Chickweed (Stellaria media) medicinal herb is a plant that can be used in various ways. It is used like a spinach by many people. It may be used fresh, dried, powdered, in poultices, fomentation, or made into a salve.
Some of the common names are Starweed, Starwort, Satin flower, Adder's mouth, Tongue grass, Winter weed, Alsine media and Stichwort. Some of the medicinal properties are demulcent, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic as well as antipyretic.
It is a member of the Caryophyllaceae or Carnation family and there are approximately twenty-five species of Stellaria, including some native varieties. These species are popularly growing in the wild areas of North America and also Europe.
The constituents are minerals and vitamins, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, coumarins, genistein, gamma-linolenic acid, flavonoids, hentriacontanol, oleic acid as well as triterpenoid saponins.
It is one of the best herbal remedies for external application to inflamed skin surfaces, skin diseases such as rabies, eczema and psoriasis, sores, boils, scalds, burns, sore eyes erysipelas, tumors, piles, cancer, swollen testes, sore throat and sore mouth and all kinds of wounds. Therefore, because of these skin ailments it may be made into tea used to wash the skin. Herbal salve can also be made and used for these ailments.
Also, it is a good herb that will help you to lose weight due to the fact that it is believed to be a mild appetite suppressant. Individuals who trouble with obesity may well be benefited by using this herb.
It is an excellent medicinal herb for bronchitis, pleurisy, coughs, asthma, colds, vaginitis, hoarseness, rheumatism, joint pains, inflammation, or weakness of the bowels and stomach, lungs diseases, bronchial tubes. It will heal and soothes anything it comes in contact with.
It is good for scurvy, poison and blood disorders. A teaspoonful of this herb steeped in a cup of boiling water is good for all these ailments.
Some people trouble with genital warts and would love to treat them naturally and at home. Well, it is a medicinal plant that can aid in removing these warts which can reappear after few months. Just use the tincture extracted from it and apply it to the warts three times per day until they are removed.
It is a medicinal plant that will alleviate constipation by taking three tablespoonfuls of the fresh herb and boil it in one quart of water and allow to simmer to one pint. A warm cupful of chickweed tea every three hours should be consumed for best result. Therefore, it can be considered one of the best herbs for constipation.
It may be used as an herbal infusion, tincture and poultice for minor burns. The herbal poultice also can be a very good cooling agent for sores, itching, rashes, irritations of the skin as well as the burns. See herbal preparations for instructions on how to prepare herbs. Chickweed medicinal herb can be acquired in medicinal powder as well as capsules.