Tradescantia zebrina is used in herbal teas in Jamaica to cure the common cold.
Tradescantia zebrina is a plant native to Mexico that has been used medicinally in an herbal tea in Jamaica to treat the common cold. The plant, also known as Wandering Jew, is additionally used to treat uterine problems, hypertension and tuberculosis. Tradescantia zebrina is sometimes used in mixture with other types of herbs to treat amenorrhea and strengthen the blood. Matali, a Mexican drink made with lime and Tradescantia zebrina, is another medicinal remedy. The mixture is brought to a boil and steeped for a few minutes, as if you were going to make a cup of black tea. The drink is sweetened and consumed cold as a health-enhancing tonic.
The common cold usually lasts for one to two weeks.
Anyone handling Tradescantia zebrina medicinally or in the garden should be aware that it can cause itching and other allergic reactions in susceptible people. Also known as Zebrina pendula for its dragging habit, the plant makes a beautiful appearance in flower pots and hanging baskets, both outdoors and indoors. Gardeners can also plant it as a ground cover, but some people who use the plant in this way take extra care to keep it restricted in its own container, because the Wandering Jew, as its name implies, likes to roam and escape. of its limits.
People with tuberculosis, which commonly affects the lungs and causes night sweats and fever, may benefit from using Tradescantia zebrina.
The plant has a habit of dropping pieces of its stems with colorful leaves, outdoors or indoors, and these fallen pieces can take root in just about any type of soil. Gardeners who like to make seedlings of their plants to give as gifts to friends or to expand their own plant collection, such as the plant’s ability to easily propagate in soil or water, although this trend makes other people consider the Wandering Jew a invader in a garden and a bit messy at home. Tradescantia zebrina, despite this problem, is still prized by many for its toughness and appearance.
Tradescantia zebrina is prized for its foliage, although under ideal conditions it produces tiny flowers. Depending on the variety, the flowers can be pink or white. The leaves are about 2 inches (5.08 centimeters) long, dark green and silvery with purple edges and purple undersides. Wandering Jew, also known as Creeping Jenny, Red Water Grass and Inch plant, is a succulent that grows well in the shade with a few sprays of water a day.