A low-growing, soft plant that grows as
a common weed. Can be used as a vegetable
or as a salad green. The whole plant is
used to treat cuts, and also to relieve
itching caused by eczema and psoriasis.
Chickweed is also reputed to be good for
Functions / Benefits
Treats cuts, relieves itching caused by
eczema and psoriasis (a skin disease with
red scaly patches). Rich in vitamin
C. Cooling. Demulcent (forms
a soothing film over a mucous membrane,
relieving minor pain and inflammation
of the membrane). Mild alterative (Alterative
= corrects disordered bodily function).
B vitamins (B1/Thiamin,
C (ascorbic acid)
Bio-flavonoids (including glycoside rutin)
GLA/Gamma-linoleic Acid (omega-6 essential
Boils, varicose ulcers, varicose veins,
inflamed joints, eczema, contact dermatitis,
rashes, nappy rash, minor skin wounds.
Method and dose
Part used: leaf
External: Works particularly
well as a lotion, ointment, and compress.
To use as an all over body bath, tie chickweed
in a cheesecoth and place it in the bath.
Internal: Taken internally,
it helps soothe inflammation in the urinary
system (eg. mild bladder infections, gastric
and peptic ulcers). It also a good blood
purifier by carrying away toxins. Internal
use may also help to treat bronchitis,
arthritis, and cold symptoms. You can
take it like a salad, or tea.
Pour freshly boiled water on 2-3 teaspoons
of fresh chickweed in a coffee mug. Steep
for 10 minutes.
Note: It doesn't dry
well, and will lose a lot of its therapeutic
value when dried. Best taken/used fresh
or made into a decoction.