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Herb name: Common houseleek, sempervivum tectorum

herbs - common houseleek

Family: Crassulaceae

Useful plant parts: Leaves

Description: The common houseleek is a small plant that has many thick leaves gathered in a rosette that usually grows relatively close to the ground. During summer (although not every year) 30 to 40 centimeter tall flower stalks can emerge, which have many pink star-shaped flowers that come in smaller bloom formations.


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Collecting period and locations: Since the leaves have the best healing properties, they can be collected at any time of the year, and in most cases only a few leaves are sufficient. Concerning the places where this herb can be found, it is widespread in Asia and southern Europe, but can be found in other places as well. It can often be found growing in cracks in rocks and similar relatively dry places.

Medicinal properties and applications: The common houseleek is known to have two main applications. The first is related to the treatment of burns, by using the juice squeezed from the leaves of this plant, or by using various topical products obtained from the leaves of this plant. The second most well known application of this medicinal herb is the treatment of ear pain (also known as otalgia).


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Active compounds: Tannins, mucilage, resins, and malic acid.

Recipe: In the case of earache, it is necessary to take a few leaves of this plant, split them in half and squeeze a few drops of the juice from the leaves in the ear that hurts, and keep it like that a short period of time. With time, the pain in the ear should be reduced or completely healed. When treating burns, one should take a somewhat larger number of leaves and can once again squeeze out the juice from the thick leaves, that can than be applied to burns in order to reduce pain.

 

 

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