How to make Malunggay Capsules and Tea

Making malunggay natural food supplements in capsule or tea formDue to the popularity of the Malunggay leaves (also known as Moringa) as a natural health supplement, some industrious folks at the The Bureau of Plant Industry have devised a way to prepare the leaves in either tea or capsule form to make it easier for human consumption. In this way, the malunggay leaves are preserved and its shelf life increased.

From the malunggay plant, we have been able to derive antibiotic’s, medicines to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, boils, sexually transmitted disease and has also been known to help lower cholesterol in people.

Traditionally the leaves are being used by lactating mothers as a stimulant for them to improve production of breast milk. Usually it is prepared in soup form but now with the advent of capsules and tea, options for the intake of malunggay has widened.

Processing the Malunggay are as follows:

  1. Harvest 2-3 young green compound leaves that show no signs of yellowing. Place collected leaves in a tray and transport them in a drying shade.
  2. Immediately after harvest, clean and sort out from the leaves any unnecessary materials such as dust and other foreign particles.
  3. Lay out the leaves on a clean sheet of paper for 2-3 days in order to dry them. Manila paper, bond papers, and other similar materials can be used as the drying mat. Do not sun dry it as this would destroy the vitamins and minerals packed in the leaves. Expect for the weight of leaves to decrease after drying. After drying, shake off the leaflets from the leaf petioles (the stems). The leaves will naturally fall-off or detach from the petiole.
  4. Shake the dried leaves by placing them on an 0.2-0.3cm fine mesh to remove leaf petiole that was shed out during the drying period. This process will eliminate other unnecessary materials that were incorporated in the dried leaves during the drying period.
  5. Roast the leaves in a pan over a low fire to reduce the moisture and sanitize it. Do this by constantly turning over the air dried leaves for 2-3 minutes. Roasting helps to preserve the leaves and improve the tea’s flavor. Do not overcook the leaves. Place the roasted leaves in a transparent plastic bag, tighten the bag and crush the bag until the leaflets are broken into tiny powder particles.
  6. Storage conditions affect Malunggay tea quality and flavor. Do not expose them directly to sun and air. Pack and store the leaves in a cool, dry, dark place in air-tight containers.

How to make Malunggay Capsules

  1. First powder the roasted malunggay leaves with the use of a food processor or ordinary blender.
  2. Empty capsules can be bought from your local drug store.
  3. Pour the powdered leaves into the empty capsules. For mass production, you can purchase a capsuling machine to automate the process of filling. For manual methods, be sure to sanitize your hands with alcohol.
  4. Storeage of the malunggay capsules should be in amber bottles or any appropriate container.
  5. It should be stored in a dry place or in a refrigerator, ensure also that the finished product is kept dried.

Preparing Malunggay as a Tea

Place 1/2 teaspoon of crushing malunggay leaves in a tea bag. Tea bags are commonly found in processing stores or chinese drug stores. Boil some water then submerge the malunggay tea bags in the boiling water for a few seconds. You can then place the malunggay tea bag in some hot water and let it soak for 1-3 minutes to let the malunggay mix with the water before drinking it.

Instructions for the proper way to plant Malunggay can be found here.


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8 Reactions :

  • nolitz : June 15th, 2009 3:24 pm

    hello im so grateful reading this website for a good benefits og moringa leaves.. thanks for sharing with us about making food supplements this miracle tree. May i know how to process moringa roots capsule..your answer will be highly appreciated. thank you so much.

  • nolitz : July 5th, 2009 1:55 pm

    hi..i want to express my heartful gratitude for sharing with me bout making of moringa cap & tea cause now im enjoying the bebefits of this miracle tree for God’s glory.May God continue bless you more..for now i want to know also how to make capsule using the moringa roots. .thanks more power!

  • lowella : July 8th, 2009 12:29 pm

    tenks 4 da info.
    it really helps my business research

  • shabbie : July 8th, 2009 8:38 pm

    thank you for sharing to us the process on how to make a malunggay tea..In fact,our group decided to study and produce this product for our feasibility study…

  • ma. theresa r. segura : August 28th, 2009 8:44 am

    i have attended the last year’s dep. ed. health congress in baguio city where mr. mamaril is one of our speaker of moringa.i was glad i have attended the said gongress, coz now i am enjoying the benefits of malunggay and at the same time i’m earning an extra income coz of selling malunggay capsules.thanks a lot…

  • nicky reodique : June 22nd, 2010 9:44 am


    thanks for the information about malunggay plant. i’ve been taking malunggay leaves as my food supplement but in my own way of preparing it. i now know that you have to roast it first since what i did is dry the leaves and pulverized only and then mix it in my coffee .
    my way of drying the leaves is putting them in a laundry bag so that it will not be flown by air and let it dry for 2 days under the sun. but now i know that drying will destroy the nutrients of malunggay.
    with these information , i think i have to pursue my plans now to make malunggay my extra income. i have 10 trees of malunggay in my little farm in bicol together with 300calamasi trees which are bearing fruits already.
    thanks again….

  • Romeo Marbella Jr. : June 29th, 2010 7:19 pm

    It was mentioned that sun-drying destroys essential vitamins, true especially in the case of Vitamin C where exposure to UV and heat should be avoided. How about the case of roasting the leaves for 2-3 minutes prior to crushing? Will this significantly reduce the level of Vitamin C? How about the other heat-sensitive vitamins/minerals?
    I have tried indoor air-drying, since i am conscious about the heat sensitive Vitamins, then “pulverized” using blender. It achieved a uniform fine powder, however it failed to easily dissolve in tap water. Also it has an unpleasant “hot” feeling in the throat when drank as concoction. Since we do not have capsulizing machine, manual capsuling is perhaps an alternative and the unpleasant feel will be eliminated. Moringa is becoming a health craze all over the world especially in Europe, I hope the Philippines will capitalize on this very promising opportunity.

  • rene : September 5th, 2010 8:09 am

    mahirap i powder kung hindi sun dry, 5 days na ndi pa natutuyo, mahirap i powder, kya sa ngayon sun dry pa rin ang ginagamit ko