Here's one of my favorite plants: Lantana! Aside from looking beautiful, this plant has many medicinal benefits.
It has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Its leaves smell like wild oranges.
Crushed leaves soothe insect stings,the itch of chicken pox and measles.
The water bath relieves symptoms of rheumatism.
As a tea, lantana leaves can be used for relief from headaches, fever, flu, coughs, colds, toothaches and indigestion.
To use as an inhalant for respiratory problems:
Pound lantana leaves. Boil in water for 5 minutes using a tight fitting lid. Uncover and inhale the steam directly from the pot or pour into a container with a narrow mouth and inhale the steam.
The dried lantana leaves that have been burned in a glass jar is also known to be a natural mosquito repellent.
The crushed leaves are used as a furniture polish.