I'd never heard of this plant before a neighbour gave me a cutting. Since then, I've used the plant to successfully treat several ailments.
This wondrous plant is known by many names, including the name of the individual who popularized it in Western culture: Goethe. The Goethe plant is named after the author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a writer and a part-time naturalist. He adored the plant; he was amazed at its ability to reproduce in the most strained conditions.
Here I will discuss:
- the names of the plant,
- research supporting the benefits of K. pinnata,
- cultivation of the plant, how to use it,
- and my experience with the plant.
A Plant of Many Names
Kalanchoe pinnata goes by many different names. Some may know it as the:
- Air Plant
- Life Plant
- Miracle Leaf
- Pather Chat
The list goes on! Lastly, this plant is also known as the Wonder of the World—and that is due to its many medicinal uses.
Scientific Research on Kalanchoe pinnata
The peoples of South America knew the benefits of the Kalanchoe pinnata plant long before scientific research was common and/or available to the public. From fixing cancer and inflammation to boils and skin ulcers, epilepsy, earaches, and even helping with pain during childbirth, this plant is used as a remedy-all (Taylor, 1998).
Because of this widespread use in South America, scientists have taken to investigating the broad-spectrum uses for K. pinnata. In a study concerning the wound-mending abilities of the Wonder of the World plant, it was found that rats that were treated with the plant were healed 86% by the 11th day (Nayak et al, 2010). A study was also done that shows the plant's ability to reduce histamines. This study targeted mast cells and the key role they play in an allergic reaction yielding an asthma attack (Cruz et al, 2012). These mast cells were hindered by properties from the plant and did not allow degranulation. The anti-inflammatory, antiedematogenic, and antinociceptive (ability to reduce sensitivity to pain) abilities identified in the plant have been described as "major breakthroughs" (Ferreira et al, 2014). The possibilities for use are endless.
According to Ferreira et al (2014), there is evidence that the plant is:
I certainly can attest to its abilities concerning my maladies, but please ask your physician before attempting any of the following recommended uses of the Goethe plant.
Cultivation and Growth
What makes this plant so amazing? Its ability to grow anywhere! If you were to pick a leaf off the plant and place it within the pages of a book and leave it there, after a few days, that the leaf will begin to sprout and the life of a new plant has begun in your book! This is known as asexual propagation.
This plant is also able to grow by itself from a leaf simply placed on top of the soil. There is no prepping or planting to do. No wonder Goethe was so fond of gifting his friends with this plant. Not only is it easy to grow, but it alleviates many ills!
Ways to Use the Plant for Ailments
I have mentioned before that the Wonder of the World is a plant that helps ease muscle aches and a number of other ailments. The following ways are how I use K. pinnata on a number of body issues.
Using the Wonder of the World Plant on Your Ailments
- One simply has to heat the leaf and apply it to the area, and the pain will dissipate.
- If you are suffering from sore feet due having been on them all day, you can add a few leaves to some hot water and soak your feet. If you wish you can add any other ingredients that you usually use in your foot soak, as well.
- It can also help with headaches, hypertension (high blood pressure), rheumatism, and cough.
How I Prepare K. pinnata Remedies
- Headache: Heat leaf or leaves in the microwave or on the stove until hot. Place on the forehead as soon as you are able so that there is still a significant amount of heat left in it. Re-warm the leaf accordingly placing it on the forehead repeatedly for at least ten minutes.
- Backache/Rheumatism: Heat leaves until hot (about 100° F). Place them on the aching area and lie down on your stomach. Place a heating pad or a hot water bottle over the leaf so that continuous heat will help it release its juices on your ache. When you are on the go, place the warmed leaf on the sore spot and wrap it so that it stays in place for the day.
- Foot Soaks: Using at least three Wonder of the World leaves, place in a basin and fill with hot water. You can also add things that smell nice if you like, such as Menthol, peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Submerge feet for at least 30 minutes. For a more relaxing soak, take two more leaves, warm them, and put them under your feet and then put a pair of comfy socks on for the night. Let the leaves work their magic while you sleep.
