Similar to all other herbs, Vick's plant (Plectranthus tomentosus) offers us numerous health benefits. One major property of this plant is that it naturally clears up sinuses. To use Vick�s plant for this purpose, you just need to trim some of the aerial growth near a mode where you will find branches or two leaves sprouting - doing this will help the plant to have a dense growth similar to pinching back basil. Put the trimmings in a pot containing lightly seething water. Next, cover your head with a cloth and allow the steam to come towards you. Inhale the vapours gently and see the magic. As the name of the plant suggests, its odour is very akin to that of 'Vick�s Vapor Rub', a commonly available over-the-counter rub that is rubbed on the chest to break chest colds and ease congestion in the respiratory tract. Actually, the Vick's plant is also employed for the same purpose. You can steep the leaves of the plant in boiling water to vaporize the oils contained by them and inhale the vapour to clear the congestion in the nasal as well as respiratory passages. In addition, the leaves of Vick's plant can also be used in the form of a poultice. Alternatively, they can be used to prepare ointments in petroleum-based jelly. This also works excellently when rubbed on the chest or on the nose. Moreover, the leaves of this plant are wonderful mosquito repellent. The Vick's plant is also used in the form of poultices that are applied externally. An herbal tea prepared with the leaves of this plant is used for treating various ailments. This herb works well to cure muscle aches, arthritis and bruising. However, one must be careful not to apply the herb on open wounds. Vick's plant is also used in the form of a stimulant rub, which promotes circulation in rigid and cold limbs. As an internal medication, camphor is a very dependable remedy for treating lung congestion and sinuses. Camphor also works like an expectorant helping to loosen up dense mucus and also treats fever when you inhale its vapour. When used externally, this plant works as an astringent and antimicrobial agent. You can grow this plant on the deck in hanging baskets, in flower beds around your house as well as plant them facing the windows.
Plectranthus tomentosus or Vick's plant is grown in gardens as an annual plant. This plant grows well in full sun and in soils that are well-drained. However, the can also endure drier soil. It is advisable that you clip the plant during the winter months for their optimal growth. Vick's plant can be propagated both in soil and water. Ideally, the plant should be kept indoors near a south-facing window. These plants prefer enough watering, but the soil needs to be dry before the plants are watered again. In case you water the plants excessively, the leaves will gradually become yellow and also soggy. Vicky�s plant blooms twice - once in the beginning of spring and again in the fall. The plants bear purple hued flowers that appear in the terminal racemes. Since the leaves of Vick's plant are very fleshy, you need to be careful about not watering the plants excessively. The Vick's plant is soft and succulent and, hence, it needs to be protected from frost as well as heavy rains. Ensure that the plant is always grown in pots having proper drainage. At the same time, the plants need to be placed in full sun and when the soil becomes dry, they need to be watered adequately - deep watering. The plant propagates asexually and grows roots from the stem cuttings. Division needs to be done during the middle of spring or latter part of the season. However, the stem tip cuttings can be made throughout the year.
The Vick's plant contains as many as 44 varieties of volatile substances, which are responsible for its aroma. The 44 types of volatile substances include eight varieties of compounds. About half of these 44 varieties of volatile constituents in the Vick's plant are terpenoids. These terpenoids are basically phytochemicals that form the main constituents of various essential oils. Among the terpenoids contained by Vick's plant, limonene is found in maximum amount. It is worth mentioning here that the smell of citrus plants is attributed to limonene.