CHICKWEED (Stellaria media) Leaf
About this Herb
Chickweed is native to Europe and evidence of its use has been found in pre-neolithic dig sites here in Britain. It has been naturalised throughout much of the world, including North America, where it was extensively used by Native Americans for the treatment of respiratory disorders, colds, coughs, flu, sore throats and as an effective wound healer.
In European traditional medicine Chickweed was used for a wide spectrum of conditions including, bronchitis, asthma and indigestion. This pretty flowering plant was (and still is) used as a tasty, nutritious salad leaf, a pot herb and in soups and stews. High in vitamin C, sailors used Chickweed vinegar to prevent scurvy when fresh citrus was unavailable.
Chickweed contains saponins, plant compounds that can alleviate inflamed mucous membranes and facilitate the breakup of secretions from the membranes. It acts as a demulcent and expectorant, helping to clear mucous and ease congestion in the lungs.
Also high in many nutrients, including vitamin C and antioxidants, Chickweed helps to relieve inflammation in the nose, sinuses and respiratory tract whilst helping to eliminate the underlying cause of infection.
Healthy Weight Loss
A natural appetite suppressant, the saponins in Chickweed have been found to emulsify fat cells and flush them from the body. This versatile herb also supports healthy thyroid function which is essential in the smooth running of the body’s metabolism. It contains natural lecithin which specifically aids in fat metabolism.
The aforementioned saponins present in Chickweed increase the permeability of mucous membranes, increasing the absorption of nutrients whilst soothing the digestive tract. It functions both as a mild laxative and a diuretic, helping the body to rid itself of toxins through the kidneys and the bowels.
Chickweed also balances the beneficial bacteria in the gut, providing the optimum environment for healthy digestion.
Chickweed is known as a skin rejuvenator in the world of contemporary herbalism. It has a cooling and drying effect on wounds, bites and minor burns. As an astringent, Chickweed can be used draw out splinters and help to heal the wound left behind.
With anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, infusions of Chickweed can be used to treat a number of skin complaints including; boils, sores, rashes, wounds, eczema and psoriasis. It will also relieve the itching and inflammation that accompanies many of these conditions.
Used a host of conditions such as gout, rheumatism, constipation and respiratory disorders, including tuberculosis. Chickweed contains significant levels of vitamins A, B and C, and was once used in the prevention of scurvy.
How to use:
Boil a cupful of hot water in a saucepan. Once boiled, pour hot water into the cup containing fresh chickweed herbs. Let the mixture steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Best to strain out the chickweed herb while the tea is still hot.
Chickweed contains; ascorbic-acid, beta-carotene, calcium, coumarins, genistein, gamma-linolenic-acid, flavonoids, hentriacontanol, magnesium, niacin, oleic-acid, potassium, riboflavin, rutin, selenium, triterpenoid saponins, thiamin and zinc.
CHICK WEED (Stellaria media) Leaf C/s
These ingredients have been tested and carefully selected by a certified herbalist.
All tonics, loose teas, herbal leaves, and powders should be refrigerated after seal is broken for longest potency and freshness of herbs. Herbal compounds such as tinctures and capsules doesn’t need to be refrigerated and should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct light. These methods will guarantee the longest potency and freshness. All herbal compounds will have expiration dates on the item packages effective immediately. If Stored correctly these herbal compounds will last far longer than the recommended expiration date.