Almost every day, I am told that I have some strange herbal knowledge. I consider that a high compliment, since I am inspired by the plants around me, wanting to know how to use everything and always researching local flora.
Today, I was giving away pots of Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum), also known as Houseleek. One of the ladies asked me what you could possibly use these for in an herbal sense. Houseleeks are in the Succulent family, just as Aloe is. It may then come as little surprise that the common Houseleek, or Hen and Chicks, can be used for burn healing. Scrape the juicy, gelatinous insides out with a knife, apply to your burn and cover with a clean bandage to hold it there.
About.com Guide, Kerry Michaels, has the most fabulous way to create a container garden out of a shell and some of these great plants. Her idea is much more interesting than my style of "Stick it in a pot and hope for the best". Be sure to check out her site, and bring in those Hens and Chicks!Photo © Gabriel Jeanroy, 2008