Forget the fountain of youth. This plant may be the next best thing! The root extract from the Polyscias fruticosa can extend the life span! The leaves are also used in a tonic for anti-inflammatory treatments and used as an antibacterial ointment. In Thailand, foodies eat it raw or boiled using dips and curries for added flavor.
Care Level: I'm Easy
Pet Friendly: Warning
Like many houseplants, Mings are not intended for consumption.
Though toxic to animals, the Ming Aralia (and we do not recommend this) has long been used in traditional medicine as a tonic, and noted to have anti-inflammation, anti-toxin, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It is also used against dysentery, neuralgia, rheumatism, and digestion-related ailments.