Chickweed

General Information

Common name: Chickweed

Scientific term: Stellaria media

Description: Chickweed is a cool-season annual plant naturalized in many parts of North America. It is used as a cooling herbal remedy,
Composition:

The green part of the plant contains a lot of ascorbic acid and carotene. Thanks to these useful properties, the herb is eaten fresh in salads, vinaigrettes, instead of spinach.

Chickweed is used in soups, as a garnish, in drinks.

Chickweed is full of vitamins and minerals: vitamins – A, E, and C; minerals – copper, iron, fluorine, calcium, bromine.

A distinctive feature of the herb is the presence of vitamin E. The content of vitamin C is 1,5 times more than in lemon. If you add only 20-25 grams of Chickweed in the dish, you will get the daily dose of carotene.

Useful properties:

  • hemostatic effect;
  • relieves heart pains;
  • tones up;
  • helps with various inflammations;
  • used as a choleretic agent;
  • useful for the thyroid gland;
  • dissolves cholesterol;
  • reduces high blood pressure;
  • accelerates metabolism;
  • calms the nervous system;
  • cleanses the intestines;
  • restores vision;
  • removes inflammation of the joints.

Uses:

  • Chickweed has long been used in folk medicine. Chickweed juice helps with kidney or liver disease, hemorrhoids and even thyroid disease. The plant rejuvenates the body, purifies blood vessels and improves blood. Also, vitamin E removes all harmful substances from the body;
  • Chickweed is used not only in the form of juice, but also in fresh form, in the form of broths and infusions of leaves, stems and flowers. For example, Chickweed infusion helps cure eye diseases and infusion stomach ulcers, colitis, coughs, diseases of heart, kidneys and lungs;
  • Chickweed helps to increase the level of hemoglobin in the human body;
  • Chickweed infusion is used externally – in the form of baths with rashes on the skin, suppurating wounds, ulcers and scrofula. It is also used as a remedy for aches, rheumatism and symptoms of sciatica;
  • Chickweed infusion for eyes. Take 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs and pour it with a glass of boiling water. Leave it for an hour, the broth should not be touched or shaken. Filter the ready infusion and put 1-2 drops in the diseased eye no more than four times a day;
  • Chickweed tincture is used with pain in the stomach and intestines. To make this tincture, you need to take 1 tablespoon of the plant and pour 300 ml of pure vodka. Place it in a dark place for 2 weeks. Take the tincture before meals, previously diluted. To do this, take 20 drops of tincture, dilute them with a glass of water and take it in such a diluted form;
  • Chickweed juice for lactation. Take 1 teaspoon of the juice and mix it with the same amount of honey. Take this medicine three times a day before eating;
  • Chickweed decoction in myoma, erosion and cyst. Take 2 tablespoons of herbs and fill them with 500 ml of boiling water. Pour the mixture into enameled dishes and put it on a water bath for half an hour. Take the drug 50 ml 4 times a day before meals. This decoction will eliminate dizziness, weakness and anemia;
  • Chickweed lotion for skin diseases. Take the ready-made decoction and apply on the problem skin area several times a day;
  • Fresh Chickweed with a tumor of mammary glands. To do this, take fresh plant and make a compress, which should be applied to the sick chest. Keep the compress on the chest for 20 minutes. Such procedures are carried out 2-3 times a day;
  • Chickweed infusion strengthens the nerves. The recipe for the preparation of the infusion is described above. Ready infusion should be taken 4 times a day. One-time reception – 50 ml.

Contraindications:

Chickweed can lower blood pressure, therefore, people with hypotension should not use such preparations.

Adverse Reactions:

Chickweed has no serious side effects.

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