Scientific Name: Stellaria media - Caryophyllaceae Family
AKA: Passerina, Adder's mouth, Stellaire (French), Indian Chickweed, star Chickweed, starwort, starweed, Augentrosgräs (German), satin flower, stitchwort, tongue grass, winterweed, Alsine media (Linnaeus)
Parts Used: Chickweed Herb
Active Compounds: High concentrations of flavonoids and vitamins are likely responsible for the beneficial effects. Contains vitamin C, flavonoids, triterpenoid saponins, carboxylic acids, and coumarins.
Background: Chickweed grows abundantly wherever the white man has traveled, and can be found world-wide in fields, landfills, roadbeds and gardens. It has been used as a folk remedy for respiratory ills, skin infections and disorders of the digestive tract, and is claimed to heal whatever it touches. Asian herbalists have treated nosebleeds with Chickweed. Historically it has been advocated for rheumatism, yet clinical support for this application is lacking. New leaf growth and seeds of the plant are a favorite of young chicks and birds, suggested by the name "Chickweed."
Salve: Sooths and heals painful, inflamed sores.
Resolvent: Chickweed reduces inflammation.
Tonic: Chickweed restores health.
Refrigerant: Chickweed reduces fever.
Pectoral: Chickweed relieves disorders of the chest and respiratory system.
Other Uses: Chickweed can aid in treating insect bites and stings, eczema, pneumonia, impetigo, skin burns and ulcerated sores, hemorrhoids, tumors, cancer, infections of the eye, wounds of all types
Chickweed is a ground-creeping biennial or annual weed with succulent opposing leaves measuring ½ inch in length. The white, star-shaped flowers bloom from early spring to late fall, and their petals close up in dark, inclement weather. The young leaves have the flavor of spinach and can be used in salads.
Tincture: Take 1 to 5 milliliters daily.
Cream: Chickweed may be used freely in topical applications to relieve itchy, inflamed skin.
No known side effects
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