Healing Herbs: Chickweed

    Chickweed is a common herb that is sometimes used as an appetite suppressor, often in combination with hoodia. The leaves, stems and flowers of the Chickweed plant are all used for healing. In folk medicine, chickweed is used to treat asthma, indigestion and skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis. Chinese herbalists use it to treat nosebleeds. Some natural stores sell a cream made with chickweed to treat rashes, itching and inflammation of the skin. It also sooths insect stings and bites. It can be used as a natural treatment for diaper rash. It also promotes lactation, thoght some other herbs are better for that purpose. Chickweed has a mild laxative effect so can aid with regularity. Chickweed is high in many vitamins and minerals and the leaves can be added to salads or cooked like spinach. A teas made of chickweed can be gargled fro caughs and sore throat. You can also drink the tea as an aid to digestion and circulation and to aid with some kidney problems. It is effective as an antihistamine so can be used both internally and externally to fight the itch of poison ivy and poison oak. You can make an eye rinse with chickweed to sooth sore or tired eyes.

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