And What Do You Know About The Lady Chickweed Herb
These tiny green fleshy leaves with the star flower, grow right under foot in many a garden. She grows low ground and creeps, and is a bright star in the herb world. She loves the shade, and this is generally where you will see her, and is a very common garden plant. She has a known ability to cool body inflammations and speed up healing for either or, internal or external flare-ups. As an annual plant, this plant does reseed itself.
Stellaria media is the botanical name for Chickweed, and it stands for little stars. This healer of tissue inflammation, when applied as a poultice, is truly remarkable, and I have personally used it for irritated eyes, and recommend it for pink eye as it a known cooler and dryer of skin issues. Has many similar healing properties, as Purslane, a herb I personally use a lot, in my concoctions.
Fresh and crushed , you can apply it to any area or eyes, and use it several times a day for a couple of days, making sure you discard the used herb, and start fresh every time, as the bacteria is in the used materials. Very soothing, but hang on there is more to this little white star on the ground.
As a salad green, a fresh herbal tea, a soothing poultice, or as an ointment or salve, you have a friend. Always pick your chickweed in areas clear and free of pesticides and sprays, so you know it is fresh. Mine grows everywhere and once you spot her, you will see it all over. Herbalists still drink the tea of fresh chickweed as a blood cleanse.
Fresh chickweed can be eaten in summer salads and can be fed to our pets, as it does soothe the digestive tract.
When we add lady chickweed to our diets, the saponins that are contained in chickweed aid us in absorbing nutrients and much need minerals, breaking down unwanted matter, bacteria, fat cells, cysts, benign tumors, mucus in the digestive/ respiratory system, and the saponins also are thought to be a great aid, for the relief of itching.
To sum up the common uses, common chickweed
- i) is a tonic to for liver and kidney cleansing
- ii) superb healer of skin wounds as a poultice for boils, cuts, burns, abscesses and ulcers. ii) great for itchiness associated with eczema and psoriasis.
- iv) acts against inflammation and pain and used to treat rheumatism, arthritis and menstrual pains
- v) great for constipation and upset stomachs as it promotes digestion.
- vi) a great respiratory aid for colds and coughs.
vii) the Vitamin C and B's in Chickweed can help boost body resistance
viii) wild or caged birds love and eat the seeds as well as the young tops and leaves. Pigs cows, rabbits and horses will also eat it.
Externally as mentioned, it is good for skin diseases, as its astringent (causing the contraction of body tissues) properties, aid in healing as well as symptom relief, either the the tea or fresh, added to the bath is good for soothing skin irritations and rashes.
The plant chopped and boiled in lard makes, a fine green cooling ointment and as a simple tea either fresh or dried.
When it comes to the salad bowls, just scissor a handful in, pick it fresh and eat it, make it a part of your research, and see for yourself, what herbalists have to say about this plant, as it makes a comeback into households. Read up on the benefits to pets and people, and as always make sure you know what plants you are picking, how to take them to best work for the issue you are trying to find additional all natural assistance with, and any precautionary warnings available.
Again please do your own research, and ALWAYS ensure if you are going to forage your own herbs, you know what you are doing and you are 100% accurate with what you find. If you do find what you are looking for, take a photo and have an expert ID, anything you find interest in, if you are not experienced.
Take an hour, research and find out your own benefits of this amazing god given power herb. Always remember that many things work for some, but there are always a few that these medicinal tips may not work for, but it certainly worth the try and the research. As much as I love sharing natural health, the sad part about sharing historical remedies from our old gold elders, is the greedy go after it, find it, market it for sale for too much money, and worse most is not all natural.
If you are going to buy pre-made herbal formulas, find recommendations for good labels.
Again, just sharing another one of my natural discoveries, as we rediscover our plants that were created for better health.
As always, soulspirationally - Vicky