Spring is right around the corner and here in the Pacific NW a little herb named Chickweed is just beginning to show its presence. If you are in the city - look around city tree wells - it is most likely Chickweed that is growing up around it.
Chickweed is a little known herb which has a wide variety of medicinal and wellness uses. It is an edible plant which can be used as a table vegetable and also to create teas, or “green drinks”. It is quite high in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium as well. Also great fresh in spring rolls.
Chickweed is a contact healing herb that relieves pain in addition to stimulating healing as soon as it’s applied. It can be used for both internal and external healing and has even been used throughout history to stop bleeding in the stomach and bowels.
It is also an excellent addition to ointments, poultices and salves. It not only decreases pain, but also helps to reduce swelling such as with torn ligaments. It is especially useful for this when mixed with pure aloe vera juice which helps penetrate all three layers of the skin. This in turn allows the chickweed to reach the underlying damaged areas and begin removing the pain and starting the healing process.
Chickweed in tea form is excellent for use as an acne wash, and it can even be added to a bath to help with sores, rashes, boils and burns.
This herb is also excellent for blood vessels and your circulatory system. Taken internally it helps purify the blood and carry out toxins, and is even been known to help with blood poisoning. It also dissolves plaque in blood vessels, as well as dissolving fatty tumors and substances then removing them from the body.