Leaf Of Life Flower

Here’s a photo of the Leaf of Life plant in bloom. Whenever I see these blossoms I recall my many childhood memories of short, joyful walks into the hilly areas around our home.

As children we used to love bursting these blossoms to hear a popping sound; I think it gave the same thrill children get today when they burst bubble wraps.  Leaf of Life flower (blossom)During our walks, mum taught us that when a blossom was already opened, we could blow into it and still get a pop out of it. I pop a couple of these blossoms even now as an adult.

The Leaf of Life plant is a medicinal herb. It is good for curing colds, shortness of breath (dyspnea), and other types of respiratory conditions.  The leaves can be eaten raw.

leaf of life plantWhen applied topically, the crushed leaves are used for treating insect bites, boils and skin ulcers. The Leaf of Life herb may also be tied to the forehead to relieve headaches.

The stems as well as the leaves can be placed in water for several days and then taken daily to rid the body of mucous and waste matter. It is a good herbal remedy to remove harmful bacteria from the intestines and it will also clear up the urine. The tea made from this plant is also good for calming the nerves.

I recently read here that modern research has proven that the Leaf of Life plant has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antihistamine and anaphylactic properties. It has been proven to produce noticeable effects on cancer tissue.

Warning: Although the reported immuno-suppressant properties of Leaf of Life plant might also be useful in treating conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, it not advisable to use it internally for extended periods or time.

You may read my previous blog post for additional information on the Leaf of Life plant.

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