Crassula ovata, commonly known as Jade Plant, is a succulent plant native to South Africa and Mozambique. It is a highly popular plant, outdoors in no-freeze climates and indoors almost everywhere. The glossy leaves, wide range of forms and colors, and the ease of maintenance delight owners. Even the houseplants will bloom if provided enough heat, light and carefully fertilized. The plants make superb and long lived bonsai, responding well to pruning, restricted roots, but badly to wiring techniques. The soft, fleshy trunks tend to scar under the pressure from thin wires. But Jade Plant is more than just a pretty plant.
This plant is not a major element of herbal or alternate medicine, nor of standard medicine, but it is recommended for warts in folk remedies. In this use, a leaf is cut open and the moist flesh is bound over the wart for a series of days. If the treatment is successful, the wart falls off after prolonged exposure.
Jade plant is also used as a treatment for nausea and in Africa it is used to treat epilepsy, diarrhea, cuts, sore, corns and to purge the intestines.
For cuts and sores the leaves have to be cut in half and put on the sore and put a plaster over it. It help for the pain as well.
The Khoi and other Africans used the roots for food, grated and cooked, eaten with thick milk. They also used the leaves for medicinal purposes. The leaves were boiled in milk and used to treat epilepsy and corns, as a purgative and as a remedy for diarrhea.
The Feng Shui masters believe that Jade Plants have calming effects. Jade plant activates "Chi" that is a good, uplifting, renewing kind of energy that benefits our health.
These uses, however, are marginal. Jade Plant is primarily grown for its beauty, adaptability and ease of culture.
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