Houseleek is a very well known plant (Sempervivum tectorum – Latin name) also know in some countries like “Housekeeper”, “Watchtower”, “Ear cleaner” or “Jupiter`s beard” etc.
This plant received its name in the past by believing that had magical powers when it comes to protecting the house from lightning.
Therefore, Houseleek was mass grown on rooftops.
Houseleek needs to be in every home
Its thick leaves retain large amounts of water over a longer period of time.
Therefore, houseleek does not need a lot of lands and successfully is surviving in the rocky soil.
European nations have similar beliefs related to this plant.
Including the stories that are providing protection against lightning protects the house from storms and fire and homeowners ensure well-being and prosperity.
Well, it is no wonder that this guardian is seen in almost all the village houses, where the tradition is still kept.
In fact, houseleek is a medicinal and healthful herbal plant, which in recent times is compared to world popular Aloe Vera.
More specifically, it is considered a weaker version of Aloe Vera.
These two plants have a lot of similarities.
Both have thick succulent leaves filled with a healing gel which is very effective for the treatment of skin diseases.
Houseleek contains minerals, tannin, formic acid, malic acid, isocitric acid, succinic acid, mucilage, wax, rubber.
Thus, the gel from the leaves of houseleek or whole leaves cut on half is used for the treatment of skin ulcers, in particular, diarrhea, cuts, and burns.
Centuries ago the fresh houseleek leaves are recommended for removing warts and calluses – corns.
Then, facilitates problems caused by various types of inflammation of the skin.
The juice of this plant combined with honey is used as a mouthwash in cases of inflammation of the mucous membranes, as well as for the treatment of fibroids and cysts.
Houseleek has received the name “Ear cleaner” because its juice successfully cleans ears of fat that accumulates in them.
That fat in an excessive measure may impair your hearing.
Houseleek is recommended as an aid to ease the tension, nervousness, and fears.
Fresh juice from the leaves of this plant acts as a diuretic, emetic, purgative, astringent and in large quantities as a laxative.
Herbalists say it is generally good for the health and well-being of the organism if sometimes we eat one leaf of this plant.
Houseleek leaves are the fullest and juiciest in the summer.
You should know that they keep their medicinal properties if you put them in the freezer.
The gel from the leaves can also be squeezed in the summer and keep in the freezer for the winter days.