I blogged about these leaves…
…a few times before like here in 2016 , for instance or here in 2008. You can click those links to read all about them.
They are still growing in abundance here and there all over my garden, at times flourishing and doing very well while at other times, they seem to be struggling to stay alive and I really do not know why. All I can do is to sit back and watch and hope for the best.
Well, it so happened that I stumbled upon this Bloomberg article that reported that Thailand’s health ministry had approved the use of the herbal plant extract to treat early stages of Covid-19 as an alternative treatment to reduce the severity of the outbreak and at a time like this, I’ll try anything!
I used to pluck them to brew tea with them and drink loyally without fail every day but lately, I have not been that motivated even when I see a lot sprouting here and there and growing beautifully…
In Chinese (Hokkien), we say “ching pui“, meaning very fat or very fertile.
After reading that article about what is happening in Thailand, I am inspired once again to go back to my daily ritual and yes, I have been plucking those leaves every morning now and drinking the tea.
I seem to notice evidences of flowers and seeds appearing which, I’m afraid, is not a good sign. When there is too much of these, those plants will not thrive so well and it will be difficult to find big succulent leaves for my morning tea. The only consolation is I’ve seen new plants sprouting out elsewhere so hopefully, there will not be a break in the chain and fingers crossed, I will not run out of those leaves eventually.