**Always identify plants properly before eating and or touching**
Chickweed Stellaria media is a wonderful “weed”, this beneficial plant might be popping up in your yard as we speak. If you run outside and try to identify chickweed one main characteristic is a line of fuzzy hairs on its stem. Chickweed loves shade and moist soil, it is one of my favorite wild foods. When you include chickweed in your daily diet the nutritional quality is unlike anything cultivated and sold in the grocery stores. It is important that we add wild greens into our diet for this very reason.
Chickweed is known for its medicinal properties as a blood purifier, naturally assisting with cleansing the lymph by releasing toxins through your urine. It is best to eat as much as you can while it’s in season. You can simply step outside into your garden and pick chickweed fresh and eat it right then and there, its quite delicious. There are many ways you can prepare Chickweed as medicine outside from eating straight from the garden. You can tincture Chickweed as well as dry it out and make an infusion.
Her medicine also calms inflammation in the body, cooling and soothing the body when taken internally. If you were to apply Chickweed externally, say in the form of a salve this can help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
By far my favorite part of Chickweed is her ability to promote the flow of urine as a mild diuretic, this property helps with cleansing the kidneys and urinary tract to help relieve conditions like cystitis without depleting the body of needed minerals like pharmaceuticals can.
Chickweed is also high in calcium, Vitamin A, potassium, protein and much more.
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