A good reason to grow Hens & Chickens ,Sempervivum Tectorum

Houseleek, Crassulaceae, I came across this little plant called Houseleek, in The Complete book of Herbs, a recent garage sale find or $1.00. I’ve only ever only known this plant as Hens and Chickens.

I was surprised to learn that “it is one of the oldest first-aid herbs, reputed to have healing properties similar to those of Aloe Vera, but a bit weaker”. It has many uses that I never knew of. So next time you’re out in the garden and get a bee sting, grab a leaf and you’re good to go.!

Culinary: Leaf, The Dutch add it to salads

Cosmetic: Leaf, Soak fresh leaves in a bath or facial steam to heal and nourish the skin

Folk Medicine: Leaf, Said to relieve small injuries, Succulent interior is applied directly to skin, or pulped and used in a poultice or dressing, Applied to minor burns, wasp and nettle stings, cuts, ulcers, insect bites , itching or burning skin and warts. Infused as a tea for septic throats, bronchitis and mouth Ailments.

This super easy plant to grow and propragate was planted by the Romans in courtyard urns and on roof tops



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