This bag contains approximately 1/2 ounce of dried chickweed (Stellaria media) harvested from the wild. Chickweed -- also known as Star Lady and Mouse Ear -- is a small, spreading plant that helps eczema and other skin problems -- especially boils.
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Chickweed -- also known as Star Lady and Mouse Ear -- is a small, spreading plant that helps eczema and other skin problems -- especially boils. It is used to treat insect bites, stings, burns, rheumatic conditions, urinary infections, indigestion, constipation, and wounds. It does all this and more with no known side effects.
Fresh chickweed makes a cooling poultice for abscesses, splinters, and infected sores. As the poultice dries, it pulls out poisons and toxins. Chickweed has astringent properties and is a good remedy for many skin conditions when added to creams and ointments. Use on wounds, irritated skin, rash, acne, eczema, bedsores, and painful joints as needed.
Chickweed may also be taken in tea form. Chickweed tea is good for cleansing the system. It has diuretic properties and was once used in the treatment of obesity. The tea also makes a good remedy for stubborn urinary tract infections (drink several cups daily for a month).
Chickweed is a nourishing plant that tastes like spinach. To prepare chickweed as a vegetable, pick the tender plants (with flowers and seed pods) and soak in strongly salted water for one or two hours. Drain, wash, and cook in a small amount of simmering water for ten to fifteen minutes. Drain and press out the water. Sautee with butter and add salt and pepper to taste. Chickweed is also eaten raw in salads. Remember that old chickweed is mostly stalk and not nearly as appetizing as the tender new plants. Gather fresh chickweed in springtime for best flavor and texture.
Chickweed is often fed to chickens as a spring tonic. Caged chickens (and other birds) love the tender plant. Free-range chickens will seek it out if given the opportunity. All parts of the chickweed plant contain high levels of flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals.
Chickweed is native to Europe, but is now found growing all across the United States. In the North Georgia Mountains, it is especially abundant around old home places and farm yards. Chickweed is usually considered a common weed. The eight inch tall, trailing plant grows most of the year in the southern states and can become a pest in the garden. The flowers are small and star shaped. They have five petals that are notched so deeply that they appear to be ten. Under a magnifying glass, the stems have a line of fine hairs that run up the stem on one side only, then change to the other side at the next pair of leaves. Chickweed resembles a succulent with smooth, teardrop shaped leaves. Another identifying feature is that the plant “sleeps” at night. Every evening the leaves fold over the tender shoots -- then open back up come mid-morning.
Harvest chickweed with ordinary sewing scissors. Cutting chickweed plants is like clipping hair – collect leaves, flowers, and stems for use in the kitchen and in herbal remedies. Chickweed may be used fresh or dried.
We now sell chickweed seeds.