Houseleek in Herbalism

The houseleek is regarded by herbalists as one of the safest treatments for inflammations, burns, scalds, swellings, bruises, cuts, stings, bites and ulcers, with similar properties to aloe vera.  The bruised leaves of the fresh plant, or its juice, can be applied as a poultice. Choose a thick, fleshy leaf and remove from the plant.  It can be peeled or pressed and applied directly to the affected area.  Use in a salve for burns, scalds and skin inflammations. 

Houseleeks provide a healing gel with similar properties to aloe vera and make a viable alternative. Houseleek gel helps skin repair and regeneration, it moisturises and firms the skin, and can be used in anti-aging preparations.  It has a mild skin lightening effect and can be used in creams to treat age spots on the hands.

Houseleek leaves are cooling and astringent and houseleek tea may be used as a skin toner, or houseleeks may be added to your homemade skin toners. Add the leaves to a facial steam or bath.

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Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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