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Leaf of Life

By Sheela Sheth - Jan 27,2019 - Last updated at Jan 27,2019

Photo courtesy of Family Flavours magazine

Native to Madagascar, the Leaf of Life love-bush symbolises the regenerative power of life with its green fleshy appearance. It moisturises our lives with its succulent properties.

 

Geological distribution

 

This wild herb, also known as Cathedral Bells, is found extensively in the Caribbean, Indian sub-continent, Brazil and the United States. It is a succulent perennial herb which grows up to 2 metres in height. 

Each plant grows as the leaf drops into the soil emerging as a new plant. It can adapt to water-stress like a sponge and retains water for dry times. Cathedral Bells grow from the black dot on the plant which acts as a seed. 

The edges of the leaves are jagged and the flower of the plant blooms over the stem at the very top. They grow in different colours ranging from pink, red and purple to greenish and the flowers usually appear in spring and winter. 

The incredible health benefits of this plant have attracted investors to grow it on a commercial scale to cater to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.

 

Miracle leaf

 

The leaves, stems, roots and flowers all have therapeutic values and have rich antioxidant properties.

This wonder of nature, which spreads its aroma through its stems, is used extensively as herbal medicine. 

It works wonders as an alternative remedy for any type of respiratory condition, and arthritis. 

It is also known to have antibacterial, antifungal and antihistamine properties. 

The crushed leaves of this miracle leaf bring relief to insect bites, bruises and relieve pain and anxiety disorders. 

 

Culinary and 

cosmetic world

 

Herbal tea from the Leaf of Life plant leaves has cured shortness of breath, coughs and colds. 

Tea infused with the leaves acts as a diuretic and helps reduce high blood pressure, though mildly sedative in nature. 

The crushed leaves are mixed with coconut oil and are used for curing headaches. 

It is used widely for skin hydration. 

 

The plant should not be consumed during pregnancy and everyone should consult their doctor prior to using the Leaf of Life. 

 

Reprinted with permission from Family Flavours magazine

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