Houseleek ( Sempervivum Tectorum L. )

Houseleek ( Sempervivum Tectorum L. )

Houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum L.) is a perennial plant with thick leaf rosettes. The leaves are thick, fleshy and surmounted by a pointed tip. It grows 10 to 30 cm in height during summer and its stalk is covered with small scale-leaves. The flowers are star-shaped, light red, and some subspecies of yellow to red-purple. The leaves are odorless and taste slimy, little bitter, sourÖ like the taste of grass. Blooming time is July and August. The plant is very modest, almost no requirements to maintain, can be found in rural fields and other gardens, and the thatched roofs of village houses, and sometimes even on roofs with tiles.


The fresh leaves are harvested from the beginning of March until the end of October.


Tannin, vegetable mucus, fatty oil, resin, calcium malate, formic and malic acid. It is certain that the plant contained yet other, undiscovered, healing agents.


Preparations made of houseleek are means which cools and contracts, placed on wounds, inflammations, ulcers, burns, and the painful places, caused by gout. It is used as a reliable means against belt-like rash (shingles), malignant skin diseases, cracked skin, hemorrhoids and worms. In recent times, fresh juice of the whole plant, either in the form of a tincture or as a homeopathic preparation are being produced, and recommended with purulent inflammation of the gums and inflammation of the throat, even mentioned in the application for cancer of the uterus.

It is used to treat crushed tissue (contusion), injuries due to accidents, wounds, inflammation, burns, insect bites and others.

It is used against dysentery and diarrhea similar cases, and as a remedy for intestinal parasites.
Fresh juice is used at the initial state erysipelas (erysipelas), with ulcers and wounds that heal poorly. Fresh juice can be externally applied to ulcers on the eye, with pain and leakage ear.