Chickweed

Latin Name
Stellaria media

General Description
Rubbed on the body, this common weed is one of the best herbs for relieving the discomfort of insect bites and other itchy skin conditions. The components of chickweed known as saponin glycosides exert a soothing effect on the skin. Taken internally, chickweed has a similar soothing and moistening effect on the lungs and stomach.

Target Ailments
Taken internally for:

Applied externally for:

Preparations
Over the counter:
Chickweed is available in dried bulk, oil, ointment, and tincture.

At home:
Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water onto 2 tsp dried herb and steep for five minutes. Drink a cup three times a day to reduce itching.
Bath: Pour either a strong infusion or fresh herbs into the bathwater to relieve itching.
Cool drink: Combine a handful of fresh herbs with pineapple juice, process in the blender, and strain. This drink may relieve skin irritation and rheumatism.
Ointment: Add marsh mallow root to the fresh herbs and juice, and blend.
Poultice: Grind up fresh leaves and apply to leg ulcers.

Special Information