Leaf of life (Bryophyllum calycinum) medicinal herb is very common in Jamaica. It is widely used as an herbal remedy for all different types of ailment, especially bronchial conditions. The common names are Love bush and Live forever and it is a member of the Crassulaceae family.
This plant can be found in the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Brazil as well as the United States of America. In Jamaica, it can be found everywhere. Some people plant it in their flowers garden for easy access as well as it makes a very decorative addition to the garden. I personally use it as alternative remedy for any type of respiratory condition and always receive great results. The leaves can be picked and stored for days without getting withered.
An herbal tea made from this herb is useful to treat conditions such as shortness of breath, kidney failure, menstrual problems, asthma, coughs, bronchitis, as well as chest cold. I remembered a few years ago, I started having series of short of breath. I did not know what was causing this sudden attack. I knew about this herb and decided to give it a try. After taking it in the night before retiring to bed, I started feeling much better. In the morning the short of breath had disappeared until this very day. I still consume it whether I am having short of breath or not because of other benefits. The tea is also an excellent remedy to calm the nerves.
It is also a good herbal remedy to remove harmful bacteria from the intestines and it will also clears up the urine.
The crushed medicinal leaves of this herb will bring relief from insect bites, bruises, boils, and also skin ulcers. A poultice of the crushed leaves can also be applied to the outer body for sprains, pains, as well earaches.
Placing the back of the leaves on open sores, cuts and wounds will promote healing, stops bleeding as well as prevents infection.
In certain countries, especially Puerto Rico, the fresh juice of this medicinal herb may be squeezed into the ears in regards to infections and can also be squeezed into the eyes for all eye problems.
The stem as well as the leaves can be placed in water and taken daily to rid the body of mucous and waste matter. The fresh leaves of leaf of life can also be eaten raw as a medicinal remedy for asthma, bronchitis and intestinal problems.
Updated June 15, 2015
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