- Styes: Heat the leaf. Place it over your eye for a minute or two, 3 to 6 times a day. Keeping the leaf over the eye reduces the size and redness of the stye.
My Experience With the Wonder of the World Plant
I found out about the plant accidentally. A neighbour who is a floraphile asked me if I would like a cutting from her plant. When I asked her what it was I was taking, she told me all about the "Winder of the World" plant. She said it was easy to grow (a leaf begins to grow when it is placed between the pages of a book!) and that she used to alleviate the symptoms of many different ailments as well. Intrigued, I took the cuttings.
K. pinnata and Its Remedial Capabilities
It was not long after that I developed a problem with styes. I was in the midst of preparing many exams and the stress caused my body to react negatively. I began to get painful styes, and they wouldn't go away.
I remembered the Wonder of the World plant. After some experimentation and heavy research, I found that if I heated a leaf and placed it on my eye, the stye would disappear in a matter of days. I was immediately relieved after the first application. My eyelid no longer felt like a baseball was hanging off it. Within a few days' time, it was as though I'd never had a stye! Even better was that the styes, which had been recurring, did not return and still have not to this day!
Since I was successful in using the plant for my stye, I decided to try it for other problems as well. I can report that it has helped with the pain I have had in both my foot and my back.
Cruz, E. A., Reuter, S., Martin, H., Dehzad, N., Muzitano, M. F., Costa, S. S., ... & Taube, C. (2012). Kalanchoe pinnata inhibits mast cell activation and prevents allergic airway disease. Phytomedicine, 19(2), 115-121.
Ferreira, R. T., Coutinho, M. A. S., Malvar, D. D. C., Costa, E. A., Florentino, I. F., Costa, S. S., & Vanderlinde, F. A. (2014). Mechanisms underlying the antinociceptive, antiedematogenic, and anti-inflammatory activity of the main flavonoid from Kalanchoe pinnata. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014.
Nayak, B Shivananda, Julien R Marshall & Godwin Isitor Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences. The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Wound healing potential of ethanolic extract of Kalanchoe pinnata Lam. leaf—A preliminary study. February 2010.
Taylor, Leslie. 1998. Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Questions & Answers
Question: How should I use the leaf of kalanchoe pinata for the inflammation of my joints since there is chronic pain throughout my body?
Answer: The use of the plant for inflammation is topical. I would suggest that you try using systemic enzymes for the reduction of the inflammation in your joints. I know a few people who have successfully taken these enzymes with great results.
You can use the Wonder of the World as a poultice on the worst areas and take the enzymes as well. You can also try the celery juice and the turmeric mixture I recommended in another answer.
Question: Is Kalanchoe Pinnata good for fibroids and cysts?
Answer: I am not certain about the use of the wonder of the world plant for the treatment of cysts (I presume ovarian?) and fibroids but I can tell you some natural remedies you can try.
Cinnamon helps to regulate circulation which helps with the pain that is associated with cysts. DIM is also a very good supplement that you can take to treat cysts and fibroids because it helps to balance hormones. Dong Quai also does this and some DIM supplements have Dong Quai included in the ingredients so it will help you immensely.
Cut back on dairy (especially cheese) because it tends to cause inflammation. Any extra inflammation in the body will cause discomfort and pain in the stomach when you have cysts or fibroids. Don't eat hard to digest foods like beef for the same reason.
Sweet potato is actually one of the foods that tend to be soothing to the stomach when faced with this malady.
For some people cutting out gluten helps considerably. You can try it for a month and see what happens. As a replacement, I would recommend buckwheat flour as that is easy on the digestive system as well.
Taking digestive enzymes and probiotics will also help to increase good gut bacteria and that is something you want to do to help the condition as well.
Consider taking milk thistle or dandelion to strengthen your liver. When your liver is functioning well then the body works well.
Don't do heavy exercise as long as you have ongoing pain but rather walk. Walking helps with the circulation but is not a vigorous activity.
Question: How often should I drink Kalanchoe Pinnata tea for inflammation?
