Technically, you can eat kalanchoe, but you’re not going to want to just pick off a piece of your plant and have a nibble.
While most kalanchoe plants do have cancer-fighting properties that can majorly benefit your body, it has to be done properly.
It should be done in a laboratory-controlled area where they utilize the benefits of kalanchoe, and leave out the negatives.
For instance, the kalanchoe blossfeldiana is actually poisonous to household pets and livestock, but technically can be consumed by people as it’s not deemed poison for human consumption.
Still, there are volatile properties that need to be accounted for.
All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t just grow your kalanchoe to chew on the leaves for its medicinal purposes.
Everything should be handled by a licensed professional, and they’re not likely to use the kalanchoe plant you grow in your home.
They’ll use something that’s been grown in a safe, verifiable space by a drug manufacturer that they can trust.
That being said, grow kalanchoe at your own leisure and enjoy the aromas, just don’t turn your home into an apothecary.
Cats are attracted to the smell, just don’t let them eat it. It’s really not a good idea to leave these unnetted if you have cats or dogs around.
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Health Benefits By Eating Kalanchoes
When ingested, kalanchoes have been proven to remedy some harsh symptoms of various diseases and disorders that make people’s day-to-day lives more difficult.
We do not know what your reaction to ingesting kalanchoe would be, so while we advise against ingesting it directly in this:
Oral Health Protection
The nutrients in kalanchoe help to protect your gums and teeth from decay and rot. While this is known to have helped, this area has the least amount of scientific backing, so proceed with caution before looking for a kalanchoe-based oral healthcare solution.
urinary Track Infection Prevention (UTI)
Along with areas of the female reproductive system, UTI’s can be prevented with kalanchoe if it’s being consumed on a regular basis. This isn’t a one-and-done kind of solution.
Treating Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is very different from temporary aching from a workout. Muscle pain can be chronic and causes a sharp, stabbing pain in your muscles that is far from soreness and aches. Kalanchoes are known to help alleviate this pain.
Sunburns suck no matter what, but with a kalanchoe plant, you can help speed up the healing process and pull some of that heat out of the burn. No more tingling and hotness when you touch your skin; that can all be in the past.
Wound Pain Management
Different from muscle pain, this has known applications to wounds to remove pain and make the healing process more manageable for those involved. Different kalanchoe plants have different properties, so don’t just jump right into anything.
Alleviates Inflamation in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) isn’t that common, but if you have it, then you know just how much damage it can do to your body. Kalanchoe has some ties to alleviating inflammation, which could directly help your body from attacking itself when you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Do Kalanchoe Succulent Plants Fight Cancer?
There is some evidence that kalanchoe plants have some cancer-fighting abilities.
Researchers have found that kalanchoe acts as a cancer retardant, where it helps keep cancer cells at bay.
While there is currently nothing groundbreaking, there have been ongoing scientific studies to continually discover the cancer-fighting properties of kalanchoe plants and find a way to work them into modern medicine.
That’s Western medicine we’re talking about, here; kalanchoe plants have been used in Southeast Asia and the Philippines for years as an anti-cancer, all-natural remedy.
There are some suggestions that say you can simply eat kalanchoe plants, but as you’ll find later, we don’t recommend it.
For more information on types of Kalanchoe plants, read more about them:
-  Hsieh, Y. J., Yang, M. Y., Leu, Y. L., Chen, C., Wan, C. F., Chang, M. Y., & Chang, C. J. (2012). Kalanchoe tubiflora extract inhibits cell proliferation by affecting the mitotic apparatus. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 12, 149.
-  Arias-González, I., García-Carrancá, A.M., Cornejo-Garrido, J., Ordaz-Pichardo, C. (2018). Cytotoxic effect of Kalanchoe flammea and induction of intrinsic mitochondrial apoptotic signaling in prostate cancer cells. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 222, pp. 133-147.
- García-Pérez, et. al. (2019). Bioactive Natural Products From the Genus Kalanchoe as Cancer Chemopreventive Agents: A Review. Studies in Natural Products Chemistry, vol 61, pp. 49-84.
- Joseph, B, Sridhar, S., Dr. Sankarganesh, P., Justinraj, & Biby, E. (2011). Rare Medicinal Plant-Kalanchoe Pinnata. Research Journal of Microbiology. 6. 322-327. 10.3923/jm.2011.322.327.
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Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she studied at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. She continued her gardening education by working on organic farms in both rural and urban settings. She started UrbanOrganicYield.com to share gardening tips and tactics. She’s happy to talk about succulents and houseplants or vegetables and herbs – or just about anything in a backyard garden or hydroponics garden.