Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a very common weed seen in gardens all over the world. Believed to have originated in Europe, it is now a common sight in many other parts of the world including North America and Asia. Chickweed has many culinary and folk remedy uses that date back centuries. Chickweed contains many plant compounds — including phytosterols, tocopherols, triterpene saponins, flavonids, and vitamin C — that may be responsible for its benefits.
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The herb is a rich source of vitamins including vitamins C and D and the B family of vitamins including vitamin B12. Chickweed has a number of medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antirheumatic, demulcent, refrigerant, expectorant and antiscorbutic actions. When applied externally, it has emollient, vulnerary and antipruritic actions. It can also be applied to burns and grazes because its soothing anti-inflammatory properties help relieve irritation, itching and swelling. CHECK OUT OUR CHICKWEED SALVE!!!!!! CHECK OUT OUR CHICKWEED OIL go under collections for salves and oils under oils go to HERBAL INFUSED OILS.
Because of its ability to help detox the system, it may also help rid the body of toxins and purify the blood helping the skin look and feel much healthier. he one area in which chickweed has been studied is in the treatment of obesity. It has saponin, a plant-based compound that creates a soap-like foam when mixed with water, is believed to be responsible for this effect. Some believe that it has emollient properties and can effectively "trap" circulating fat, including cholesterol.
Chickweed can also help soothe the entire digestive tract while helping to nourish the lymphatic and glandular systems. This means the herb is useful for people with thyroid troubles, swollen glands or cysts. Chickweed can also be applied externally to the skin as part of a poultice, a salve or an oil to help relieve itching, treat wounds, abscesses, ulcers or pimples.
A natural diuretic can help the body to expel toxins by promoting the production of urine and increasing the frequency and volume of urination. Chickweed contains coumarin – a compund currently being researched for its potential to treat both asthma and lymphatic obstruction or lymphedema. The lymph system plays a crucial role in immune health.
It helps to soothe the bronchial passages and helps you to expel phlegm and mucus. It is believed to be effective because of its high saponin content.
If you choose to wildharvest your chickweed make sure they have not been exposed to pesticides, lawn fertilizers, or other harmful chemicals. There are no guidelines for the appropriate use of chickweed. The appropriate dose of chickweed depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chickweed. Chickweed ointments are often sold as anti-itch creams and can be applied to the skin several times daily.
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