Parts Used - In the West the leaves and stem are used. The Chinese also use the root.
Herbalists recommend Chickweed for both internal & external inflammations.
It is thought to be helpful for relieving urinary tract inflammation and cystitis.
As a cream it can be applied to skin irritations, including eczema, insect bites, burns and scalds.
Taken internally it is recommended by herbalists to relieve coughs and colds by reducing mucus build-up in the lungs.
Herbalists also use it as a poultice for drawing boils, abscesses and ulcers.
The plant is edible and can be added to salad or cooked.
How Chickweed Works
Although there is little scientific evidence that Chickweed is beneficial, it has long been prescribed by herbalists as a tonic and a variety of ailments. It is high in Vitamin C and also contains other nutrients including Vitamin A, some B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Side Effects None known at this time.
Safety Issues Chickweed should not be taken during pregnancy.
The History of Chickweed This common weed, sometimes called Starweed, can be found in almost every garden in all corners of the world. It is a low growing annual plant with tiny star-shaped white flowers.
Traditionally Chickweed was harvested as a vegetable.
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