(Stellaria media) aka - Starweed, Stichwort
The North American Chippewa and Iroquois Indians were known to have used Chickweed as an eye wash and wound poultice. Chickweed can be applied externally (as a poultice) to any skin problem including boils, burns, and sores in the mouth and throat. A Chickweed ointment would be an excellent treatment for diaper rash. It is also used for breast inflammation during lactation (taken both internally and externally). Chickweed has also been used on tumors. Chickweed is valuable in treating blood toxicity, fevers, and inflammation. Its mucilage content, known as a ‘demulcent,’ helps heal stomach ulcers, inflamed bowels, lungs and most any inflammation whether internal or external. Chickweed moistens phlegm and aids in its expectoration from the lungs, while relieving sore throats, lowering fevers and treating stomach and duodenal ulcers. It has been used to break down cellulite. Chickweed can help dissolve plaque in blood vessels as well as other fatty substances in the body. It acts as an anti-biotic in the blood and may be recommended as an anti-cancer treatment.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Chickweed may provide relief from:
• Blood Toxicity
• Bronchial Congestion
- Properties: Alterative, Anorectic, Anti-neoplastic, Blood Purifier, Demulcent, Diuretic, Emollient, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Mucilant, Nutritive, Pectoral, Stomachic Primary nutrients: Calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, Vitamins C, D, and B-complex, zinc