September 11, 2016

How to take advantage of the healing properties of Houseleek?

How houseleek looks like and where it grows?

Houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum) is a perennial herbaceous plant, which belongs to the group of succulents, which also includes her cousin, Aloe Vera

Houseleek is recognized for it’s strong, hard and fleshy leaves and the colors in which it appears are different - usually green, red, purple and dark yellow.

Its leaves are juicy and full of water, which enables houseleek to withstand the very high external temperature, or to survive in adverse conditions with low temperatures. It may be grows on the rocky ground, but houseleek can be easily grown at home, potted with humus.

Where it came from and what is the historical value of the houseleek?

It is believed that the origin of houseleek is Mexico, and that its creation and use in the treatment date back from the time of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

The Latin name of houseleek is Sempervivum, which means ‘’still alive’’. In the old folk beliefs, houseleek was the protector of the house, which why it was always kept on the roofs; beliefs say that houseleek had an ability to protect house from lightning and storms.

Houseleek is recognized for it’s strong, hard and fleshy leaves and the colors in which it appears are different - usually green, red, purple and dark yellow.

Also, houseleek was considered as a plant that brings prosperity and the happiness into the house, therefore they grew houseleek in order to obtain better crops.

In addition to prominent magical character, houseleek was also used in the natural treatment. Her healing juice from the succulent leaves is used to treat ear infections, purulent inflammation of the throat and teeth, to relieve diarrhea, and for the treatment of burns and wounds on the skin. For centuries, the juice from fresh leaves of houseleek was used to remove warts and corns.

What is the secret of healing properties of houseleek?

Drug substances that were extracted from the fleshy leaves and which are the main carriers of medicinal properties of houseleek are: malic and fumaric acid, tannins, gums, resins, mucilage, wax and mineral substances.

What are the Health Benefits of Houseleek?

Houseleek is distinctly medicinal herb and it often compares with Aloe Vera after healing properties, because the application in the treatment of them is the similar.

Medicinal properties of houseleek lie in the existence of anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic properties.

Most often houseleek is used in the form of juice squeezed from fresh leaves, then in the form of a tincture, ointment, gel or tea.

1. Tea of the Houseleek 

Tea of the Houseleek is excellent for women who have heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual cramps, diarrhea and ulcers in stomach and intestine.

For the preparation of tea from the houseleek you will need:

- 1 tablespoon of fresh or 2 teaspoons dried leaves of houseleek

- A cup of water

In the cooking pot for tea, put water and leaves of houseleek to cook for 15 minutes. Then strain the tea and leave to cool. Tea is drunk in the morning before eating, then every hour after; take 1 teaspoon of tea, until you drink all the tea.

2. Houseleek and Honey

Probably there is no better cure for the treatment of ovarian cysts and fibroids than the combination of honey and houseleek.

Just take equal parts of houseleek (fresh leaves, finely chopped) and honey - 1: 1, and mixed them to be reunited. Fill the jar with this mixture and take one tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach and 1-2 tablespoons during the day.

Except for the treatment of cysts and fibroids, this fresh mixture of honey and leaves of houseleek can cure problems with the thyroid gland, heart disease and lowers high temperature.

3. Juice 

Fresh squeezed juice from the leaves of houseleek possesses antibacterial properties, and is effective in combating the bacteria that produce pus processes in the body. This juice you can drink in small sips or you can gurgle it for the treatment of angina.

Fresh juice from the leaves of houseleek  can be apply externally to burns, wounds, stings from insects, because it  provides  quick relief and removes pain and redness.

When there is inflammation of the ears, or the presence of large amounts of cerumen in the ear, you can use 2-3 drops of fresh juice from the houseleek and instill in painful ear. This natural remedy is very effective, and antibiotic will not be required at all.

Council plus:

Houseleek is a plant that is completely safe for widespread use, except pregnant women and nursing mothers.