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Chickweed – (Stellaria media)


Chickweed is a favorite to feed caged birds. With its bright green leaves and stems topped with tiny star-shaped flowers, it grows in semi-shady areas in large patches. It is a cooling and soothing plant that is very brittle when picked. It is also known as starwort and starweed.


Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Chickweed can help purify the blood and detoxify the body. It will help dissolve the plaque that builds up in blood vessels. It is useful for weight loss and can decrease the appetite. It can be used for rheumatism and chest infections. It is used homeopathically for joint inflammation.

Externally – Chickweed begins healing on contact. It can be added to poultices, salves and ointments to decrease pain and reduce swelling. Herbal tea can be applied as a wash to cure acne, or added to a bath to help heal burns, rashes, boils and sores. It is a good remedy for itching and can also be used for eczema, acne, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, ulcers, vaginitis, inflammation, abscesses, and allergies as it speeds up the healing process. It may be a good externally applied herbal remedy for the itching of chicken pox.

Other Uses – Chickweed can be eaten as a vegetable or used to make green drinks. It is very nutritious. Add to salads or sandwiches for a crunchy sweet flavor. It can also be juiced with apples and carrots.

Herbs to Combine/Supplement

Mix chickweed with aloe vera to reduce swelling and pain. Combine with hawthorne berries, fennel seed, papaya, mandrake, black walnut, licorice, gotu kola, Echinacea, safflowers and dandelion to make a cleansing formula. For a soothing and healing skin ointment, combine with comfrey, calendula and plantain. Thicken with enough beeswax to make a soft solid. Apply as needed to cuts, scrapes, bites, stings and other skin troubles.

Parts Used

Whole plant minus roots – The entire above ground portion of the plants is used medicinally.


Chickweed is a safe herb for all ages with no known contraindications or drug interactions.

Preparation and Dosage

To make a medicinal Chickweed herbal tea, add 1 tablespoon of dried herb or 2 tablespoons of fresh herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Take the tea in ½ cup doses 2 to 4 times per day during a cold or flu. Ointment or cream can be applied as needed several times per day for rashes and inflammation. For a tincture, take 1 to 5 ml up to 3 times per day.

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