Latin name: Stellaria media
Other names: chickenwort, common chickweed, satinflower, winterweed
What is Chickweed?
Native to Europe, but now found in North America, chickweed is what most people consider a common weed—perhaps the most common in the world. The plant is harvested in summer. It grows abundantly in moist places and flowers throughout the year.
What are the health benefits of Chickweed?
Chickweed root is an excellent source of many B vitamins and a number of minerals. It is used to treat bronchitis, arthritis, pleurisy, coughs, and colds. Considered a blood builder, chickweed serves as a blood cleanser when there is a threat of blood poisoning or tetanus. An herbal poultice of chickweed can be prepared and applied directly on the affected area to draw out toxins. Chickweed roots are used in the preparation of decoctions that calm hot fevers, especially those that arise during a period of chronic illness.
Chickweed has astringent properties and is good for treating external skin disorders, including eczema and varicose veins. An herbal cream made from chickweed is very helpful for these conditions. Also, adding a fresh or dried chickweed preparation to the bath is good for soothing skin irritations and rashes. In addition, a chickweed poultice can be applied to cuts, burns, and bruises.
How do I prepare Chickweed to get the health benefits?
Chickweed is commonly applied externally as an herbal topical cream. Chickweed can also be taken as capsules or as tea; tea can be made by boiling 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of dried chickweed, steeping for up to 20 minutes, and then straining before drinking.
Where can I find Chickweed?
Chickweed root can be found in health food stores and online.
You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Allergy Tamer, which provides temporary relief from nasal congestion, sneezing, itchiness, and watery eyes.
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