Season 4 Episode 2: Chickweed Benefits

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Episode Summary

Chickweed, also known as Stellaria media, is a powerhouse of medicine and nutritious food! There are so many chickweed benefits… for dry, irritated eyes; for the lymphatic and urinary systems; for coughs and fevers (but only certain types of coughs and fevers – stay tuned to learn more).

And chickweed benefits the skin.

Imagine this… Your child comes in from playing outside with a bunch of itchy, red welts from bug bites. Ouch! But fear not.

By the end of this episode, you’ll know how to make a chickweed salve that can help to soothe the heat and itchiness right out of that irritated skin.

Chickweed is an easy plant to welcome into your life, but you want to make sure you’re making the most of it. In this episode, I’ll answer important questions like whether to work with it fresh or dried and I’ll share my best tips for chickweed identification. Be sure to stick around to the end to get my recipe and free recipe card for the chickweed salve.

Rather than simply memorizing chickweed benefits, it’s especially helpful to understand this plant’s energetic profile and how it relates as a heating or cooling and drying or moistening herb.


What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:08] Introduction to chickweed (Stellaria media)
  • [04:00] Nutrients and phytochemicals in chickweed
  • [05:21] Chickweed for the eyes
  • [06:07] Chickweed for the lymph
  • [06:35] Chickweed benefits for the skin and wounds
  • [07:12] Chickweed for coughs
  • [08:07] Chickweed for the urinary system
  • [08:34] Chickweed for fevers
  • [08:49] Chickweed identification (Stellaria media)
  • [10:02] How to work with chickweed
  • [11:09] Chickweed salve recipe
  • [17:06] Special considerations
  • [18:05] Chickweed Fun Fact

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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Healand co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.  

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