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WEEDS FOR WELLNESS – CHICKWEED

I am grateful to Mother Earth for sharing so many treasures with us. This time of the year provides great opportunities to show our appreciation and support for the Earth. Despite the relentless abuse and exploitation, we continue to be blessed with her beauty and abundance. The big question is, for how much longer though if humankind refuses to change course.

Chickweed with its little white flowers is one of my favourite herbs in the summer. It is a staple in our daily diet. The grand kids enjoy picking and eating it straight, we add it to salads, green smoothies, the Jungle Juice, scrambled eggs and whenever we feel like some fresh greens.

The fresh leaves can be used as a poultice for inflammations, ulcers, abscesses. The poultice has an anti-itching effect.

Enjoy and happy herballing this summer.

CHICKWEED – Stellariia media – Caryophylaceae

PARTS USED
Whole plant (aerial parts)

TIME OF HARVEST
All year round; preferably younger plants

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
High in Vitamin C & A, minerals

THERAPEUTICS
Primarily used EXTERNALLY
Itchy, irritated skin (i.e. chickenpox, eczema)
Wounds (cuts, abrasions)
Soothing to eyes (red or swollen eyes)

INTERNALLY
Conditions of respiratory system incl. coughs, colds etc.
Soothing and cleansing to entire system

PREPARATIONS
Infusion (internal/external application)
Juice – Ointments/salves – Food

ACTIONS
Vulnerary – Emollient – Anti-rheumatic

GENERAL
Very mild herb – Great as food – Can be eaten in large quantities

As always, green blessings,|

Gudrun

 

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