The leaf of life also known as the miracle leaf or life plant, Goethe plant, the Mexican love plant, and scientifically known as Bryophyllum pinnatum.
This is a popular house plant that has been linked to many health benefits.
Studies have shown that the leaf of life may be beneficial for women who are pregnant.
Studies conducted on women who were pregnant and suffering from sleep disorders were given 350 mg tablets that contained an extract of the plant. It was found that at the end of the study, the women reported fewer waking nights and improved the quality of sleep they had. The women also had no adverse effect from the leaf of life medication, either to the mother or fetus.
The leaf of life plant is originally from Madagascar but is grown in most tropical areas including Jamaica.
It is commonly known for its health benefits, in treating respiratory conditions, such as asthma, colds, flu, coughs, shortens of breath, and bronchitis. It can be made into a tea or blended as part of a cool drink. People have been known to eat the leaves raw as well.
The leaf of life is also said to be a great treatment for kidney stones.
A study conducted in 2014 showed that rats given a remedy containing extracts from the leaf of life plant were less likely to develop kidney stones. The rats who were given the treatment had reduced levels of urine oxalate. These oxalate are what typically cause kidney stones.
The plant has also been found to contain an antimicrobial compound which benefits the skin and treat minor injuries, helping to ease pain and speed up the process of healing.
How to use the leaf of life tea
I use the leaf of life tea throughout the year when my family shows any signs of cold or flu.
- Pick two or three leaves from the plant
- Wash the leaves
- Put in a pot or boiling water
- I normally use about 3 cups of water
- Leave it to boil for about 5 to 10 minutes
- Remove from the fire and sweeten with honey or sugar