Chickweed is a plant commonly found throughout America and Europe. It has white star-shaped flowers throughout the year. They are known as winterweed, starweed.
Used for traditional/ethnobotanical uses –
- Blood disorders
- Rheumatic pains.
It has been consumed for medicinal properties and is used for constipation, ulcers, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, obesity, lung diseases, vitamin C deficiency and rabies.
Some of them take orally to cure skin related ailments such as ulcers, boils etc. It’s also eaten in salads.
Few benefits of chickweed –
- Helps in digestion.
- Reducing weight loss.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Fight germs and promote wound healing.
- Relieving Joint Pains.
- Increasing Healing Process.
- In the treatment of respiratory problems.
- In Treating Skin Conditions.
Downside and side effects –
Consuming excessive amounts of chickweed can cause –
- Upset stomach
- Upset stomach due to compounds like saponins.
- Strictly No for Mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Talk with your medical practitioners regarding the dosage of the chickweed as there is no clinical evidence for correct dosage.
- Apply the whole chickweed plant on the skin to avoid inflammation.
- Consume as hot tea providing calming and soothing effects.
- Make an infused oil and use in your bath.
- Eat raw leaves which can be used in soups, pizzas and pasta.
- Used in dips such as pestos or hummus.
- Essential oils are used for topical reasons not for consumption.
Chickweed is a common plant which has been used for medicinal properties. Animal and test tube studies suggest that there may be many applications in disease protection and obesity prevention. However, it should not be used without prior permission from the healthcare provider.