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7.05.2012

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 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 happened... This plant is most popular for treating headaches, sinuses, colds, and most of all hypertension (high blood pressure)!  Seeing as this plant has 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 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....

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 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 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...
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!

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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.  Naïka in Balance is the premiere source for information on healing herbs used by Haitians. In this series, I explore the tie between Haiti's natural resources and natural, traditional, and holistic healing.

Learn about other Haitian Treasures explored on this blog here!

The two most popular Haitian Treasures on this blog are:

Castor oil/l'huile palma christi
Wonder of the world plant/fey lougawou


Naika, the writer of this blog, has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!

50 comments:

  1. If I remember well the infusion is also used to help dissolve bladder/kidney stones.

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    1. Great! Thanks for the knowledge. -N

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

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    3. If you had to guess...

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      Or to lower cholesterol?

      To reduce pain from arthritis?

      Or to reduce high blood pressure?

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    5. This is real take it serious, who will believe that a herb can cure HERPES DISEASE in my body, i never believe that this will work i have spend a
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  2. Great post! My grandmother always has some of this in her kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Sagine! It's good stuff.-N

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

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  4. 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 "Fèy 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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    1. Hi! Thanks for your insightful comment. I will be sure to add this information to the post.
      N

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    2. Does this plant help varicose veins? And another question: does it do any thing for depression?
      Janet
      Silolady@gmail.com

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

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

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    5. How do I use it to help with depression

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    6. How do I use it to help with depression

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    7. 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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  5. Does this plant do anything for ring worm ?

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

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  6. I understand it works well for inflammation.Just heat the leaf an apply to the infected area

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

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  7. How it works for high blood pressure? Do you boil the leave if so how many?

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    1. 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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  8. Does this cure herpes?

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  9. I didn't know it could be used for pain. We call it leaf of life in Jamaica.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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    1. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. do you guys know how to find it in the US

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  17. 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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  19. 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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  20. can u make cocktails from this plant

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. You can purchase herbs and other Haitian leaves �� Www CookingTheHaitianway.jigsy. com

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  25. It is called ''fey lougarou'' because a lougarou can't be around it. If you have it at home they won't come

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  26. WHAT A GREAT MIRACLE THAT I HAVE EVER SEE IN MY LIFE. My names are David
    Clara I’m a citizen of USA, My younger sister was sicking of
    breast cancer and her name is David Sandra I and my family have taking her
    to all kind of hospital in USA still yet no good result. I decided to go to
    the internet and search for cancer cure so that was how I find a lady
    called peter Lizzy she was testifies to the world about the goodness of a
    herbal man who has the root and half to cure all kind of disease and the
    herbal man email was there. So I decided to contact the herbal man for my
    younger sister help to cure her breast cancer. I contacted him and told him
    my problem he told me that I should not worry that my sister cancer will be
    cure, he told me that there is a medicine that he is going to give me that
    I will cook it and give it to my sister to drink for one week, so I ask how
    can I receive the cure that I am in USA, he told me

    That I will pay for the delivery service. The courier service can
    transport it to me so he told me the amount I will pay, so my dad paid for
    the delivery fee. two days later I receive the cure from the courier
    service so I used it as the herbal man instructed me to, before the week
    complete my sister cancer was healed and it was like a dream to me not
    knowing that it was physical I and my family were very happy about the
    miracle of Doctor so my dad wanted to pay him 5 million us dollars the
    herbal man did not accept the offer from my dad, but I don't know why he
    didn't accept the offer, he only say that I should tell the world about him
    and his miracle he perform so am now here to tell the world about him if
    you or your relative is having any kind of disease that you can't get from
    the hospital please contact dr.sakuraspellalter@gmail.com/ drsakuraspellalter.wordpress.com or whatsapp him
    +2348110114739 for the cure, he will help you out with the
    problem. And if you need more information about the doctor you can mail me
    davidclara223@gmail.com or whatsApp me +1(209)2621918

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  27. Interestingly enough migraines are in the top twenty complaints that cause people to call in sick for work. CBD & Depression

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  28. I can attest to it curing my ear infection.I would heat the leaf, roll it around between my fingers and squeeze the liquid in my ear then apply a small amount of cotton in my ear. Next morning all the infection can be seen on the cotton when I take it out of the ear. Totally believe in this plant. Known about it since small as I am a native of the Islands.

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