How many of us from the Caribbean remember as children putting a ‘Wonder of The World/Leaf of Life’ leaf in our school book and watching over time as it sprouts roots? It is a plant of wonder to many of us, but we are mostly unaware of the excellent curative powers of the plant.
Wonder Of The World – The Miracle Plant
The ‘Wonder of The World’ (Kalanchoe pinnata) plant, also known as Miracle Leaf, Leaf of Life, Life Plant, Goethe Plant, Mexican Love Plant, Resurrection, Soanzo Leaf is much celebrated for its curing capabilities. This miracle plant is native to Madagascar. It has also become naturalized in Asia, the Pacific, and all over the Caribbean.
A recent study has revealed that the amazing Leaf of Life plant is a rich source of T-Cell suppressive flavonoids. What this means is that it has cancer-fighting properties.
Some Of The Other Constituents Of The Leaf Of Life Plant Are…
- Bryophillin A (anti-tumor)
- C- anticarcinogenic this means that it inhibits or prevents the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer
- Beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A (retinol). We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucous membranes, the immune system. Beta carotene is also important in promoting eye health and vision.
Internal Uses Of The Leaf of Life Plant Are…
External Uses Of Wonder of The World
Externally it is used for among other things – arthritis. To do this, the leaf is heated and placed on the affected area.
In treating cataracts and styes (hordeolum). Begin by boiling some of the leaves in hot water. Let it cool and then squeeze the juice in the affected area.
It is also used for cuts and bruises and external ulcers. For sore, tired feet soak in a solution made by setting the leaves in warm water. Apply twice a day, morning and night, or as often as needed.
How To Use The Plant Internally
The best way to use the Wonder of The World/Leaf of Life plant is to make tea which can be taken once or twice a day as needed.
To make the tea put some water to boil. Once the water is boiling add the leaves of the plant. Let it simmer for a few minutes and then drink the tea without sugar added. Store the unused portion in a refrigerator and use as needed.