Its smooth leaves and adaptability to the indoors makes jade one of our most popular houseplants. Flowers arrive just in time to brighten winter holidays. But Crassula ovata is more than just a pretty plant. Try these medicinal uses.
Slice a leaf in half and attach the moist inside to the wart for a few hours, or overnight. The unsightly growth should fall off with just three applications.
Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes a tea of the stone lotus, or pointy leafed, jade plant to treat symptoms of diabetes.
In Africa, jade leaves are boiled in milk and consumed to stop diarrhea.
Feng shui masters believe jade plants have calming effects.
Although they are not known to bring their owners longevity, jade plants can live to be 100 years old.
- Garden Helper
- Suzanne Tswei, "In the Garden," Honolulu Star Bulletin, February 8, 2002
medicinal plants, jade plant, feng shui
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