Kalanchoe Pinnata or The Wonder of the World Plant
The Wonder of The World or Kalanchoe Pinnata
Kalanchoe Pinnata has many names all over the globe. Some may know it as the Air Plant, others may have heard of it as the Life Plant or Miracle Leaf, Katakataka,Pather Chat or Paan-futti are yet other names it is known by. It is even known as the Goethe Plant, named after the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who along with being a writer was a part time naturalist, who adored the plant. He was amazed at its ability to reproduce in the most strained conditions. Of course it is also known as The Wonder of The World and that is because of the many medicinal uses it has.
I have mentioned before that the Wonder of The World is a plant which helps to ease muscle aches. One simply has to heat the leaf and apply it to the area and the pain will miraculously disappear. If you are suffering from sore feet, having been on them all day, you can add a few leaves to some hot water and soak your feet in this. If you wish you can add the other things that you usually do to your foot soak or you can do it alone.It can also help with headaches, hypertension (that's high blood pressure) easing of rheumatism as well as it can be brewed to make a tea to heal coughs. It is even used to treat kidney stones!
What makes this plant so very amazing is its ability to grow anywhere. if you pick a leaf of the plant and place it within the pages of a book and leave it there, you will be surprised to see, that after a few days, the leaf will begin to start and the life of a new plant has begun in your book! This plant it also able to grow by itself from a leaf simply placed on top of the soil. There is no prepping or planting to do. It is a do-it-yourself plant. No wonder Goethe was so fond of gifting his friends with this plant. Not only is it easy to grow but it cures many ills!
For headaches: Heat leaf or leaves in microwave or on 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.
For Backaches/ Rheumatism: Heat leaves until hot. Place them as hot as you can bear them on the aching area and lie down on your stomach. If available place a heat pad or a hot water bottle over the leaf so that continuous heat will help it to release its properties. 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.
For Foot Soaks: Using at least three Wonder of the World leaves, place in basin and fill with hot water. You can also add those bubbles and things that smell nice if you like. Menthol, peppermint or eucalyptus oil is a good one to put in with this. Submerge feet for at least half and hour and for a through treatment, take two other leaves, warm them and put them under your feet and then put a pair of comfy socks on for the night. Let it work its magic while you sleep.
For Styes: Again you must heat the leaf. Place it over the eye for a minute or two, three to six times a day. You can alternate this treatment with a boric solution wash as well. But keeping the leaf over the eye reduces the size and redness of the stye.