HERB PLANT (MEDICINAL): Panadol Plant - Sold Per Plant

By Nature Touch Farms From Jamaica

Price $500.00 $750.00

Read & learn all about the Panadol Plant - A herb for all seasons!!!

The package includes 1 plant growing in a seedling pot.

This is a low growing ground cover that’s easy to grow. The leaves are very aromatic and serve as a natural rodent repellant (as do many other plectranthus species).

The panadol plant, or Plectranthus caninus (syn. Coleus caninus), is a wonderful herb with a wealth of uses. When grown, harvested, and utilized correctly, its benefits extend to the fields of medicine, culinary arts, and landscaping. This tender herb is a refreshing and easy-to-grow member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Its wild stands are found in both Africa, specifically the southern and eastern regions of the continent, the Caribbean, and South Asia.

At first glance, one might confuse the panadol plant with its close relatives. Its bright leaves are easy on the eyes and arise in a neat manner around upright shoots. Depending on ambient conditions, the shoots may thrive as annuals or persist as short-lived perennials. As they can store a considerable amount of moisture in their leaves, they may be referred to as semi-succulents.

Herbalists have lauded the many applications of growing panadol plant, but this flowering species has yet to be extensively studied and cultivated for its pharmaceutical potential. Regardless, both new and unseasoned gardeners are likely to welcome its lavender inflorescences and maybe even use its leaves to brew tea.

Several Plectranthrus species have ethnobotanical uses due to the formulation of their essential oils. When these are extracted and isolated correctly, they can be added to herbal solutions for the treatment of a wide range of ailments. Both the aromatic leaves and the branched taproot contain phytochemicals that may reduce the severity of gum and teeth disorders. Extracts obtained directly from the roots may also aid in the treatment of cough.

Like many other members of the mint family, many of panadol plant’s beneficial phytochemicals can be extracted by brewing bush tea. Boiling the leaves releases anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds that should help relieve some oral, digestive, and respiratory symptoms. Moreover, the plant contains cytotoxic and antioxidant properties. These have applications in the treatment of more serious ailments, like cancer-causing tumors.

Traditionally, the leaves of panadol plant and its congeners have also been used to treat skin diseases and cleanse the breasts of nursing mothers. Presumably, the thick, antimicrobial leaves, which may have an odor that is similar to that of eucalyptus, would help prevent dermal infections. Of course, as with all herbal treatments, it would be best to responsibly take just a low concentration of tea or spot sample the leaves before use.

The essential oil of Plectranthrus caninus is predominantly composed of camphor and a-thujene. Camphor is a monoterpene that can be medicinally used as a topical treatment or as an antitussive (via inhalation). In general, camphor derived from plant oils can function as an antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory compound. It has traditionally been used to relieve mouth pains, itchiness, and cough, though there has yet to be enough scientific evidence to confirm its medicinal effects.

A-thujene, on the other hand, is another monoterpene that can supposedly provide minor pain relief and protection from bacteria. Its presence likely contributes to the pungent scent and strong flavor of panadol plant essential oil. When taken as a whole, these components and the rest of the trace compounds in panadol plant have been shown to be effective against the growth of several types of pathogens – including a broad spectrum of bacterial and fungal strains. This truly highlights the plant’s potential as an herbal treatment for microbial disorders.

A common belief about the panadol plant as an herbal remedy is that it contains paracetamol. The plant itself doesn’t actually contain any traces of this analgesic compound. This myth understandably springs from the fact that an actual drugstore product, named “Panadol” exists. While some “Panadol” products do contain paracetamol, they aren’t entirely fashioned to mimic the effects of the panadol plant.

Despite the absence of paracetamol in the plant, P. caninus may also occasionally be referred to as “paracetamol plant”. Undoubtedly, this only makes everyone even more confused! If you do find that the beneficial effects of the panadol plant essential oil are much like that of the “Panadol” drug, it is likely due to the similarities of their overall antimicrobial properties instead of their chemical formulations.

Adventurous home chefs may find themselves using panadol plant as a seasoning for fragrant dishes. With both a texture and smell that can be likened to that of oregano, its crushed leaves can add complexity to many concoctions. Slightly bitter, these leaves can be mixed with other herbs to create an all-purpose seasoning for various types of meat. Just make sure to err on the side of being conservative when deciding on how many panadol plant leaves to add to your culinary experiments!

Panadol plant naturally spreads as a mat-forming and low-growing herb. Its shoots rarely grow to more than 60 cm (24 inches) tall, with mature ones becoming increasingly woody along their base. In the wild, this species is typically found in communal stands along rocky outcrops, underneath taller trees, or in open and relatively dry woodlands. If you intend to grow it in the garden, keep in mind that it favors well-draining substrates and full to partial sun exposure.

Panadol plant thrives best in warm temperatures and in sandy to loamy soils where its roots can quickly expand. In optimal conditions and the absence of competitors, this herb is known for growing fast. Its roots may need to be restricted to within their own pots or containers, especially if you wish to place them next to other tender herbs.

If you’re located in a temperate region, you might want to consider cultivating panadol plant as an annual plant. As it is fast-growing, there should be enough time in spring and summer for its shoots to produce an ample bounty of leaves and blooms.

IMPORTANT: The information provided is for information only. The medical claims or advice are not endorsed. Never take any medicines without first consulting a qualified practitioner. PLEASE SEE OUR FULL MEDICAL & HEALTH DISCLAIMER AT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE - www.Facebook.com/nature-touch-farms

Panadol plant is remarkably easy to plant and grow in warm regions. If the soil temperature is above 15.5°C (60°F), you’ll find that its seeds and cuttings may produce new growths in no time. Seeds can be collected from dried flower heads. Depending on ambient conditions, these can be sown either indoors or in a protected outdoor location. In temperate areas, it would be best to sow them in a greenhouse.

