Chickweed salve is a natural health product and is made from the chickweed herb. Chickweed is grown worldwide and is part of the pink family.
It is a popular food for small birds and is resilient enough to grow just about anywhere, in lawns, cracks in sidewalks, and even landfill sites. The chickweed has a vast amount of medicinal benefits.
Benefits of Chickweed
- Chickweed healing salve is believed to be able to help with ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism as it contains anti inflammatory properties. Used externally as a rub it can help to reduce swelling of the joints.
- Chickweed salve can also be used on the skin to reduce the pain and itchiness brought on by insect bites and stings; it can be used on burns and also on ulcerated skin.
- Another benefit of chickweed salve is to ease the swelling and discomfort of hemorrhoids. The chickweed salve can be used to speed the healing process of open wounds by stemming blood loss.
Chickweed can also be made into a tea for additional benefits:
- As an aid for respiratory ailments and chest infections, it is also believed chickweed tea can help to reduce a fever, ease sore throats and prevent the spread of infections.
- It is also believed to help with blood circulation by removing plaque build up in the blood vessels and so may be ideal for those who are less mobile, such as the elderly or those who have high cholesterol or heart disease.
- Chickweed tea helps to ease digestive ailments, so may be suitable for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Used as a wash for the skin, chickweed tea can help with skin irritations such as eczema, and if used regularly both internally and externally chickweed tea can also help to cleanse the skin of toxins which is ideal for those who are prone to pimples or acne.
- Chickweed tea can also be added to a bath for an all over body soak and used as a rinse in the hair for those with dry or itchy scalps.
- Cooled chickweed tea can be used as a wash for the eyes to aid irritations, reduce pink eye and lessen the infection for those with conjunctivitis. It should only be used externally on the eye and not as eye drops.
- Although not entirely proven as a weight loss herb, chickweed tea is believed to have appetite suppressant properties, and the fresh leaves of the herb can be used in a green salad as they taste very much like spinach and are full of healthy nutrients.
- Chickweed tea is a diuretic and so also helps weight loss by reducing the water retention in the body, as such it also helps to detoxify the body and has slight laxative properties. Chickweed is often used in herbal weight loss supplements.
Although no side effects of chickweed herb are known, it is always recommended before using this or any other herbal supplement to seek medical advice prior to commencement. If a rash or any other allergic reaction occurs after use, discontinue using and seek medical advice immediately.