Botanical name: Stellaria media

Pertinent Information on the Plant

  • Skin irritations
  • Eye inflammation (poultice for Glaucoma inflammation)
  • Mild diuretic (increases urine flow)
  • Kidney disorders
  • Vulneraries
  • Anti-microbials (destructive to microbes)
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Demulcent (soothing action on inflammation, especially of mucous membranes)
  • Emollient (softens and soothes the skin)
  • Anti rheumatic
  • Alterative (blood purifier)
  • Antipyretics (reduce or prevent fevers)
  • Expectorant (facilitates removal of secretions)
  • Antitussive (controlling or preventing cough)
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Can be used as an ointment (combines especially well with marshmallow)
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Lungs
  • Stomach
  • Nutritive (rich in vitamins and minerals; a source of easily assimilated nutrients)
  • High in calcium, potassium and iron
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Curbs obesity

Habitat and Growing area

  • Native to Eurasia, especially anywhere moist cultivate soil
  • Naturalized in North America

Extra Notes

  • Chickweed is a remedy to use in times of transition. It supports a person in the first stages of grief, helping to assimilate a situation that is unexpected or where the circumstances are unforeseen. It is gentle and unassuming, yet surprisingly strong and insistent.

(Photos of Giant Chickweed)

chickweed close up

chickweed patch

Reference Books:

Holistic Herbal, by David Hoffmann

Pages: 77-79, 138, 145, 160, 177, 191, 242

 The Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra

Pages: 13, 33, 34, 35, 118, 119

 The Complete Encyclopedia of Herbs, by Nico Vermeulen

Page: 299

 Family Herbal, by Rosemary Gladstar

Pages: 19, 55, 100, 102, 103, 105, 227, 284, 303, 323

 Peterson Field Guide: Easter/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke

Pages: 48, 49

chickweed flower