Botanical Name: Stellaria media
Common Names: starweed, Winter weed, star lady
Stem: The stem is weak and juicy, lines of hairs climb up the quadrants of the stem
Flower: Deeply divided petals. There are only 5 petals but they are so deeply cleft that they look like 10. White star flowers!
Chickweed grows year round even under the snow! During hot months it goes to seed (this is the time to collect the seeds). Likes cool conditions, rich cultivated soil.
Loves gardens, cool conditions, old rotting logs, shade to partial shade
METHOD OF PREPARATION
Salad greens, energy green drink, pesto, vinegar for salad dressings, spinach substitute, stir fried, vegetable, freezes well. Cut with scissors to give it a hair cut and it will keep growing and growing (try not to uproot).
Trace minerals, phosphorus, sodium potassium, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium
1.Chickweed addresses these conditions: lymph mover, swollen glands, sore throat
2. Chickweed dissolves cysts, tumors and irregular growths
3. Chickweed helps skin disorders, a favorite for diaper rash and babies, used topically for skin eruptions, hemorrhoids, cuts, wounds, burns, etc. It
4. Chickweed is effective with dry coughs
5. Chickweed deals with inflammatory problems: ulcers, hemorrhoids, gallbladder.
6. Chickweed heals wounds and draws out infection
7. Chickweed is really helpful with eye problems: pinkeye, itchy and dry eyes
8. Chickweed is a joint oiler for rheumatism
9. Chickweed is considered by many an herbal diet pill, Eating chickweed also thins the membranes of your cells so that nutrients are more readily absorbed and utilized.