Answer: Although I have heard of those who drink the wonder of the world tea, I cannot claim any knowledge of the correct dosage as I have no personal experience with it.
I do know that you can try drinking a 16 ounce glass of pure celery juice first thing in the morning each day and that should help with inflammation that causes arthritis etc. You can also try drinking a combination of turmeric, chia seeds and milk (it does not have to be dairy milk) first thing in the morning to help with inflammation as well. As turmeric can thin the blood you should not take it if you are on medication that already thins the blood.
© 2010 North Wind
Judy on January 30, 2020:
I'm using it in my eye for cataract. I'm heating the leaf and squeezing it through a garlic press then putting it in my eye. The problem I have is the size of the cataract which is large. I've seem some glaring all my eye. I have also seen some some stuff on mornings but I don't know what it is for sure. I went to my eye doctor and he explained that they would go into the eye with a laser and break up the cataract then clean it out I'm put a fake lens. I believe in natural remedies so I'll keep putting it in my eyes daily. It does burn a little however I put pressure on it and I get an ease from the burning. I use it several times a day. Will update if I get better results.
Marilyn Murray on December 31, 2019:
Thank you, for the great information ,
Looking forward to seeing how it works.
Judy John on December 09, 2019:
How to use this plant for hyperthyrodism
Helen Patrice on December 04, 2019:
Im intrested in Wonder of the world and other natural Medicines.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on September 14, 2018:
I am not certain about using the plant for this treatment. It has been used to treat glaucoma as well as eye infections but I do not know about those treatments personally, I am not certain if they would apply to cataracts as well, so I cannot recommend.There are recommended herbal treatments that are available online. These usually come in the form of eye drops but I have read about some that are given internally. Hope that you find your remedy for your dog
Kathy on September 04, 2018:
Is this safe to use to treat a cataract in my dogs eye?
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on July 20, 2018:
I am sorry but I cannot advise you about the use of it for the treatment of cancer. I honestly have no idea if it does treat cancer and if so, how it should be administered.
Ann on July 01, 2018:
How do we use it for fyroid broiled and cancer in the womb
Solomon on June 05, 2018:
Is very true. That plant, they don't die
Alecjohn9@gmail.com on May 10, 2018:
I will try it
Afterwards i will comment
maria on March 10, 2018:
where can i buy the plant?
Mel on October 04, 2017:
Just had to share : I discovered on scialert.net an entire article on this plant, by B. Joseph, S. Sridhar, Sankarganesh , Justinraj and Biby T. Edwin, 2011. Rare Medicinal Plant-Kalanchoe Pinnata. Research Journal of Microbiology, 6: 322-327.: "The main objective of this review is to provide advance information for the drug discovery research from rare medicinal plant Kalanchoe pinnata, which has potential anticancer and insecticidal compounds etc. This plant leaf and stem and leaf portions contains significant chemicals which are most needed in medicinal industry, e.g., Bufadienolides. It is potential anticancer and insecticidal active compound. The other phytochemicals proved against UTI, parasitic, bacterial infections, antiulcer active and antidepressant. Now it becomes endangered plant which needs to be conserved as well as explored for its significant green chemistry."
Mel on October 04, 2017:
just as interest: my rabbits eat it! not a lot at a time, though.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 01, 2017:
Hello Leyanne, I have heard that other people have had the juice but personally have not tried it and so I cannot advise it. I do not know what effects it will have on you.
Leyanne on September 29, 2017:
Do the actual juice from this plant is edible?
Debbie on September 04, 2017:
I live in Orlando Florida and I have the plant. It was given t0 me by my uncle.
I can send you some leaves.
Hilda on June 06, 2017:
I was looking through a book last night and I found a wonder of the world leaf it has turn brown but it has the little shoots in between the grooves .I would like to know if it can still be planted in the soil and will it be able to grow into a plant. I would like to here from u
Hilda from Trinidad but live in USA now on June 05, 2017:
I know this plant my mom used it on me when I was younger mumps and for colds and it did work. But now I have been trying to find the plant and can't find it. I am wondering if it's possible for u to send me a leaf or a small plant I live in New Jersey I red to get plant because of the ringing in me ear for the pas 2 1/2 years now.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 15, 2017:
Yes, Diana Majors, they are quite useful. It is believed that there are many more uses for them but they simply have not been discovered!
