Chickweed (stellaria media) is a small, spreading plant that helps heal eczema and other skin problems -- even stubborn boils and abscesses. Chickweed is also used to treat insect bites, stings, burns, rheumatic conditions, urinary infections, indigestion, constipation, and wounds. It does all this and more with no known side effects. Chickweed, also known as Star Lady and Mouse Ear, has leaves that are round and fleshy. Chickweed flowers are star-shaped.
Bag of dried chickweed
2019 was a great year for chickweed in our area so we are able to offer it at this amazing price. Chickweed (stellaria media) -- each bag contains approximately 1/3 ounce or more of dried chickweed depending on drying time. This chickweed is harvested on Payne Mountain Farm in the North Georgia Mountains. All of our herbs are hand-selected and held to the highest standards. They have never been sprayed or chemically treated in any way.'
We also sell chickweed seeds.
Free range chickens will seek out chickweed if given the opportunity. Chickweed is good for chickens and for humans.
Fresh chickweed makes a cooling poultice for boils, skin problems like abscesses, splinters, and infected sores. As the poultice dries, it pulls out poisons and toxins. Chickweed has astringent properties and is a good remedy for many skin conditions when added to creams and ointments. Use on wounds, irritated skin, rash, acne, eczema, bedsores, and painful joints as needed.
Great for use in facials, Margie Hare shows us how to make infused chickweed oil in the following video:
Chickweed may be taken in tea form or added to green drinks. Chickweed is a great tonic for cleansing the lymphatic and urinary systems. It has diuretic properties and is useful when dieting or treating obesity. The tea also makes a good remedy for stubborn urinary tract infections -- drink several cups daily for a couple of weeks.
Chickweed is soothing and helps ease joint pain. Drink the tea and use the plants in compresses. Chickweed helps the body heal itself.
Chickweed is a nourishing plant that tastes a little like spinach. To prepare chickweed as a vegetable, pick the tender plants (with flowers and seed pods) and soak in strongly salted water for one or two hours. Drain, wash, and cook in a small amount of simmering water for ten to fifteen minutes. Drain and press out the water. Cook again with a little butter or olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Chickweed is also eaten raw in salads. Remember that old chickweed is mostly stalk and not nearly as appetizing as the tender new plants. Gather fresh chickweed in early springtime for best flavor and texture.
On of my favorite things in the spring is a fresh herb salad. I gather a handful of tender chickweed, purple violets, dandelion flowers, mint leaves, parsley, oregano, and anything else edible that I spot growing in our yard, garden, and herb beds. Toss with a store bought tomato, some chopped onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I add in nuts, cheese, and fresh fruits like strawberries or olives and hot peppers. This is a delicious way to get herbs into the body. After eating herb salad for two or three days, I feel energized and healthy. It is amazing what spring herbs can do for the body and mind.
All parts of the chickweed plant contain high levels of flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients help fight free radicals that cause disease and chronic conditions.
Chickweed is native to Europe, but is now found growing all across the United States. In Union County, it is especially abundant around old home places and farm yards. Chickweed is usually considered a common weed. The eight inch tall, trailing plant grows all year long in North Georgia and can become a pest in the garden. Of course around here it doesn't get a chance to become a problem. We eat it and so do our chickens.
They have five petals that are notched so deeply that they appear to be ten. Under a magnifying glass, the stems have a line of fine hairs that run up the stem on one side only, then change to the other side at the next pair of leaves. Chickweed resembles a succulent with smooth, teardrop shaped leaves. Another identifying feature is that the plant “sleeps” at night. Every night the leaves fold over the tender shoots (then open back up come mid-morning).
Cutting chickweed plants is like clipping hair – collect leaves, flowers, and stems for use in the kitchen and in herbal remedies. Chickweed may be used fresh or dried in herbal tea, tinctures, ointments, and other herbal products.
Visit wikipedia to view pictures of chickweed.
* There are no known side effects caused by eating chickweed. It is safe for everyone that can tolerate solid foods. Always consult with your healthcare professional before taking herbal remedies especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.
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Located in Blairsville, Georgia, Tony and I sell wild herbs and handcrafted products - all dried, produced and packaged on our family farm in the North Georgia Mountains. Inventory changes with the seasons depending on what is available and may also vary from year to year. Celebrating our Appalachian heritage where sustainable farming is a way of life, we appreciate our customers and promise to provide the best service, the highest quality merchandise, a secure shopping experience, and fair prices.
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** Most of the articles in this online herbal encyclopedia were first published by the North Georgia News in a weekly column titled Every Green Herb (by Janice Boling).
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