Panadol plant seeds should be sown on a pre-moistened and sterile starter mix. The germination setup should be kept warm and placed in a spot where it receives partial or filtered light. After a few weeks, the seedlings should have a few pairs of their first true leaves. These can be carefully uprooted and transplanted into their own pots. Once they’ve reached a more easily manageable size, they can be moved outdoors (conditions permitting).

Given the complex formulation of its aromatic essential oil, there’s no doubt that P. caninus has the potential to be a toxic plant. Ingesting a high dose of its leaves can lead to troublesome side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Highly conservative doses should be used if you intend to grow this plant for its herbal benefits.

Interestingly, the panadol plant may also be referred to as “scaredy cat plant”. This amusing name alludes to its ability to deter scent-sensitive animals, like cats and dogs. The strong odor of the leaves should keep pets, potential wild grazers, and leaf-eating insects away from their dense stands. Note, also, that the camphor-rich leaves are toxic to livestock.

Fortunately, despite its ability to grow and spread quickly, the panadol plant is not known for being an invasive plant. It does have naturalized stands outside of its native range, but these are not associated with ecological damage. Many of its close relatives in the mint family, however, can definitely be invasive.

P. caninus can be purchased as juvenile plants in many nurseries, commercial herb gardens, and online plant portals, like Nature Touch Farms - www.Farmlinkr.com/store/nature-touch-farms. Before purchasing this species, make sure the conditions of your area are suitable for its growth. Note, also, that its presence in your garden or home may have an adverse effect on pets.

Nature Touch Farms is your source for buying rare plants and fruit trees. Our online selection of rainforest tropicals, exotic fruit trees and fruit trees can bring the tropics to your back yard, greenhouse or garden.

Check out our wide selection of other tropical plants, subtropical plants and temperate climate plants.

We do take every possible care to grow healthy plants and send these out in the variety as labeled.
We are very careful with packing and handling our plants, however it is the responsibility of the purchaser to promptly unpack, plant and care for the plants appropriately once they arrive.

Please read cultivation notes for each variety carefully, as Nature Touch Farms will not be held accountable for the care of plants once they leave our premises.

Images are for reference purposes only. Actual product may vary in shape or appearance based on climate, age, height, etc.

We will dispatch your plant order as soon as possible.
Please note the plants are individually wrapped, prepped and packaged to ensure safety in transit and this takes time.
During busy periods, plant orders can take up to 7 days to process, so please notify us of any dates we need to take into account when sending your plants.

Shipping Destination Single Item Additional Items
Jamaica $800.00 + $300.00

Store Delivery Information


All orders are delivered islandwide via Knutsford Express - which is our regular islandwide courier service. Pick up is done at Knutsford Express locations nearest & most convenient for you.

We also use GoCool or Doorway Express which are our optional islandwide door to door delivery service providers (at an extra cost), or or you can choose to do onsite
pick up by appointment at our farm or plant nursery. Other delivery arrangements can be made for an additional fee.

Orders are normally processed & dispatched for delivery on Fridays, once the order has been made on or before Thursday 12 midday and payment has been cleared.

For GoCool Courier delivery pick ups are made from our location on Fridays and delivery done islandwide on Saturdays within the Kingston, Ocho Rios & Montego Bay areas. Other areas within the island, deliveries will be done on Mondays .

For Doorway Express delivery pick up are made from our location on Thursdays, and delivery done islandwide on Fridays within the Corporate Areas, Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Spanish Town, May Pen & Mandeville on Fridays. Other areas within the island, deliveries will be done on Saturdays.

For each order a Tracking Number is provided to facilitate tracking of your delivery.

Orders can be collected between the hours of 10 am to 5 pm at the nearest Knutsford Express location or at our onsite location.

We ship our trees using carton boxes. Our trees typically ship via courier service island wide for free via Knutsford Express, other delivery options are at an additional cost. Depending on your destination, it can take 2-7 days for your tree to arrive as we
usually prep the fruit tree before shipping to prevent plant shock during the delivery process. 99% of the time, the trees arrive alive to their final destination. Our trees are shipped in a
grow bag with soil.

Returns Policy


We do our very best to ensure that everything is perfect with your order and that you are 100% satisfied.

However, we know that sometimes even with our best efforts things can still go wrong.

Therefore, for every order purchased (fruits, vegetables, spices & seasonings) an additional 10% is provided FREE OF COST to replace any faults/damages/spoilage. 

If you receive your order in an unsatisfactory condition, please take a few pictures and submit them via email to our email address: [email protected] or WhatsApp the pictures to 1-876-532--9441. Please do this within 24 hours of receiving your package.

We will review your email or WhatsApp message & pictures and get back to you within 5 working days.

Remember to keep the box in case we ask you to ship the package back to us at our expense.


Our warranty only covers the fruit tree and other plants arriving alive and in fair condition. If you receive your fruit tree and/or plant in a condition in which the tree or plant may not survive, please take a few pictures and submit them via email to our address: [email protected] or WhatsApp the pictures to 1-876-532-9441. Please do this within 48 hours of receiving your tree or plant. We will review your email or WhatsApp message & pictures and get back to you within a few days. Remember to keep the box in case we ask you to ship the plant back to us at our expense. Our warranty does not apply once you have planted the tree or plant on the ground, pot and/or any other container.

This item is yet to be reviewed.

Nature Touch Farms

Nature Touch Farm has been in existence since 2004 and has grown from just being a farm which produces exotic watermelons, melons, lettuces, cabbages, plantains and numerous fruit trees.

We have expanded with the addition of our Plant Nurseries boasting a collection of close to 50 varieties of fruit trees.

SHOP with us here from our website. You will be glad you did.

Thank you for shopping with us.