Over the centuries, the Moringa tree has been carried to all the tropical parts of the world, where it readily takes root. Moringa tree is commonly used for food, for medicinal purposes, as a wind-break in fields, and many other purposes. The Moringa tree spread eastward form India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. From India it also spread westward to Egypt, the Horn of Africa, around the Mediterranean, and finally to West Indies in America.
Ancient Egyptians treasured Moringa oil as protection for their skin from the ravages of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans.
On the island of Jamaica in 1817, a petition concerning Moringa oil was presented to the Jamaican House of Assembly. It described the oil as being useful for salads and culinary purposes, and being equal to the best Florence oil as an illuminant–giving clear light without smoke. The leaves and pods of the Moringa tree were likewise used in local recipes.
In America, Moringa can be found in markets which cater to immigrants from India, Sri Lanka, China and the Philippines.