From 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, a program “Discovering Medicinal Plants and Health Benefits: The Moringa Tree of India” will be held as a benefit for the arboretum.


From 7:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, a program “Discovering Medicinal Plants and Health Benefits: The Moringa Tree of India” will be held as a benefit for the arboretum.

Merv and Shirley Schrag, who have a long-time interest in  the moringa tree will be hosting the program and will provide samples of health products from the moringa tree as take home gifts. Joining the Schrags will be Ben Bowers and Russ Bianchi, who will discuss products they have developed from the moringa tree and the benefits they see from using these products. Krehbiel Meats will offer refreshments. The cost to attend is $25 per person. RSVP by July 25 at 620-327-8127.
Over the past two decades, many reports have appeared in mainstream scientific journals describing the nutritional and medicinal properties of the moringa tree of India, Pakistan, Bangaldesh, and Afghanistan. The Discovery Channel, Trees for Life, and Johns Hopkins School of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences have weighed in with anecdotal and scientific data about the aspects of this plant that are beneficial to health and well-being. Julie Torseth, arboretum director, explains that” the evening will allow attendees to learn more about this fascinating medicinal plant and help support the arboretum’s mission of educating about native and adaptable plants. Proceeds from the evening will help complete the pathway around the arboretum that was removed due to recent construction of the new Prairie Pavilion.” Donations for this pathway and for this presentation are tax deductible.