Chickweed is an herb which is considered highly nutritious. Needless to say, Chickweed is edible and its leaves are commonly used in salads. The herb is named chickweed due to the fact that fowls such as chickens are attracted towards it.
Chickweed has beautiful and attractive white colored flowers as it belongs to the carnation family.
What is Chickweed?
The botanical name of Chickweed is Stellaria media. It is also known as Stellaria pubera. The herb belongs to the carnation family known as Caryophyllaceae. Other common names of this herb are – starwort, satin flower, tongue grass, chickenwort, white bird’s eye, adder’s mouth, winter weed and mouse ear.
Chickweed is commonly seen in the European countries and also in North America. As a plant, chickweed has bright green colored leaves and white colored five petal star shaped flowers.
How does it work?
Chickweed contains the following – flavonoids, ascorbic acid, alkaloids, calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc , Selenium, Gamma-linolenic-acid, Saponin glycosides, Triterpenoid saponins, Coumarins and Beta-carotene.
The following are the health related benefits of Chickweed:
Poultice made using chickweed extract helps in healing skin wounds and reducing boils, abscesses, eczema, psoriasis and ulcers. The herb is also used to treat pink eye, hemorrhoids and first degree burns.
Chickweed is commonly associated with the treatment of respiratory issues like cough, cold, bronchitis, allergy, step throat and excessive mucus build up. Since, the herb contains high amounts of Vitamin C, it is also used for the treatment of scurvy.
Kidney And Liver
In folk medicine, chickweed is used as a tonic to clean the kidney and the liver. It is believed that due to its diuretic properties, the herb helps in flushing out toxins from the body through the urine. This way, chickweed is also used to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis.
Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, chickweed can effectively reduce inflammation and pain. Due to this reason, the herb is used to treat the following conditions – arthritis, stiff neck, rheumatism and menstrual cramps.
Chickweed also helps in treating the following stomach issues – upset stomach, poor digestion, stomach ulcers and constipation.
Chickweed is also associated with weight loss treatments due to its diuretic effect. Some use this herb for treating ovarian cysts and thryoid issues in women.
Chickweed is commonly used in poultices and in herbal baths. It is also taken internally in the form of herbal tea or herbal juice. To make an infusion, add one tablespoon of the dried extract to a cup of boiling water. Three cups of the herbal infusion can be taken in a day.Another interesting method of taking chickweed internally is to clean and add fresh chickweed plant along with any fruit in a blender and drink the herbal juice once or twice daily.
Chickweed is considered safe if it is properly administered in optimum therapeutic dosages.
Chickweed is a plant which is mostly considered invasive. Chickweed is used to treat respiratory and skin conditions. It also helps in relieving pain associated with inflammatory conditions of the body. The herb is considered safe for consumption.
There is limited information about the interactions of Chickweed with other drugs and herbs.