|Chickweed (Stellaria media)|
Externally applied it is good for boils, mosquito and insect bites, itchy rashes, scalp conditions, eczema and psoriasis, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and skin ulcers. Internally used for stomach ulcers, colds and coughs, sore throat, nasal congestion, rheumatism and bronchitis.
Even though it grows from summer to winter. I find it best to harvest in the spring. Using it to make teas infusions and tinctures. However, it can be harvested all year long. Next time you’re at your local heath food store most likely you can find it in capsule form.
Here are some ways I use chickweed. . .
Tea ~ 1 cup boiling water poured over 2 t. of dried or 4 t. fresh herb. Let steep 5 minuets.
Infusion ~ To be used as a skin wash or bath additive to soothe inflamed or itchy skin.
A Cool Drink ~ Cures your thirst and relieves skin irritations and helps with rheumatism. Combine 2 cups pineapple juice with a handful of fresh herb in blender, strain. Pour over ice.
The voluntary properties of the herb are also most useful in treating wounds. It also has cell-proliferating properties, useful in speeding-up the healing process.
***There are no serious side effects. Taken properly it is generally safe. Used in excess can cause diarrhea and vomiting.