AKA: Common chickweeds, Star Chickweed, Mouse-ear Chickweed, Stellaria media, Stellaria pubera
Description: Chickweed is a small herbal plant that can be found growing in throughout the temperate and arctic zones the world over. It is a succulent plant with white flowers and green leaves that kind of look like mouse ears. Chickweed plants are also known for sleeping at night, folding in their tender buds and new shoots. All varieties of the plant are edible with a taste somewhat akin to spinach. They are used as a side dish, added to salads and oftentimes cooked in stews and roasts. The chickweed is also used as a dried herb that displays many medicinal values.
Chickweed is full of many beneficial vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Many herbalists like to use the dried plant as a form of green tea that can help relieve internal pain and even staunch stomach and bowel bleeding. When taking internally, it also serves as a good tonic for the circulatory system, helping pull toxins out of the blood and dissolve plaque in the blood vessels. It is also believed to have a overall cleansing affect on the body which in turn helps boost the immunesystem and increases energy.
Chickweed tea is also said to be effective at helping to dissolve fatty tumors, removing them from the body. With fat in general, Chickweed is said to be very effective as both a fat burner and an appetite suppressant. It has become a popular addition to much herbal based fat burning supplement.
Chickweed can also be used as an ointment, and once applied, it helps relieve pain, bring down swelling and encourage the healing process. It is a properly addition to poultices for torn ligaments, working especially well with aloe juice, which helps it penetrate the skin and reach the damage areas bringing relief from pain.
To make Chickweed tea:
Dry chickweed is available at many health food stores, but you can also used fresh chickweed if you find some growing around your yard (which is very possible). Seep one tablespoon of dry chickweed or two tablespoons of fresh chickweed in boiling water for ten minutes. Drink ½ cup right away and save the rest for a later on the day. Two to four small cups of this tea a day can help cleanse the body, shed fad and boost immunity.