Chickweed is one of the classic healers of the herbal kingdom.
Chickweed is cooling and is rich in copper and iron, making it an excellent heat-reducing blood tonic.
Wounds & Rashes - Chickweed is used externally for many skin discomfort, so is helpful for itchy skin & healing, adolescent acne, bruises, cuts, wounds, sores, warts, carbuncles, ulcers, boils, itchy skin, rashes, burns, haemorrhoids and abscesses etc.
It is also soothing to the overheated digestive system & can help to heal ulcers and internal inflammations.
Chickweed also has a reputation as a “joint-oiler” remedy for rheumatism & arthritis, with it's anti-inflammatory and pain relieving benefits.
Chickweed can be used internally as a tincture, or externally in the bath or as a poultice to relieve inflammatory joint pain & heal and restore elasticity and strength to tendons and ligaments.
Eyes - The discomfort of
redness, irritation, dryness, styes, and conjunctivitis can
be soothed with chickweed. For best effect, mash up the fresh plant and
apply the juicy pulp to a closed eye. After 10-20 minutes, or when the
poultice becomes warm, remove the poultice and apply a fresh poultice of
chickweed. For best results, this can be repeated multiple times and
over the course of several days.
Lymphatic System - Chickweed gently moves the lymph.
Think of Chickweed when there are swollen lymph glands or when there is
swelling and edema, indicating a stagnant interstitial fluid or
Chickweed is also famously used for benign cysts. It can be used topically and frequently for common types of cysts, including ganglion cysts. Susun Weed recommends it internally for women with ovarian cysts.
Coughs - Chickweed can be used as a tincture or tea to restore moisture and bring cooling relief to the lungs. Chickweed
is also a mild expectorant and can help move mucus stuck in the lungs.
Urinary tract - Chickweed is a mild diuretic that helps to relieve signs of heat in the urinary system, such as frequent and painful urination. While not generally used as a simple for UTIs, it can be combined with other herbs such as Bearberry and Yarrow to help with the irritation of bacterial infections in the urinary tract.
Weight loss - Both Matthew Wood and Susun Weed remark on chickweed’s ability to reduce fat and aid weight loss. Susun points to the high saponin content as the mechanism, while Wood looks to its effects on metabolism and endocrine function.
“Chickweed not only subdues heat and lubricates dry conditions, but also regulates water levels and drives off excess dampness and fats. These actions show that it stimulates both sides of the metabolism, building and breaking down, not only through the liver but also through the endocrine system. Thus, it is used to lose weight, not just short-term water weight, but long-term deposits of fats."
Nutritional tonic - Chickweed is high in many nutrients, including calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous,
magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. This nutritious and ubiquitous
plant is recommended as a delicious wild edible and can be especially
beneficial for those in recovery from illness or other nutrient
Fevers - Chickweed can calm an excited fever. It’s not
indicated when someone has a fever and also feels cold; instead, it is
used when someone has a fever and feels hot and restless.
Tinctures are a liquid extract made by steeping fresh organic herbs in alcohol. Tinctures are the most concentrated form of herbal medicine and if taking internally (consult a herbalist) are best taken under the tongue where they directly enter the blood stream. They are very strong and may be taken diluted in water, juice or tea.
Dilute in water to the ratio of 2.5 ml of tincture to 1/2 cup of water.
Ingredients: organically grown Chickweed leaves, steeped in Kerikeri-made pure alcohol & vegetable glycerin.