The Benefits of Chickweed Salve


| 10/15/2016 12:00:00 AM



Maxal Tamor Stellaria Media

Photo by Maxal Tamor

 

Chickweed

The bane of many a gardener, Stellaria media, or chickweed, is in fact, a weed—or at least an unwanted plant in many areas. An invasive plant (non-native), it’s been found in every American state, so you’ll probably have good luck finding it growing wild in your area. It has rather distinct flowers in the blooming season of early spring.

Uses of Chickweed

Chickweed is pretty awesome stuff. Chickens like it (hence the name), and it was once a frequent addition to fancy sandwiches. Be careful though, as it has a look-alike in Mouse-eared chickweed, that while edible, must be cooked to become safe to eat.



Medicinally, chickweed is most commonly used for skin ailments in which there is inflammation that must be cooled—abrasions, non-serious burns, even acne and psoriasis. It’s mild astringent properties are even considered useful for drawing out splinters. The entire plant—leaves, herbs, and stems—are used in the preparation.