Chickweed is a plant that you may not know much about, but it is one that you should familiarize yourself with. It has been used for years for its various medicinal benefits. It is typically eaten directly, or made into a tea.
Health Benefits of Chickweed
Below are just some of the medicinal benefits of chickweed.
1. Liver and Kidney Tonic
Everyone knows that it is important to cleanse the body, and especially the liver and kidneys, to ensure healthy body function. The common chickweed has been used for decades as a natural kidney and liver cleanse. Whether eaten raw or prepared as a tea, chickweed can help remove toxins from the body and improve the function of the kidney and liver.
2. Full of Nutrients
Not only is chickweed edible, but it is also full of a variety of nutrients. Some of these nutrients include ascorbic acid, calcium, beta-carotene, flavonoids, niacin, magnesium, oleic-acid, riboflavin, potassium, rutin, thiamin, selenium, and zinc.
3. Skin Issues
Chickweed is also used to treat many skin issues, particularly superficial wounds. You can create a poultice out of chickweed and apply it to boils, cuts, ulcers, and burns. It may also be applied to eczema and psoriasis to relieve itching and discomfort.
4. Stomach Aid
Another medicinal benefit of chickweed is its ability to treat various stomach issues. Ingesting a chickweed tea or adding some chickweed leaves to your salad can treat and prevent constipation, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, and more.
5. Pain Reliever and Anti-Inflammatory
Chickweed is also an effective anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It has been used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and even pain and discomfort associated with menstruation. You can try a chickweed tea when suffering from mild pain or inflammation in the body.
6. Pulmonary Aid
Those that suffer from asthma or respiratory infections may also benefit from consuming chickweed. In addition to treating asthma and other respiratory issues, chickweed also contains vitamin C, which will help support the immune system and fight off any infection that is causing respiratory issues.
How to Use Chickweed
As mentioned, chickweed can be eaten directly, made into a tea, or prepared as a poultice (for topical application).
To make yourself a cup of chickweed tea, add 1 tablespoon of dried chickweed into 1 cup of water; boil and simmer for ten minutes; strain then drink. You can have this tea up to three times per day.
To make a poultice, crush some fresh chickweed plant and add just enough water to make into a poultice, then apply to the affected area.
Chickweed can easily be added to a salad and smoothies as well. Now that you know the many medicinal benefits of chickweed, this is one more herb that you should keep on hand in your pantry.
Chickweed contains saponins, which may result in diarrhea and/or vomiting if consumed in large amounts. An overdose of this herb can also cause heart failure, and result in adverse effect on the kidneys, especially in those with kidney disease. Women who are pregnant should avoid internal use.