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Learning At The Potter's Wheel is a collection of articles on home, family, marriage, parenting, natural medicine and herbs. . . along with a few other items of interest. Have fun sorting through my junk drawer of assorted thoughts and ramblings.

AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

CHICKWEED

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Stellaria media,
Also called starweed

PARTS USED
Leaves, stems

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Beta-carotene, calcium, essential fatty acids, genistein, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, rutin, selenium, silicon, sulfur, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, and E

Especially rich in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium

PROPERTIES & USES
Chickweed is a demulcent. This means that it produces mucilage (that stuff that looks like mucus – you see it when you boil okra) that helps soothe and protect tender and inflamed tissue. As an expectorant, chickweed soothes bronchial spasms and helps to eliminate the mucus loosened from tissues by supporting a productive cough. The mucilage produced by chickweed stimulates bowel movements, acting as a laxative. In this way, toxins are removed from the body as chickweed does its work. These properties make chickweed useful in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory ailments, and the relief of nasal congestion.

This herb may lower blood lipids. Chickweed is believed to help dissolve plaque in blood vessels. This action has proved beneficial in the treatment of circulatory problems. Chickweed helps remove fatty substances and tumors from the body by dissolving them. It has anti-cancer agents.

An appetite depressant, chickweed is used in many weight loss combinations. Extra chickweed can be added to combinations to increase weight loss benefits while adding nutrients.

As it heals, chickweed helps with pain and decreases swelling. This makes it useful in the treatment of boils, burns, skin diseases and warts. In topical applications, chickweed is a good addition to poultices, ointments and lip balms. When treating sores and rashes, chickweed is a good addition to a soaking bath.

Internally, chickweed can help stop bleeding of stomach, bowels, and lungs. A blood purifier, chickweed helps remove toxins from the blood. As a tea, chickweed can be used as an acne wash. Because of its high nutrient content, chickweed is often used as a vegetable and in green drinks.

CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
Not a good choice for those trying to restore their appetite

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.




1 comments:

  1. Ros Horton said...
     

    I just stumbled here showing my cousin a photo of chickweed. NICE SITE! I plan to look more! And hey, chickweed tea WORKS!

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