Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Other names: Starweed, star chickweed, Alsine media, augentrosgräs (German)

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chickweed

Diagram courtesy of C. A. M. Lindman / Wikimedia Commons

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Actions:

Refrigerant, specific affinity to the urinary tract tissues, alterative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, nutritive, pectoral (helps chest complaints), vulnerary, antimicrobial, demulcent/mucilage, febrifuge, analgesic, antipruritic.

Harvest: Optimal harvest is between May and July, but it can be taken any time.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Constituents:

Triterpenoid saponins, phytosteroids, anthraquinones, flavonoids, tannins and proanthocyanidins (in the seeds only.)

Indications:

Used for abscesses, burns (it cools as it heals), cuts and other wounds, yeast infections, hemorrhoids, acne, eye infections, allergies, dry eyes, urinary tract infections, bladder infections, respiratory infections, congestion, irritated lungs, dry cough, nutritional deficiency (especially Vitamin C) and sore throat. It is also used occasionally to encourage weight loss by gently curbing the appetite.

Medicinal preparations:

Internal

Taken internally (a tea infusion is the most common internal preparation, although capsules, syrups, elixirs and tinctures could be made with chickweed as well), this herb is fantastic for any infection or irritation of the genitourinary system or respiratory system.

chickweed

Photo courtesy of Rasbak / Wikimedia Commons

If you’re dealing with a “wet” cough and a lot of mucous, combine chickweed with an expectorant to remove phlegm as chickweed on its own will not do this.

External

Chickweed makes a fantastic wash (for face, wounds, skin conditions and eyes), salve, poultice and even a vaginal douche. You can make suppositories as well, for hemorrhoids.

Contraindications:

Do not use while pregnant or nursing. Chickweed can, in extreme excess, cause diarrhea and vomiting (due to saponin poisoning). This is only upon consuming a huge amount of the herb.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns. 

Energetic/traditional use:

chickweed

Photo courtesy of Rasbak / Wikimedia Commons

Chickweed is associated with balance and unity, coming together to work harmoniously. It also has been considered a herb of fidelity and love magick – carried by those who want to find new lovers, and hung around the house by those who wish to maintain their current relationships.  This applies both to romantic connections and friendships – the key is togetherness.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.

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