Diana Majors from Arkansas, USA on May 14, 2017:
I love these beautiful plants, but had no idea how useful they can be! Thanks for the information!
Louis villafana on March 30, 2017:
A plant everyone should have. If you want to extract the juice put in a light cloth, pound it and squeeze into a cup.
Princess M on March 26, 2017:
I know this plant is good for many ailments, but can it be used for bruises on your body that eventually leads to clot or clotting.
Deon Trinidadian on December 31, 2016:
Hi i can testify to some of the uses of this Wonderful plants especially with ear infections it works wonders just a couple of drops from the crush plant strain in a cheesecloth of some kind two to three times a day for about a week depending on the severity it works!
email@example.com on December 16, 2016:
Yes I know it as book leaf and wonder of the world, as children we put it in our books it will grow roots and never die it grows anytime anywhere, now that iam older I know the value use it last night on my swollen feet.
Gillian Phelps -Edwards on November 27, 2016:
i have high blood pressure and kidney stones and its help me my pressure is low and i feel i pass my kidney stone. I chew a leave every morning and i notice my pressure is down
Josepha on November 23, 2016:
I use it on asthma. Mesh three leaves in water strain and drink. Use it. Meditate or speak to it. Pick a leaf put it under your pillow and sleep to bring back lost love.
maria on September 06, 2016:
I have this plant and gave a few plants to my neightbor that has cancer and he has benn much better Doctors say that all his blood results are much better and seem that the cancer is dissapering. I do trust this plant. I have more then 20 of this plants.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on June 14, 2016:
I believe that you do drink it in a tea form. I am not certain about the length of time for results though. I can honestly say that I have minimal knowledge about the plant being used as a tea although I have heard many speak about it in a positive light. I would suggest that if you decide to try the tea you start in a small way ( a quarter cup?). Perhaps just a little bit to make sure that you do not have a bad reaction to it to be safe. If you choose to go forward, do not overdo as you would be using the plant as a medicine and you need to take the right amount.
Another plant you can consider is stinging nettle. This plant definitely lowers blood pressure. You can use the leaves to make a tea with it. If you decide to use this, I would also begin with caution and start with one cup per day. The good thing about nettle is that it contains many vitamins as well and it helps the hair to grow as well.
Please let us know what you decided to use and how it turns out for you.
Vickie on June 10, 2016:
What's the recommendation to use for high blood pressure? Drinking in a tea? Do you know if immediate results would show or a continuous usage for a period of time would be required?
Thanks for sharing this information!
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on June 06, 2016:
Hello Brit, from what I know I think that it may relieve some symptoms of eczema. You can try crushing the leaves with a bit of coconut oil making it into a paste and rubbing it on the affected area. I would advise testing a small spot first and see if you get results.
Brit on May 24, 2016:
Does this plant help with eczema
Joan on March 04, 2016:
I am a Trinidadian living in Trinidad. My mom and my aunts use the leaves to wash their eyes. They use to boil the leaves and add a pinch of salt to the water, leave it to cool and wash the eyes every night and morning. This use to help their eyes. Another way you can use it, a friend told me to squeeze a few drops in the eyes.
But with the boiling I can't remember how long you have to boil it for. Do anyone knows?
Kris on January 14, 2016:
The condition Carol mentioned has similar symptoms to a condition called lipodermatosclerosis. I am planning on trying the leaf for the condition, as comments made by Carol seem relevant and also the paste with the turmeric seem to be a good idea. Being a topical application I can"t see any real harm in this application.
Mindy on October 25, 2015:
Chewing the leaves...suck out the juice and swallow... it works this way too... dont wait for ailments.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on August 03, 2015:
Hello Cherrie Hosein,
I never thought of using it for inflamed tonsils but it makes complete sense. I know many people who have said that it helped immensely with knee pain and other joint pain.
