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A Haitian Treasure: Fey Lougawou (Wonder of the World Plant)


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In Haiti, there is a plant called fey lougawou (Kalanchoe pinnata), which is celebrated for its curing capabilities. This plant is known as Miracle Leaf, Life
Plant and Wonder of the World in English. This succulent plant is native to Madagascar, but has become naturalized in Asia the Pacific and all over the
Caribbean, especially in Haiti. It has an amazing ability to replicate over and over again. This plant can literally grow ANYWHERE, meaning wherever you Connect
put the plant in addition to just the tiniest bit of soil, a new plant will begin to grow by itself without water in just a few days! People are usually able to
identify this plant based on miniature platelets which form on the margins of its leaves. Fey lougawou is not only a Haitian treasure, but a world treasure
too. It's one of the "up and coming" healing plants in the U.S actually. A recent study in February 2012 showed that this amazing plant is a rich source of T-
Cell suppressive flavanoids, meaning it has serious anti-cancer properties. Wow!
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In Haiti, fey lougawou is known for treating everything! Let's move past the fact that lougawou means "monster" in Creole since I have no idea how that
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happened... This plant is most popular for treating headaches, sinuses, colds, and most of all hypertension (high blood pressure)! Seeing as this plant has
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the ability replicate by itself, fey lougawou is readily available in Haiti. Fey lougawou is most commonly consumed as a leaf infusion or tea, but it can also
be applied topically to cure muscle aches! In Haiti, some combine the crushed leaves with lard to form a paste, that can supposedly cure different types of World Plant
body aches. My mother actually did this recently and said it worked pretty well. Another option is to heat the leaves, then place a heat pad or a hot water
bottle on top to release its healing properties, then put everything on the aching body part. Amazing.

We Haitians need to get moving and start harvesting and exporting this plant, which grows so abundantly in our own backyard....
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Until then, you can purchase this plant, most commonly sold as "Miracle Leaf" in the U.S at a variety of health food stores. We have never bought it Treasure: Ca
Oil (L'huile
because we have our own fey lougawou plant at home! (In case you haven't realized by now, we have lots and lots of plants in my home! My mom has that
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green thumb)! Pictured below is our "baby" fey lougawou plant, planted about 2 months ago. The mother plant is massive and is enjoying the sun outside... Christi/Masc

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My Fey Lougawou Plant

Main Constituents:

bryophillin A and C- anticarcinogenic

beta-carotene

Some Benefits:

anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic, anti-hypertensive

used to treat upper respiratory infections

can cure a variety of body aches

According to Ayurveda, it can cure hemorrhoids, wounds cuts, ulcers, etc.

Some Uses:

most known for reducing high blood pressure

to eliminate cataracts and styes, boil some of the leaves in water and squeeze the juice in affected areas

to eliminate headaches and body aches, heat leaves and place on forehead

for a relaxing foot soak, place a few leaves in a basin filled with hot water, adding essential oils for an extra oomph!

Know your treasures.


The "Haitian Treasures" series explores the magnificent benefits and uses of Haiti's natural resources, which I call "Haitian Treasures" because they are truly
national gems. Naka in Balance is the premiere source for information on the tie between Haiti's natural resources and natural, traditional, and holistic
healing.
Learn about other Haitian Treasures explored on this blog here!

*Medical Disclaimer: Though Naka of Naka in Balance is in pursuit of a medical degree, she is NOT a licensed health practitioner.

Naka believes individuals have the power to make informed health decisions on their own. If you feel that it is necessary to consult your healthcare provider before using any of the remedies mentioned, please do so. Knowledge is

power and your health is your wealth.

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43 comments:

Nadine July 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM


If I remember well the infusion is also used to help dissolve bladder/kidney stones.
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Naka August 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM


Great! Thanks for the knowledge. -N

Anonymous June 29, 2015 at 12:42 AM


That's odd because it contains calcium oxolate crystals which actually cause kidney stones.

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Sagine July 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Great post! My grandmother always has some of this in her kitchen!

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Naka August 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Thanks Sagine! It's good stuff.-N

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ShannaBeing August 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM


This reminds me of Fever Grass that's grown in Jamaica. Aren't Gods gifts amazing?! Why have people forgotten about this stuff??
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Naka November 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Thank for your comment. God truly does gift the world with everything we need! We just over-complicate things!
N

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Dr. Belony November 24, 2012 at 7:58 AM

That was a great post. I wanted to find the technical name for the plant and have found it here.
I also would like to comment on why Haitians call it "Fy Lougawou". They believe that, if you have the plant in your house, the 'Lougawou' [Flying
Werewolf] will not come near your house. Thus, they use it as a repellant against the mythical being.
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Naka November 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM


Hi! Thanks for your insightful comment. I will be sure to add this information to the post.
N

Janet August 8, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Does this plant help varicose veins? And another question: does it do any thing for depression?
Janet
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Mary Ann Purisch January 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM


does it help leg cramps???

