The miracle plant (Kalanchoe pinnata):
This plant is called Kalanchoe Pinnata or Bryophyllum pinnatum, also known as the air plant, cathedral bells, life plant, miracle leaf, and Goethe plant.
It's a succulent plant native to Madagascar.
It's very rare to find here in the UK and expensive if you do.
A friend of mine told me about the medicinal kalanchoe varieties. There are 3 known that have medicinal use and this is 1 of them.
Like most succulents, this one does not support frost. It is advisable to leave it in an environment not descending to less than 10°C
I have 2 of them and they seem to struggle a little bit at the moment, but will see how it goes.
They should be easy to propagate once new baby plants form along the edges of the leaves
The leaves are remarkable for their ability to produce bulblets. At their margin, between the teeth, adventitious buds appear, which in development produce roots, stems and leaves. ****
In traditional medicine, especially in Latin America, Asia and Africa, they are used to treat the following illnesses and ailments.
- Lesions and diseases related to cell damage, such as cancer
- Deep and gangrenous wounds
- Infections, burns
- Tumours, abcesses and foramens
- Kidney stones
- Psychological diseases: schizophrenia, panic attacks and phobias