Chickweed Health Benefits.
Constituents: saponin, glycosides, coumarins, flavonoids, source of vitamin c
- Demulcent – Substance hat has a soothing effect on mucous membranes
- Astringent – Substance that causes constriction of mucous membranes and exposed tissues ,usually by precipitating proteins.
- Anti ulcer (peptic) – Substance that prevents or relieves ulceration (usually in the gastrointestinal tract).
- Diuretic – Substance that increases urinary output.
- Refrigerant- Substance that has cooling properties
- Emollient – Substance used to soothe ,soften or protect skin.
- Expectorant – Substance that improves the clearing of excess mucous from the lungs
- Antitussive – Substance which reduces the amount or severity of coughing
- Antipyretic – Substance reduces or prevents fever.
- Alternative- Substance that improves detoxification and aids elimination to reduce the accumulation of metabolic wastes with in the body.
- Vulnerary – Substance that promotes healing of wounds when applied topically.
Chickweed contains the following – flavonoids, ascorbic acid, alkaloids, calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc , Selenium, Gamma-linolenic-acid, Saponin glycosides, Triterpenoid saponins, Coumarins and Beta-carotene and high in B Group vitamins.
Respiratory issues: Chickweed is commonly associated with the treatment of respiratory issues like cough, cold, bronchitis, allergy, step throat and excessive mucus build up. Since, the herb contains high amounts of Vitamin C, it is also used for the treatment of scurvy
.Kidney and liver .In folk medicine, chickweed is used as a tonic to clean the kidney and the liver. It is believed that due to its diuretic properties, the herb helps in flushing out toxins from the body through the urine. Chickweed is also used to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis.
Pain Relief.Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, chickweed can effectively reduce inflammation and pain. Due to this reason, the herb is used to treat the following conditions – arthritis, stiff neck, rheumatism and menstrual cramps
.Stomach /digestive issues .Chickweed also helps in treating the following stomach issues – upset stomach, poor digestion, stomach ulcers and constipation
.Skin .Chickweed is a wonderful ointment or cream for skin rashes or conditions that ooze and weep like eczema. It is soothing to the itchy, burning effects of cuts, wounds, and other skin conditions.
Equine use .
The whole plant is used. It is a highly tonic food for the digestive system, and a remedy for all stomach ailments. ”
It is highly regarded by many for its cooling effects and value in dealing with blood toxicity, fevers, inflammation and other hot diseases. It is considered to have demulcent (soothing substances taken internally), emollient (softening, soothing to the skin), expectorant (helps to expel mucus from lungs and throat), antitussive (prevents coughing), antipyretic (cooling herbs used to reduce fevers), alterative (blood cleansing) and vulnerary (wound healing) properties.
It is wonderful to support the body after a long term illness since it is very nutritious, rich in vitamins A, B, C, and Biotin, and rich in minerals like Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Manganese.
Naturopath, herbalist ,Iridologist