing, and more youthful, beautiful skin overall.

Uneven Skin Pigmentation

The sun has a major negative impact on the skin, due to the UV (ultraviolet) rays it emits. These rays cause collagen to break down in the skin, melanin (skin pigment) to overproduce, and cells to become damaged. Freckles, age spots, and hyperpigmentation are all common issues for people who spend a lot of time in the sun, but topical noni extract use can help lighten and regulate the skin pigment, even preventing some damage that can cause uneven skin pigmentation.

Hair Loss Treatment

Hair loss is a common problem, but it can be very distressing for people when they first start to notice their hair falling out. For some (especially women), hair loss is even more troublesome than other signs of aging, like wrinkles under eyes! The good news is that noni is a great option for treating hair loss naturally. In many cases, hair loss is triggered by scalp problems—problems that noni can help regulate when the extracts are included in shampoos and conditioners. The noni extracts work to detoxify the scalp, promote cellular renewal, and promote healthy skin and hair, which can help prevent hair loss. The antioxidants found in the fruit also help to repair and stimulate the scalp to produce healthy skin cells.

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Drawbacks of Noni

For many people, the main drawback of noni is the smell and taste of the fruit. Even though its health benefits are easily accessible through eating the fruit raw, many people are put off by the smoky flavor of the fruit and have trouble incorporating it into their diet. It’s often described as having a funky taste, which has led some people to use it more often in savory dishes than sweet, even though it is technically a fruit. Some people use the fruit raw in ulam salads or smoothies, while others use it in stir-fries or as a blue cheese substitute. Noni juices are available, but they are not a good substitute for eating the noni raw or cooked.

When noni enzymes are extracted from the plant, they are often diluted in order to mask the natural smell of the noni. Unfortunately, this process also has the effect of reducing the noni’s skin benefits. This is why we use a unique extraction process to create the Biconi Noni Enzyme, which preserves the properties of the fruit while removing the “earthy” smell of the fruit that many find objectionable.
Finally, because noni is high in potassium, it is best that people with kidney disease avoid eating noni to prevent increases in potassium levels.

Finally, because noni is high in potassium, it is best that people with kidney disease avoid eating noni to prevent increases in potassium levels.


Unlocking the Magic of the Noni Plant

Now that you know just how amazing the noni plant is, how can you use the magic of the noni plant to your advantage? It’s always a good idea to incorporate noni into both your skincare routine and your diet if you can, but not everyone can buy the fruit easily, and for some, the taste is just too strong to tolerate. If that’s the case for you, using the plant’s benefits in your beauty products may be the best way to unlock noni’s benefits. Many of our products are formulated using the Biconi Noni Enzyme, and you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the noni fruit conveniently. When combined with other powerful ingredients from Mother Nature, like virgin coconut oil or argan oil, the noni’s powers can yield incredible benefits for the skin. Give noni a try for yourself, and see how it can help you attain better skin!


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