Chickweed herb or (Stellaria media) is a native plant to Europe. It flourishes best at cool climates and is often eaten by chickens, thereby it’s nickname chickweed.The plant germinates in fall with green leaf foilage and small white flowers containing seed pods.
Chickweed is widespread in North America and Europe. There are several closely related plants referred to as chickweed, but which lack the culinary properties of plants in the genus Stellaria. Stellaria media can be easily distinguished from similar looking plants of the Cerastium family by examining the stems. Stellaria has fine hairs on only one side of the stem in a single band. Other plants which resemble Stellaria have hairs uniformly covering the entire stem.
Chickweed herb is delicious, edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads.
Medicinal Properties include: Alterative, demulcent, refrigerant, mucilaginous, pectoral, resolvent, discutient.
Common Medicinal Uses: It has been used as a remedy to treat itchy skin conditions and pulmonary diseases. Today’s herbalists mainly prescribe it for skin diseases, bronchitis, rheumatic pains, arthritis, pleurisy, coughs, colds, hoarsness and inflammation. A poultice of chickweed can be applied to cuts, burns and bruises, boils, scalds, sore eyes, erysipelas, tumors, piles, ulcerated throat or mouth.
Also known as: Stellaria media, mouse-ear, caches, maruns, starwort, satin flower, adder’s mouth, Indian chickweed, star chickweed, tongue grass, alsine, chick wittles, stitchwort, winter weed, starweed.