Cherrie Hosein on August 02, 2015:
I have known wonder of the world leaf since I was a little girl. My mom used to heat the leaves and put it on the throat area for inflamed tonsils and it worked like magic. My mom used it for boils, mumps and its name signifies a lot. I am now 59years and I have just tied the warm leaf with saffron on my husband's knee because of knee pain. This leaf is really a wonder.
trini chris on March 26, 2015:
The leaf really work for pain in the ear
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on January 21, 2015:
No problem, Carol. I hope that your foot improves.
Carol on January 20, 2015:
thank you for your kind words.i will try the paste,I am drinking curcurmin as part of my foot therapy.Thank you for maintaining this page.Regards Carol
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on January 15, 2015:
So sorry about your foot. I would also suggest that you use the leaf at night while you sleep. Elevate your feet using a cushion and warm the leaf then sleep with socks. Perhaps this will also increase the help it has been giving you. You can also consider doing this at the end of the work week too: grind a few leaves into a paste with a little turmeric and water and rubbing it into the affected area. Leave it on for maybe fifteen to twenty minutes.
Carol on January 15, 2015:
I got this plant from a friend at work,I have inflammation on my left foot in an area near my toes,it also gets very red and swollen after 12hrs at work.for the last three days I put one of the leaves of this plant on the area of my foot inside my sock,I think it is helping with the swelling and redness,the pain is still there,I will keep doing this because I see a difference.my foot has been hurting for more than a year and I have seen a couple of foot doctors and got cortisone shots that did not work.
Tara on December 31, 2014:
I heard the plant is good for swelling of the face and earache
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on November 05, 2014:
It is good to know that it helped to ease the pain of your toothache. This is yet another way it can help with pain.
Mamatiny on November 02, 2014:
I have this as a house plant and recently having tooth ache I decided to heat a leaf and rest it on the area the pain is gone. I was unaware of all the other uses.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 28, 2014:
Thanks for the input, Bago Chick. I have not heard that one before.
Bago Chick on May 23, 2014:
i have boilded the wonder of the world leaf and drank it a couple of days ago. when i had a bowel movement. the odor was unremarkable ewwww. (lol) but i heard it helps with infertility also
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on March 13, 2014:
Hello again, Trini-Susan,
I really cannot validate using the juice from the plant in the ear because I do not know anyone who has used it in this way. I would advise that you talk to the person who used this method and find out if they steeped the leaf in water in order to get the liquid. You also need to ask them about the amount of drops they placed in the ear as well as how many times a day and for how long. Dosage is important and I am guessing that the drops may be used twice a day but since he is two I would say that you have to be careful of that and make certain of the correct dosage.
Eternally I could recommend warming the leaf and placing it behind the back of the ear and that is about all I can definitely say would not hurt him but might help him. I would suggest that you use the nose spray (is it a steroid nasal spray?) that the ENT prescribed and see if it does anything.
I hope that he gets better soon!
Trini- Susan on March 12, 2014:
Hello the ENT or Pediatrician doesn't know if its a bacteria causing the ear infections. He has some fluid build up behind the ear drum so that's what they're trying to remove. However I was told by some that they used the juice from the leaf and put a few drops in the ear and the infection healed! I'm not sure if to use it internally or eternally. We met with another ENT that prescribed a nose spray to help clear the canal. Any help in how to use this plant to remove the water behind his ear drum would be very much appreciated. Thanks and GOD BLESS.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on March 07, 2014:
I am sorry about your son's ear infections. If the ENT wants to perform surgeries on your son he must think that the infections are being caused by some sort of blockage of bacteria, I am guessing. What exactly were you going to try with the wonder of the World plant? Were you going to use it internally or externally?
Trini~Susan on March 06, 2014:
My 2 year old have been having some ear infections. An ENT wants to perform numerous surgeries. So my friend in Texas is going to send a plant to me in Atlanta. I am willing to try it. Many Trinidadians say it works wonders.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on March 04, 2014:
Thank you for your comment, Ron. It is quite a beautiful plant.
