Moringa and moringa oil
The easiest way to make moringa oil – also known as ben oil – is not necessarily the best, because heat damages some of the nutrients that make moringa oil such a potent and effective treatment for skin and hair.
But if you want to test the waters, using the stovetop method will be a good way to determine if you’re willing to put in the effort to make your own oil.
Using mature maringa seeds, which are about 40 percent oil, toast the seeds in a cast iron skillet for even heating, stirring often until the seeds turn dark brown.
Crush the seeds well to expose the oils. Using a potato masher would work well, and would contain any escaping oil in the cast iron skillet.Place the crushed seeds in a pot of boiling water and boil the seeds until oil begins to separate from the water and rise to the surface. Boil a few minutes longer, then skim the oil off the top of the water and store in a sterile glass container.
To produce cold-pressed oil you will need the following:
2.A shelling machine
3. A moringa oil press
You will have to invest a hundred to thousands of dollars at the outset to begin cold pressed oil, but if you’re growing your own seeds, you can easily establish a thriving business selling the pricey oil, which can be used as a perfume base, a luxurious base oil for homemade soap and a high-end oil to help improve the look and feel of skin thanks to penetrating moisture and multiple skin-friendly antioxidants.
Moringa seed oil press machine
The steps are fairly easy, but it's important to work fast, because if you don't press your freshly-shelled seeds soon after, you'll end up with a dark oil.
1.Using a shelling machine, remove the papery shell and coating from the seeds.
2.After making sure that all the components of your oil press are clean, start the press and allow it to warm up for a few minutes before pouring your shelled seeds into the funnel.
3.After a few minutes, oil will begin dripping from the outlet, ready for collection.
4.Allow the oil to settle for a few days so any sediment sinks to the bottom before bottling.
5.Carefully bottle your oil, leaving the sediment behind.
On average, two pounds of seeds will result in 4 ounces of pure moringa oil.