A soothing, cooling, slightly saline herb that relieves itching, promotes healing, andhas alterative, anti-rheumatic effects.
Excess causes diarrhea & vomiting.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Internally – Rheumatism & chest infections, aid for digestionExternally – Itching skin conditions, eczema, psoriasis, vaginitis, urticaria, ulcers, boils, abscesses,Combines well with:
Often blended with Althaea officinalis or Ulmus rubra in anti-pruritic prescriptions.
Sprigs are added to salads and cooked as a vegetable.
Liquidized with other herbs & vegetables as a tonic juice.
It combines well with parsley to make a dip.
Add to soups & stews in the last minutes of cooking.
The Tswana people gather young chickweed shoots & add potatoes & onions tomake a type of spinach dish. It is believed to give them strong blood.
Has antiseptic qualities and can be made into a mild lotion & dabbed onto spotty& problem skins.
It is an excellent slimming herb – a standard brew taken once or twice a week.
Add to compost – it is rich in nitrogen.
The leaves are readily infused in oil as a simple remedy for dry, itchy skin;Culpeper’s recommendation was to “Boil a handful of Chickweed, and a handfulof red rose leaves (petals) dried, in a quart of muscadine, until a fourth part beconsumed; then put to them a pint of oil of trotters of sheep’s feet; let them boil agood while, still stirring them well; which being strained, anoint the grieved placewherewith, warm against the fire, rubbing it well with one hand” (The EnglishPhysician Enlarged, 1653).
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