Kalanchoe Pinnata & Its Medicinal Use


Kalanchoe pinnata is more commonly referred to as an air plant. Although not commonly used in the United State medicinally, this plant is used for a variety of medicinal uses throughout the tropical regions in which it grows naturally.


  • Kalanchoe pinnata is a perennial plant that matures to a height of 3 to 5 feet.


  • Kalanchoe pinnata produces dark green leaves with serrated edges.

Kalanchoe Pinnata Functions

  • "Infusion or fresh leaf juice" has nervous-system-depressant, pain-relief and anti-inflammatory qualities, according to the website Raintree Nutrition. It has also been effective when used as an immunomodulator to alter immune functions.

External Uses

  • Juice from the leaves or infusions made from the leaves are applied to the skin to reduce inflammation or to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Internal Uses

  • Parts of the Kalanchoe pinnata plants, particularly the leaves, are ingested to suppress coughs, lower cholesterol, reduce fevers, heal wounds, treat kidney stones and treat infections.

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