Chickweed [Stellaria media]

Chickweed was extensively used by Indigenous Americans for the treatment of respiratory disorders, colds, coughs, flu, sore throats, and as an effective wound healer.

The plant contains saponins, plant compounds that can alleviate inflamed mucous membranes and facilitate the breakup of secretions from the membranes. It acts as a demulcent and expectorant, helping to clear mucus and ease congestion in the lungs.

High in vitamin C, sailors used Chickweed vinegar to prevent scurvy when fresh citrus was unavailable. Because of its nutrient and antioxidant content, Chickweed helps relieve inflammation in the nose, sinuses, and respiratory tract whilst helping to eliminate the underlying cause of infection.

With its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antifungal properties, Chickweed is known as a skin rejuvenator. It has a cooling and drying effect on wounds, bites, and minor burns and can be used to treat many skin complaints, including; boils, sores, rashes, wounds, eczema, and psoriasis. It will also relieve the itching and inflammation that accompany many of these conditions.