A Luxury Native to AlUla
Amid the rugged landscape of AlUla’s sandstone-studded desert, life flourishes in the oasis. Its fresh waters coupled with the valley’s rich earth have made AlUla a centre of agricultural wealth for millennia. Among the region’s captivating terrain, you’ll find the most precious Moringa Peregrina tree.
Moringa Peregrina trees are prised for the luxury oil which is extracted from their seeds. The natural oil (once called ben or bân oil) is valued for its rare botanical properties that are unlike more common moringa oils. These include its extremely mild scent, light colour and the ability to quickly moisturize the skin, making it ideal for exquisite perfumes and premium cosmetics.
Native to AlUla, Moringa Peregrina trees have prospered in the fertile oasis region for thousands of years. Identified by five-petalled white blooms streaked with dusty pink, the delicate wispy branches of the trees grow beneath the shelter provided by canopies of date palm trees.
The benefits of Moringa Peregrina oil have been known since ancient times. When the Nabataeans settled in AlUla, they began using the oil in fragrances and cosmetics. They discovered it to be so precious that it was exported from AlUla to be used by other civilisations. Documented uses include the aromatic and rare perfumes that adorned royalty in 4 BCE Theophrastus and lavish Etruscan ointments in 150 BCE Italy. Though the oil has been harvested for thousands of years, those who study its properties are just beginning to understand the potential it holds.Today, 90,000 Moringa Peregrina trees are cultivated in the AlUla oasis.
AlUla is currently closed due to Covid-19. AlUla will open to visitors in October 2020.
Once AlUla reopens, you can see its agricultural wonders for yourself at AlUla Fresh, a fruit tree plantation nestled at the base of a towering mountain. You can further expand your understanding of the oasis’s role in agriculture via self-planned tours or with the assistance of knowledgeable local guides who can lead you to farm tours, oil-extraction demonstrations, shopping excursions and scenic nature hikes.
After your explorations, relax and rejuvenate in the region’s acclaimed resort spas. Here you can experience the restorative properties of Moringa Peregrina oil first hand, with indulgent treatments that utilise locally made creams, soaps, lotions, balms, body oils and candles.