I just had my first taste of the spring herb, Chickweed. It is so delicious and vital.
It tastes so alive. Chickweed is very precious and dainty, but is a wonderful medicine for a number of things.. This herb is considered a Nutritive herb, because it is filled with vitamins and minerals, calcium, potassium, and iron. Chickweed is also a mild and safe diuretic, and can help with cystitis and the urinary tract. It can be combined with other herbs like dandelion leaf, lemon balm, and nettle to make a wonderful healing tea.
The properties of Chickweed is demulcent and emollient. It can be used for inflammation and skin irritations, and is soothing to internal mucous membranes . It is a cooling herb that can be used on hot conditions.
Chickweed can be found growing in your yard, between a sidewalk crack and any roadside area. The leaves are green with tiny white flowers and can be added to your salad or smoothie.. Finely chopped, the greens can be added to your pet’s food. It is very good for your pet and especially good for the kidneys.
This is a delicate plant and fresh is best. It is not great as a dried herb. It is best to tincture it fresh for future use. You can also juice it for best benefits. Since chickweed is good for cooling, and soothing hot conditions it would be good for itchy dry conditions and would soothe and cool mild burns and skin irritations. Chickweed poultices are also good for itch dry conditions.
Pick some rinse it and add to your food or your pet’s food, it is truly nature’s vitamin. Enjoy.