Chickweed is a low growing herbaceous plant, that is native to Europe. In the right cool and moist conditions, it can form a thick mat along the ground. It has tiny white flowers that bloom throughout the growing season. Each flower has five sepals and five petals.The leaves are oval-shaped and grow on opposite sides of the stem. There is a row of tiny hairs that grows along the stem. At each leaf node, the hairs shift along a different part of the stem. The plant is easy to pull out of the ground due to its thin and shallow root system. Chickweed reseeds easily. In on European Folklore and Herbalism, Chickweed was used as a gentle laxative and for soothing the digestive tract. Externally, poultices that use Chickweed were used for reducing inflammation and treating anything that itches.
History and Folklore:
In European folklore, Chickweed was used to promote fidelity, attract love, and maintain relationships. It is full of vitamins and has as much iron as spinach. Chickweed is often referenced as magic, they say it was used to promote fidelity, attract love, and maintain relationships. A sprig of chickweed carried was used to draw the attention of a loved one or ensure the fidelity of one’s mate.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the areal parts of the plant before it goes to seed, at which point it becomes a bit tough. Regular harvesting and thinning allows for strong regrowth in an area.
Do not use while pregnant or nursing.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Diuretic, Expectorant, Vulnerary, Alterative, Demulcent, Galactagogue
Chickenwort, Starwort, Indian chickweed, Stitchwort, White Bird’s Eye, Chick Wittles, Satin Flower, Adder’s Mouth, Mouse Ear, Starweed, Passerina, Tongue Grass, Winter Weed
Tincture Ingredients: Chickweed (Stellaria media)
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