Ron on February 26, 2014:
Well what an interesting article! As a Trinidadian living here in the US my Wonder of the World is a must have and lives in my kitchen during the very cold New England weather. During the summer months it goes outside. I have given away many plants as it grows quite crazy and I do recommend it for medicinal purposes as well as decorative.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on December 26, 2013:
Wow terri-from texas,
I would love to know how long you have been using the leaf. It sounds as though you have been using it for years. I am glad to hear that you have had no adverse effect when consuming the leaf as a tea because I myself have never used it as such and so I can't recommend it to others since I have not. I have never heard of someone chopping it up and putting it into the food before. The plant does grow in abundance once it it planted.
Thanks for your comment and you interesting information!
terri-from texas on December 25, 2013:
a leave was given to me from a lady from trinidad who had it in her yard. She said it was a miracle plant and was good for many things. the plant grows wild, i use it in tea to drink. i don't know if it cures anything, because i do not have any health problems. I am 54 years old, and in excellent shape/health-maybe this herb has assisted me in maintaining excellent health as i get older. i just know i feel and look great. Because it grows in such abundance, i have even chopped up the leaves and cooked them with my greens.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on November 20, 2013:
They are easy to get your hands on. even if they are not available in your local plant shop all you really need is access to a single leaf. While placed in between the leaves of a book the leaf starts to sprout and grow and simply placing it on top soil will cause its roots to shoot downwards. You will have your own plant in no time!
donnebonn from Orlando, Florida on November 17, 2013:
This plant sounds like something I'd like to have. I'll hafta check and see where I can get one.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 24, 2013:
I have heard that it has been used to fight high blood pressure but not low. I cannot recommend it for that either way. When suffering from low blood pressure, you must make sure that you are well hydrated - make sure you drink a good amount of water each day. Stretching in the morning will help improve your blood circulation which helps to prevent low blood pressure and of course, you can always try to introduce more salt into your diet but be careful with that because you do not want to go from low blood pressure to high blood pressure.
Hope this helps you!
karen on October 12, 2013:
should i use it if i have low blood pressure? would it help with that? since it helps with high blood pressure.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 11, 2013:
That is wonderful. I have never heard of it working in the treatment of mumps before!
Thanks for reading :)
Sarah parris on October 08, 2013:
When I was a child growing up in Trinidad, I had mumps and my mother heated wonder of the world leaf with soft candle,wrapped it around my neck . The next day it was gone. What a miracle plant
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on September 02, 2013:
I have heard that some people do use it for this but since I have not tried it myself I would not be able to recommend it to you just in case it is not safe. For kidney stones you could try mixing lemon juice with water and drinking that steadily as a cleanser. For high blood pressure, I have heard that garlic does the trick as well as eating raw almonds, cayenne pepper and cocoa. The cayenne pepper is easy to incorporate in your cooking but some people mix a bit in water and drink it like that. A little bit of dark chocolate every other day or so should cover the cocoa intake if you chose to try that as well.
I hope this helps! Thanks for reading
Debbie trinidad on August 30, 2013:
I knew this plant , as a child growing up we would place it in a book and it was just amazing to see it grow , i also know its very good for boils what i didn't know that it was good for so many different things . My question is that i saw it was good for kidney stones and high blood pressure and i want to know how to use it .
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on February 03, 2013:
I am glad that you enjoyed the article, DDE. This plant does treat many different ailments.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 02, 2013:
Heal the natural way helpful information for any reader, a different plant to treat the many ailments.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on January 24, 2013:
This is the first time I have heard that it helps with fertility. That is interesting. I do not personally know of anyone who has boiled and drank the liquid so I could not recommend it myself.
Thanks for the visit and the information.
racquel on January 23, 2013:
my friend told me, she could not of get pregnant and she use this leaf and drink it and she get pregnant. anyone know about that . i know this leaf and when someone have boiled they heat t and put soft candle it drawn out everything in it. so if you drink it i guess it draw out everything . this leaf is a miracle
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on November 16, 2012:
Thank you for confirming this firstname.lastname@example.org. I am glad that you took the time to read the article.
email@example.com on November 13, 2012:
i have the plant and it really works!!!!!!!!!!!
