Wonder of the World plant

Wonder of the World: A medicine cabinet in one plant

Wonder of the World has been used around the world for medicinal purposes for more than a millennium. The plant is known for many uses and goes by several names. Wonder of the World originally came from India, but could be found in every corner of the world as it has become a very popular house plant due to its medicinal value and ability to seemingly rise from the dead.

Magical results of Wonder of the World

Earliest records of it can be found in the Ramayana. In this story, Hanuman used Wonder of the World to resurrect Lakshmana. This writing of the plant dates back to 500 BCE, it just goes to show that the healing qualities though exaggerated were known for quite some time.

You may be wondering, what makes this plant so revered? Wonder of the World has been used locally and globally in traditional medicine, it has been used for the treatment of inflammation and the treatment of boils, in combination with soft candle. Users of the plant have stated that they have received almost magical results in treating some chronic diseases like cancer, epilepsy, ear infections, bronchitis, chicken pox and hypertension.

Wonder of the World has been documented to contain a series of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, so there may be some truth to the legions of the miracle plant Wonder of the World. It has been the subject of various medical research studies that has shown positive results. The studies have shown to relieve insomnia in pregnant women and the treatment of kidney stones.

Wonder of the World plant

Diseases to treat with Wonder of the World

Respiratory ailments: The Wonder of the World, because of its popularity, has now become available commercially either as fresh leaves, tea, powder, capsules, or tincture. This makes use of the herb to treat any respiratory ailment easy as it can be taken daily to relieve symptoms.

Boost your immune system: Wonder of the World can be taken daily in any form to boost your immune system.

Seasonal flu: Some advocates of the plant routinely ingest the Wonder of the World capsules to prevent the onset of the flu.

High blood sugar: Users also suggest blending the fresh leaves in your favourite breakfast or nighttime smoothie to help boost your immune system and lower blood sugar levels.

Kidney stones: Use in any form, preferably capsules or powder, to treat kidney stones.

Coughs, colds and chest congestion: In traditional medicine, you simply chew on the leaves and suck on the resulting pulp to treat coughs, colds and chest congestion. For treatment for a child or loved one, reducing it to a poultice using a mortar and pestle then squeezing out the juice, is recommended. You may also add a pinch of salt to taste.

If you are interested in making a batch to be used over the course of a few days, try this method.

Warm 13 fresh Wonder of the World leaves over a fire or in a microwave. Pound into a poultice using a mortar and pestle. Squeeze the juice into a small pot. This should yield at least six to eight tablespoons of juice. Add the juice of three limes and two ounces of honey to the pot.

Simmer on a low flame for five to seven minutes. Remove from flame and allow it to cool. Store in a bottle. Take one tablespoonful every three hours for two weeks.

Arthritis: To reduce joint pains, just before sleeping, heat leaves and apply coconut oil or soft candle. Wrap the leaves around the area with an extra piece of fabric, if needed.

Burns: The fresh leaves are pounded with a mortar and pestle and then applied to burns. Whole warmed leaves combined with soft candle can be used in the treatment of burns as well.

Ringworm: Use as poultices on boils and skin ulcers. Wonder of the World can be used as a remedy for ringworm, and most skin infections.

Headaches: There are 2 methods in treating headaches. The first is to heat the leaf to make it more pliable either over an open flame or 30 seconds in a microwave and then apply the leaf with soft candle to your forehead. The second treatment method is to grind the leaf with a mortar and pestle into a pulp and apply it to your forehead. It can be combined with soft candle or cold pressed coconut oil for greater adhesion.

Diarrhea: The leaf-juice, combined with salt, is used as a treatment for diarrhea.

Teething babies: The leaf-juice, combined with salt, is used as a treatment for teething babies.

Bruises and boils: Make the leaves pliable by holding them over the fire, and then apply as a treatment on wounds, bruises, and boils. The leaf may be combined with soft candle or cold pressed coconut oil.

Hair loss: The leaves are reduced to a poultice, soaked in water, and then used as a shampoo to help prevent hair loss.

Earaches: The juice is applied topically using a medicine dropper in the treatment of earaches.

Conjunctivitis (Red Eye): The juice is applied topically either with a medicine dropper or as an eyewash in the treatment of conjunctivitis.

All the above treatments could be considered folk remedies or “bush medicine”. When treating any medical condition do so under the supervision of a doctor.

Wonder of the World plant
Wonder of the World plant with flowers.

Other names for Wonder of the World

The plant is known by various names. Here is a short list below courtesy Bush Life and 101 Edible & Medicinal Plants of Trinidad & Tobago

Common Names:

Air Plant

Air Bells

Cathedral Bells


Curtain plant

Enchanted Weed


Green Mother of Millions

Leaf of Life

Life Plant

Live Forever

Mexican Love Plant

Miracle Leaf

Resurrection plant

Names in other languages:

Abamoda in Yoruba

Airavati in Hindi

Aprow in Fante

Asthibhaksha in Sanskrit

Balangbang in the Philippines

Bruja (el) in Cuba

Bulatawamudu in Fiji

Cây Lá Bỏng in Vietnamese

Cây Sống Đời in Vietnamese

Coirama in Brazil

Elamulachi – in Malayalam

Fey lougawou in Haiti

Ghaymaari in Gujarati

Goethe-Pflanze in German

Hoja del aire in Puerto Rico

Hoja Fresca in Venezuela

Luo Di Shen Gen in Chinese

Odaa Opuo in Igbo

oliwa ku kahakai in Hawaiian

Paan-futti in Hindi

Parn beej in Sanskrit

Pashan Bheda / Patharchurin in Hindi

Pipivao in Kingdom of Tonga

Pierzasta in Polish

Plūksnainā Kalanhoja in Latvian

Ranakalli in Tamil

Seiron-Benkei in Japanese

Sulgjas Kalanhoe in Estonian

Suru Bebek in Indonesia

Kalanchoe Peristoe in Russia

Katakataka in Filipino

Каланxое Пірчасте in Ukrainian

Koppata in Bengali

Wan Fei in Chinese

Wonderblad in the Netherlands

Yerba Bruja in Puerto Rico

It is documented in scientific literature as Bryophyllum Pinnatum.


Biswas, S. K., Chowdhury, A., Das, J., Hosen, S. Z., Uddin, R., & Rahaman, M. S. (2011). Literature review on pharmacological potentials of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae)African journal of pharmacy and pharmacology5 (10), 1258-1262.Chicago

Honychurch, P.N. Caribbean Wild Plants and Their Uses. 1986. Macmillan Caribbean.
Nayak, B. S., Marshall, J. R., & Isitor, G. (2010). Wound healing potential of ethanolic extract of Kalanchoe pinnata Lam. Leaf—a preliminary study. Chicago.


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