Benefits Of Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb For Health

Benefits Of Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb For Health


Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb


Chickweed (Stellaria Media) is known as other names: Alsine media, Capiqui, Fleur en Satin, Herbe de Langue, Hierba Gallinera, Morgeline, Mouron des Oiseaux, Pamplina, Common Chickweeds, Star Chickweed, Starweed, Stellaire Intermédiaire, Stellaire Moyenne, Stellaria media, Indian Chickweed, Satinflower, Scarweed, Stitchwort, Tongue Grass...

Chickweed grows in a unique, intertwined manner, and it has small white star-shaped flowers hence its Latin name, Stellaria media. Stems have a thin line of white hair that grows in a weave-like pattern. Chickweed flowers are small, white, and are produced at the tips of stems and in angles between branches. The white petals are shorter than the 3-4mm long green sepals; each of the 5 petals is 2-lobed so the flower may appear to have 10 tiny petals.

Benefits Of Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb For Health
Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb Picture

Habitat  Chickweeds are an annual herb, widespread in temperate zones, arctic zones, and throughout, probable origin Eurasia. Chickweeds have established themselves all over the world, possibly carried on the clothes and shoes of explorers. They are as numerous in species as they are in region. They all exhibit a very interesting trait, (they sleep) termed the ’Sleep of Plants,’ every night the leaves fold over the tender buds and the new shoots.

Chickweed is an annual wild edible that grows in many locations and as hardy as it is, chickweed is quite delicate. This is an easy-to-grow plant that’s healthy to eat and it produces flowers throughout the growing season even in hot, dry conditions. Chickweed is multi-functional because its presence decreases insect damage to other plants. This plant has a lot of health benefits and is full of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

Chickweed is also used to relieve constipation, an infusion of the dried herb is used in coughs and hoarseness, and is beneficial in the treatment of kidney complaints. as an astringent, carminative, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, refrigerant, vulnerary. A decoction of the whole plant is taken internally as a post-partum depurative, emmenagogue, galactogogue and circulatory tonic. Chickweed is also used to relieve constipation, an infusion of the dried herb is used in coughs and hoarseness, and is beneficial in the treatment of kidney complaints. New research indicates Chickweed's use as an effective antihistamine. The decoction is also used externally to treat rheumatic pains, wounds and ulcers. Chickweed can be applied as a medicinal poultice and will relieve any kind of roseola and is effective wherever there are fragile superficial veins or itching skin conditions.



Benefits Of Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb For Health


Used as an herbal ointment or poultice, or in the form of a cream or even straight as herbal juice, the chickweed herb is generally used in the treatment of external disorders such as skin irritations - in any form, the herb is mainly used as a topical remedy. When all other herbal remedies have failed such as during extreme itchiness in the skin, the remedies made from the chickweed can easily help in soothing and alleviating the affected skin.

External disorders such as eczema, problems like varicose veins, and disorders such as nettle rash - called urticaria are treated using the herbal remedies made from the chickweed. In cases of inflammation affected the body, patients can benefit by washing themselves or taking baths using bathwater fortified with chickweed herbal infusion made from the fresh or the dried plant. In these cases, the chickweeds emollient properties and strong anti-inflammatory effects will lead to improvements.

Combined with Elecampane, Chickweed has also been recommended as a specific for hydrophobia, and the juice, taken internally, for scurvy. A decoction made with the fresh plant is good for constipation, and an infusion of the dried herb is efficacious in coughs and hoarseness.

Chickweed chopped and boiled in lard makes a fine green cooling ointment, good for piles and sores, and cutaneous diseases. Chickweed has also been employed as an application for ophthalmia.

Such treatments are particularly beneficial to beat back problems such as rheumatic joints; the treatment with the infusion will also promote the repair of tissues and increase regeneration of tissues in the body. Many types of chest ailments can also be treated by consuming concoctions made from the chickweed herb. Digestion is also aided by taking remedies made from the chickweed especially when this is done in small quantities or at minimal doses over a long period of time.

Benefits Of Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb For Health
Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb Picture

As a detoxification agent and a blood purifying herb, the remedies made from the chickweed plant are equal to other herbs such as the root of the burdock in its blood cleansing abilities. In all emergency situations, especially when the possibility or the threat of any type of blood poisoning or tetanus exist due to the presence of a chemical dye or from dirt entering the bloodstream - the following procedures must be followed. To draw out as much of the poison as possible from the affected area, prepare an herbal poultice and apply this directly on to the affected area of the body for fast detoxification.

Chickweed can also be very successful in problems such as carbuncles, various types of external boils, all types of venereal diseases, in the treatment of herpes sores, to treat swelling in the testicles and the inflamed breasts of affected women.

The young chickweed leaves when boiled can hardly be distinguished from spring spinach, and are equally wholesome. They may also be used uncooked with young Dandelion leaves to form a salad.

Chickweed (Stellaria Media) Herb Special Precautions & Warnings:


Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chickweed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.