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Kalanchoe Pinnata or The Wonder of the World Plant

Updated on April 27, 2016

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The Wonder of The World or Kalanchoe Pinnata

The Wonder Of The World Plant. At the end of each leaf can sprout a new plant
The Wonder Of The World Plant. At the end of each leaf can sprout a new plant | Source
A leaf of the hybrid Wonder Of The World. Its flowers are small and red and bloom in clusters. Unfortunately my plant is not blooming right now.
A leaf of the hybrid Wonder Of The World. Its flowers are small and red and bloom in clusters. Unfortunately my plant is not blooming right now. | Source
Flowering Wonder of The World Hybrid blooming.
Flowering Wonder of The World Hybrid blooming. | Source
Another type of Kalanchoe blooming. Its flowers are more like tiny bells.
Another type of Kalanchoe blooming. Its flowers are more like tiny bells. | Source

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!

Directions

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.

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    • infoels1 profile image

      infoels1 6 years ago

      i know this plant this name Kalanchoe Pinnata.yes its also have many names.

      http://www.careofplants.com

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      North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you for reading infoels1 ! It is a wonderful plant!

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      magnoliazz 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      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!

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      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!

    • logan09 5 years ago

      very traditional med. what nationality are you?

    • avanell 5 years ago

      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 .

    • Sherry 5 years ago

      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

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      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!

    • MHKW 5 years ago

      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!!!!

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      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.

    • devendra kadam 4 years ago

      it is very useful in skin disease

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      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.

    • Samuel. 4 years ago

      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....

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Samuel,

      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!

    • chandini 4 years ago

      i do believe this pant can do wonders...

    • chandini 4 years ago

      i do believe this plant can do wonders

    • trinibrees 4 years ago

      I never knew this plant can heal, so many ailment ,its like a little angel in nature.

    • Bill 4 years ago

      are you allowed to have this plant in the USA

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      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.

    • Tony G. 4 years ago

      Is it good for your leaver

    • Brittney 4 years ago

      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

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Brittney,

      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!

    • delores_1966@hotmail.com 4 years ago

      i have the plant and it really works!!!!!!!!!!!

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you for confirming this delores_1966@hotmail.com. I am glad that you took the time to read the article.

    • racquel 3 years ago

      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

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Racquel.

      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.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Heal the natural way helpful information for any reader, a different plant to treat the many ailments.

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      I am glad that you enjoyed the article, DDE. This plant does treat many different ailments.

    • Debbie trinidad 3 years ago

      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 .

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Debbie,

      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

    • Sarah parris 3 years ago

      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

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Wow Sarah,

      That is wonderful. I have never heard of it working in the treatment of mumps before!

      Thanks for reading :)

    • karen 3 years ago

      should i use it if i have low blood pressure? would it help with that? since it helps with high blood pressure.

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Karen,

      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!

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      donnebonn 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      This plant sounds like something I'd like to have. I'll hafta check and see where I can get one.

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi donneboon,

      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!

    • terri-from texas 3 years ago

      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.

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      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!

    • Ron 2 years ago

      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.

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you for your comment, Ron. It is quite a beautiful plant.

    • Trini~Susan 2 years ago

      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.

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Trini-Susan,

      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 2 years ago

      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.

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      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!

    • Bago Chick 2 years ago

      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

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks for the input, Bago Chick. I have not heard that one before.

    • Mamatiny 2 years ago

      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.

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Mamatiny,

      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.

    • Tara 2 years ago

      I heard the plant is good for swelling of the face and earache

    • Carol 2 years ago

      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.

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Carol,

      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 2 years ago

      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

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      No problem, Carol. I hope that your foot improves.

    • trini chris 22 months ago

      The leaf really work for pain in the ear

    • Cherrie Hosein 17 months ago

      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.

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      North Wind 17 months ago from The World (for now)

      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.

    • Mindy 15 months ago

      Chewing the leaves...suck out the juice and swallow... it works this way too... dont wait for ailments.

    • Kris 12 months ago

      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.

    • Joan 10 months ago

      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?

    • Brit 8 months ago

      Does this plant help with eczema

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      North Wind 7 months ago from The World (for now)

      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.

    • Vickie 7 months ago

      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!

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      North Wind 7 months ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Vickie,

      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.

    • maria 4 months ago

      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.

    • Josepha 8 weeks ago

      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.

    • Gillian Phelps -Edwards 7 weeks ago

      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

    • rm_dee19@yahoo.co.uk 5 weeks ago

      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.

    • Deon Trinidadian 3 weeks ago

      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!

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