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 12, 2012:
Isn't fascinating how the leaf grows all by itself without any help? I wonder why you find it scary? I suppose it can be if you think about it and the speed at which it grows. It has some strange properties that other plants definitely do not have.
Thanks for reading and telling me your experience with the plant!
Brittney on October 12, 2012:
my mom actually has a whole lot of this plant in our small garden. it grows everywhere! i even tried it in a book and roots started to shoot out. i think it's kind of scary though
Tony G. on October 07, 2012:
Is it good for your leaver
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on September 23, 2012:
Hi Bill, I am not so certain but I do know a few people who own these plants and they do live in the USA. It may vary from state to state. Perhaps you can go down to your local nursery and ask about the plant. They will be able to tell you if it is available and allowed in your state.
Bill on September 23, 2012:
are you allowed to have this plant in the USA
trinibrees on July 01, 2012:
I never knew this plant can heal, so many ailment ,its like a little angel in nature.
chandini on May 31, 2012:
i do believe this plant can do wonders
chandini on May 31, 2012:
i do believe this pant can do wonders...
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 14, 2012:
Thanks for adding a name to the list of names that this plant is known as. The name bookleaf makes sense indeed.
Your comment is appreciated!
Samuel. on May 10, 2012:
long ago in Trinidad we used to call it bookleaf i think, we did place between the pages of books and it did indeed begin to grow at the edges of the leaf...however,i do not know what is the use if the plant., if any....
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on February 13, 2012:
Hello Juan Valdez,
The instructions in my article concerning the treatment of headaches is clearly to heat the leaf and apply it to the head. I never said to drink the tea to treat headaches. People do drink the tea and do not have any bad side effects from it but as with anything it has to do with the amount of leaf used and it (the tea) is not used to treat headaches at all. I am sorry about your mother.
devendra kadam on February 12, 2012:
it is very useful in skin disease
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on December 29, 2011:
Thank you for visiting and commenting, MHKW. It truly is an amazing plant. I know that it is used to ease arthritis pain and is quite effective as well.
MHKW on December 28, 2011:
I really believe that this plant beats any medicine one can purchase. I tried it for swelling of my feet particularly around the ankle area. I left the warm leaf for about an hour and by the next day all my pain and swelling was gone. Amazing!!!!
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 05, 2011:
Hi Sherry! Thanks for commenting:)
The plant really is amazing as it seems to assist in curing many types of ailments. I think that it is only the tip of the iceberg so to speak, though. I am sure that the little plant is capable of much more!
Sherry on October 04, 2011:
I live in Barbados and I live by this plant. When my 11 year old was not feeling well and coming down with the flu he would go into my garden and pick some leaves steep then and drink the water, chew the leaves up to extract the juice and then disgard of them. It's a really great plant
avanell on June 06, 2011:
the wonder of the world leaf is an amazing plant, just put the leaf in a bowl an pour hot water over it and drink that water, drink it instead of drinking normal water .
logan09 on March 16, 2011:
very traditional med. what nationality are you?
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on February 12, 2011:
Hi Magnoliazz, thanks for reading. It really is a wonderful little plant that is hardy and does not need a lot of taking care of. I hope you get find one!
magnoliazz from Wisconsin on February 12, 2011:
I really believe in these God given herbs for our health and well being.
Modern medicine is not all that it is cracked up to be. people are a lot better off taking herbals.
I am going to see if I can find the Wonder of the World plant online, get one and grow it. I can always take it inside during the winter.
Its the middle of winter here, with 27 below the other morning, and these are the days that everyone starts to get the seed books out and dream about their gardens...LOL!
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on January 12, 2011:
Thank you for reading infoels1 ! It is a wonderful plant!
infoels1 on January 12, 2011:
i know this plant this name Kalanchoe Pinnata.yes its also have many names.