Chickweed

IMG_3446Chickweed is lovely, low growing plant that is very common and grows in cool, damp places. With oval shaped leaves, it has a succulent and juicy appearance to the stem with a slight enlargement at the joints and bears white star-like flowers from March-September. A close look reveals hairiness to the stem. Chickweed is a member of the Carnation family that grows from 6 to 15 inches long. At first appearance, it may seem weak and straggly looking and very delicate. But don’t let this appearance fool you as it has enormous power both medicinally and as a plant to grow rampantly if conditions are in its favor. Its medicinal properties are many and varied.

Latin Name:Stellaria medica
Key Elements – cools, soothes and relieves

As a Nourishing Food: Eaten raw in salads, both plain and mixed with other salad greens. The flavor is often compared to corn silk or corn-on-the-cob. It is also good steamed as a vegetable (save and drink the water as a tonic). It is considered to be a favorite wild plant for making fresh pesto.

Taste: Moist, cool

Parts Used: Leaves, stems, flowers.                                     

Medicinal Uses: Internal and External.

  • Use  in early spring for a mild kidney and liver cleanse
  • Relieves sunburn
  • Soothes itchy dry skin, eczema and psoriasis (good for any inflammation)
  • Heals wounds
  • Improves fat metabolism and digestion
  • Diuretic (regulates water)
  • Draws out splinters
  • Excellent pulmonary (expectorant for dry coughs due to bronchitis or pleurisy)
  • Circulatory tonic
  • Known to be used for rheumatism
  • Mild laxative
  • Fibromyalgia (aids mitochondria function)
  • May help with rosacea
  • Useful for pink eye, or sore or inflamed eyes
  • Helps with some asthma issues
  • Blood cleanser
  • Used to break up fatty tumors and deposits
  • May assist thyroid function with along with other herbs
  • Historically used for swollen testicles

Systems supported: Immune, lungs, stomach, skin.

Plant preparations: Food, infusion, tincture, oil, salve, poultice, compress

Minerals/Vitamins: Calcium, cobalt, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, silica, sulfur, copper, and zinc. Vitamins C, D, B-Complex and beta-carotene.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent, Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Emollient, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Vulnerary

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Please consult your qualified healthcare provider for treatment of medical problems.

The Lamb Shoppe has tinctures of Chickweed for $10 a bottle, plus handcrafted salve from the fresh plant.