Kalanchoe pinnata & its medicinal use

Updated April 17, 2017

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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