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Botanical Name: Stellaria media
Energetics: Cooling, moistening
Major Properties: Alterative, diuretic, febrifuge, lymphagogue, nutritive, vulnerary
Examples of Uses: Stagnant lymph, swollen lymph nodes, dry coughs, food, rashes
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Tincture - of fresh plant
Oil/ointment for topical use
Fresh for food
Can even juice the plant to add to beverages or use as a compress
A combo of chickweed and black walnut are often beneficial with hypothyroidism.
Chickweed contains saponins that help to dissolve body fat, so may help with obesity perhaps.
I have used chickweed with good success for moisturizing, both internally and externally, although I personally lean toward lady's thumb in that regard.
It can help with a dry, hot cough due to its moisturizing and cooling properties. I think I would try the vinegar and maybe some tincture added to some honey in this regard.
Those same properties make it useful for hot, eruptive skin conditions.
I lean toward calendula for lymph issues, but many other herbalists turn to chickweed for similar issues.
Chickweed has a mild taste that mixes well with salads and makes a great pesto.
This brief overview merely highlights my observations. There is, of course, a great deal of information that you can find on the Internet or in books. Or better yet - get together with other herbalists and share your experiences!
Please add your own experiences so that together we can create a more comprehensive overview.
As always, if you have a chronic ailment that is not resolving itself or an acute issue, seek the attention of your physician.