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In the lush magical islands of Polynesia the Noni fruit has been
used for thousands of years. The ancient Kahuna considered it their
most sacred herb anda healer for every conceivable malady and
imbalance. The volcanic rich soil isan ideal environment for the
Noni to grow and flourish in and imparts a special energy and
vibrancy to the plants.
The ancient people of what is now known as French Polynesia, made
voyagesfrom island to island in ocean-going canoes, bringing with
them sacred plantsfrom their home islands. These plants would be
their basic foods, constructionmaterials and medicines used by the
Polynesian colonizers. Perhaps the mostimportant of these plants is
known as Morinda citrifolia or Noni. Ancient manuscripts handed
down from generation to generation, describe many uses for this
The Noni plant is known among the people of the tropics world-wide.
InMalaysia, it is known as Mengkudu . In Southeast Asia it is known
as Nhau . In the islands of the South Pacific the plant is known as
Nonu , in Samoa andTonga. Nono in Raratonga and Tahiti, and Noni in
the Marquesas Islands andHawaii becoming and integral part of the
Polynesian culture. An important source of food, the fruit of the
Noni tree has been used for centuries as a foodsource. Early
Polynesians recognized its pure value and consumed it in times of
During World War II, soldiers based on tropic Polynesian islands
were taught by the native Polynesian people to eat the noni fruit
to sustain their strength. The noni fruit became a staple food
choice for people of Raratonga, Samoa andFiji who ate the noni
fruit raw or cooked. Australian Aborigines were fond ofthe noni and
consumed it raw with salt. Seeds, leaves, bark and root were also
consumed by people familiar with the qualities of this unusual
plant. Traditionally, every part of the Morinda Citrifolia plant is
valued and used.
The Noni tree reaches heights of 15-20 feet and yields fruit
year-round. The blossoms of the tree are a creamy white color. The
mature noni fruit is about the size of a potato and resembles a
small breadfruit. When ripe the fruit turns yellow and white.
Polynesians picked the noni fruit before it was ripe, and place it
in a jarin the direct sunlight. When fully ripe, the noni fruit was
mashed into a puree and the juice was extracted through a cloth.
The juice was then ready for use. People traditionally took the
juice during times of rest, when the body was under the least
amount of stress. Noni was also served as a food dish.
Traditional Medicinal Uses:
- Parts of the fruit are used as a tonic and to contain fever (China,
- The leaves, flowers, fruit, and bark can treat eye problems, skin
wounds andabscesses, gum and throat problems, respiratory ailments,
constipation, and fever (Pacific Islands, Hawaii)
- Used to treat stomach pains and after delivery (Marshall Islands)
- Heated leaves applied to the chest relieve coughs, nausea, and
- Juice of the leaves is taken for arthritis (Philippines)
- Pounded, unripe fruit is mixed with salt and applied to cuts and
- Ripe fruit is used to draw out pus from an infected boil (Hawaii)
- Juices of over-ripe fruits are taken to regulate menstrual flow and
ease urinary problems (Malaysia)
- The fruit can be used to make shampoo (Malaysia, Hawaii) and to
treat head lice (Hawaii).
- Other exotic diseases treated with the plant include diabetes
(widespread) and venereal diseases.