Although Noni plant (Morinda citrifolia) is not new product, it is being widely recognized for its
medicinal and regenerative value in the skin care market.
The noni plant is assumed to have originated in Southeast Asia. It is believed that French Polynesians took the noon plant with them when they colonized the islands of the South Pacific, as a source of food and medicine, about 2000 years ago. Written documentation exists stating that the fruit was used as food in Tahiti, Fiji, Roratonga, Samoa, Australia and India. They also used a yellow or red dye that was obtained by scraping and pounding the roots and bark. This dye was later used to color tap cloths and clothing.
The noni plant is a small evergreen tree that grows 3 to 6 meters high. All parts of the plant can be used and are reported to have some role in the treatment of common everyday illnesses. Some of the illnesses the noni plant is used to treat and modern uses are: ADD/ADHD, addictions, allergies, arthritis, asthma, brain problems, burns, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive problems, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, gout, hypertension, immune deficiency, infection, inflammation, jet lag, multiple sclerosis, muscle and joint pain, polio, rheumatism, severed fingers, sinus, veterinary medicine.
Its medicinal benefits have nor yet been established scientifically, but the plant does contain compounds of proven medicinal value. They include metabolism-regulating xeronines, anti-inflammatory scopoletin and immune-boosting polysaccharides.
Different parts of the noni plant are also marketed as powerful ingredients in many products or as products on their own. Noni fruit oil is used in shampoo and conditioner, other products available are capsules, deodorant, noni body powder, hand and facial soap, noni foot and body lotion, juice, fruit extracts, eye cream and rejuvenating face masks. Another product available is noni collagen which is supposed to be used as a maintaining product for cosmetics thus improving products’ effectiveness. It is intended to replace some harmful chemical additives. The tree’s dried leave’s are marketed as tea for their medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Noni juice contains a variety of antioxidants which are very useful because they prevent free radicals from damaging cells.
You can find many companies offering these products online. Some of them have created hair line products using noni as its main ingredient Noni capsules may range from $8 (100 capsules/ 500 mg) to $14 (60 capsules/ 375 mg). Juice can be found for $23 – $30 for 32 oz to $13 for 18 oz. You can find 2 oz noni deodorant for $7.50 and body powder for about $7.50 to $9.50 for 3-4 oz.
Some products you may find that contain noni mixed with other natural ingredients. For example, there is a company that produces noni and lemongrass shampoo for about $5. Shampoo can cost from $15 to $30 depending on the concentration of the ingredients used.
There are a wide range of products available but, it is easier to find noni juice than personal care products using noon as a natural ingredient.
Although all information on noni seems to be positive, some claim that the sugar and potassium contained by it make it unsafe for diabetics and people with renal failure to use. It may also cause constipation, although some believe the leaves, flowers, fruit and bark can be used as a laxative. Some also think that noni can help treat many ailments such as as cancer, AIDS, heart disease and diabetes, but this info was found to be groundless according to the Creighton University’s Medical Center.
Unfortunately there seems to be little interest in using this wonderful ingredient in products nowadays. Also there is not much information on the benefits of adding such a powerful fruit to personal care products.