Naka January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM


Hello Janet,
I have not heard about it helping for varicose veins, but I have heard that it helps for depression :)

Naka January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM


Hello Mary Ann, yes it helps leg cramps. N.

Annan Bhagwandeen February 8, 2015 at 6:32 PM

How do I use it to help with depression

Annan Bhagwandeen February 8, 2015 at 6:32 PM


How do I use it to help with depression

Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:48 AM

In Haiti Lougarou is used for everything ,especially when you are in the countryside .Because it can help for blood circulation imply
Lougarou can also help with varicose.My great parents were midwifes,they used this plant for everything.Lougarou can grow even on a
piece of papertowel.

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Margaret Manwaring June 17, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Does this plant do anything for ring worm ?


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Naka July 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Hi Margaret! I am not aware of any such uses, sorry. -N

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Jennifer Subero June 22, 2014 at 6:48 AM

I understand it works well for inflammation.Just heat the leaf an apply to the infected area
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Naka July 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM


Thanks for the info Jennifer! This plant is so great.
-N

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Betty Ann Ashby November 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM

How it works for high blood pressure? Do you boil the leave if so how many?
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sue-ellen joseph April 13, 2017 at 10:42 AM


boil the leaf and you can put the water in the fridge and have a shot in the morning or at night. Depending on how high your blood
pressure is. Do not take it for more than five days if you're taking it twice a day, as this lowers your blood pressure quickly. Make sure
and check your blood pressure regularly while drinking it, so you'll know how little or more to take depending on how it reacts to your
body and lifestyle. My mother has been using this for as long as I can remember.

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Anonymous December 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Does this cure herpes?


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Healthy skin May 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

I didn't know it could be used for pain. We call it leaf of life in Jamaica.
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Anonymous May 28, 2015 at 7:48 AM

Is this safe to ingest? I see that there are several post to boil in water, but how much do you boil and do you drink it?

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Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:41 AM


Hi someone gave me a small plant so i google in to see and end up here .I was having problems with my underarms so i heat the leaves and applied
it soon enough the pain was gone and by morning the two lumps was not there anymore. I like it!!!!

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Unknown September 3, 2017 at 7:25 AM


Lump under arm are your lymph nodeswhen inflamed could be serious sign of other illness. When my armpit lumps occurred, it was a
sign of breast cancer.

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Unknown October 21, 2015 at 5:27 AM

I just picked up a small plant from my uncle. He said not to boil the leaves but to pour boiling water into a cup with the leaves in it.
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Donna Gousse October 21, 2015 at 6:07 AM


I just picked up a small plant from my uncle. He said not to boil the leaves but to pour boiling water into a cup with the leaves in it.

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Kathleen February 2, 2016 at 3:26 PM

I once apply this leaf to my mother leg who had blue and black marks and was painful after a fall, and I could see the clot melting away, soon the
pain was gone and her leg was healed

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Unknown April 3, 2016 at 5:39 AM

do you guys know how to find it in the US

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Jade Graham May 7, 2016 at 8:04 AM


we enjoy nature & outdoors, and we do our best to live an active lifestyle, see this

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Unknown May 18, 2016 at 7:10 AM


My mother in law is 90 years old and she does embroidery with no glasses she attributes this to "wonder of the world"

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Thecla Charles May 18, 2016 at 7:12 AM

she eats it like lettuce in her sandwich

Kkalpee July 24, 2017 at 2:41 PM

How does she use it?

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akmal niazi khan June 15, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Thank u so much for having such a nice and entertaing stuff for us. I really enjoy your blog and the way you have describe your content.I also have
some amazing and wonderful stuff and i wana to share it with you.
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kensa August 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM


I have always known this plant to be a must have in almost every west Indian home/back yard garden. My mother would heat the leafy over the
stove and allow to cool then squeeze a few drops into an infected eye for almost immediate relief of conjunctivitis or irritation of the eye. It was
also heated and soft candle applied to the hot leaf would be placed directly unto bruises or aches to the body. What a wonderful plant.

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Anonymous October 24, 2016 at 7:30 AM


can u make cocktails from this plant

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R.D. S. March 8, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Some is graciously giving me a leaf saying I can grow a new plant just from leaf? Do I not need roots?
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Martha Monteclar May 4, 2017 at 10:34 PM

Yes, you can grow a plant by merely putting the leaf in the soil...the roots will come out from the leaf itself eveb if you only put it on a dipper with
water...it's a miracle leaf of life

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Martha Monteclar May 4, 2017 at 10:35 PM

Yes, you can grow a plant by merely putting the leaf in the soil...the roots will come out from the leaf itself eveb if you only put it on a dipper with
water...it's a miracle leaf of life

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Believe June 5, 2017 at 8:51 PM

You can purchase herbs and other Haitian leaves Www CookingTheHaitianway.jigsy. com

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