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Vick’s Plant – Plectranthus purpuratus
It is commonly known as the “Vicks Plant” for its leaves that smell like Vick’s Vap-O-Rub or menthol when crushed. The plant is indigenous to South Africa.
It is a perennial, semi-succulent herb with soft light green leaves. The leaf surface is coarse from indentations on the upper surface of the complex network of veins. Leaves & stems are hairy. The flowers are white and exceptionally attractive to honey bees.
The plant can spread to three of four feet across. Prune it back by half every six months to reduce woodiness. It has a strong camphor aroma when you rub the leaves. Excellent in herb mixtures (usually very hard to find). Very fast growing – ideal for filling empty spots.
The vicks plant leaves can be steeped in boiling water to vapourize the characteristic oils which are then inhaled, helping to clear nasal and respiratory passages. The leaves can also be applied as a poultice, or prepared in petroleum jelly-based ointments. Petroleum jelly works well.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.