Hens and Chicks
- Hens and Chicks
© Wysti Moon
THere are many wonderful uses for this lovely succulent. Since ancient times, Hens and Chicks have been used for culinary uses, cosmetic uses, and medicinal uses too. In ancient times it was said that the Hens and Chicks were a present form Jupiter to protect people's homes from lightening, thunder, fire, and witchcraft. It was said to be a form of "fire insurance."
Hens and Chicks sybolize vivacity and industry. It is also one of the oldest forms of first aid, similiar to aloe vera, but has reduced healing properties. The biggest advantage of Hens and Chicks over aloe vera is that it can survive colder climates than aloe vera.
In the culinary arts, it is used in salads. In the cosmetic arts, Hens and Chicks are used in facial steams and baths. Just soak the fresh leaves in the water to help nourish your skin. The juice from the fresh leaves or a decoction can be use to treat warts and other skin blemishes.
Medicinally, Hens and Chicks will relieve small injuries by using the succulent interior of the leaves and applying this directly to the skin. For minor burns, wasp and nettle stings, cuts and insect bites, soften corns, bind the leaves on the affected area for a few hours. For sore throats, bronchitis and mouth ulcers and sores, infuse as a tea and drink.
Hens and Chicks are easy to propogate. They don't require that much water and you can have an abundance of them if you make sure they have a well lit area to grow. They are a hardy evergreen perennial suculten and grow to 2-3 inches with flowering stems (the babies that you can cut off and start a new plant.)