The Greeks and Romans planted houseleek among other plants to protect them from the caterpillars, different insects and pests, and Charles the Great ordered his servants to plant houseleek among 72 other obligatory plants on the fields.
Houseleek is a perennial plant that grows 10 to 60 cm. It has thick juicy leaves arranged in a rosette. It requires a small amount of water, like a cactus. If planted in the garden, it does not need watering. It blooms between July and October and then you can collect its leaves for preparing teas and other therapeutic cures.
- Freshly squeezed juice from houseleek:
This juice is used in the treatment of burns, insect bites, warts, freckles and sun spots, herpes and chapped skin. The juice also helps with gums, ear, and throat inflammations.
Houseleek tea increases the secretion of urine; it helps with heavy, painful periods and dysentery.
- 2 tablespoons of chopped houseleek leaves
- 1 cup boiling water
Pour the leaves with boiling water, leave them for 2 hours and then strain the liquid and drink 1/4 cup, 4 times a day before meals.
- Honey and houseleek as natural remedies:
- 500 grams of organic honey
- 300 grams of houseleek leaves
Grind the houseleek leaves and mix them with honey. Keep the mixture for several days.
One teaspoon of the mixture is consumed on an empty stomach and after that you shouldn’t consume anything in the following 2 hours. During the winter we are less physically active which leads to increased retention of harmful substances in the body. A mixture of honey and houseleek accelerates the metabolism and cleanses the body of toxins. It is also used by people who suffer from heart diseases which is recommended by the Russian doctors. It is used for treating uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
- Houseleek cream
- 1 handful of finely chopped houseleek leaves
- 200 grams of lard
Wash the lard nine times in water. Mix all the ingredients in a saucer. Put the mixture at low temperature until the lard is melted. Do not cook it! When the lard is melted leave it for 12 hours. After that, heat the mixture again until it becomes liquid, strain it and pour it in a jar. Store the mixture in the refrigerator.
Houseleek cream is beneficial for:
It is used for purulent wounds that are not healed for a long time, swellings and sunspots, freckles, insect bites and fistulas.