Scientific name: Stellaria media

Often called the “snow in the summer”, Chickweed grows proficiently and is sometimes seen as a weed in gardens. Its shallow root system creates a living mulch for other plants and is very handy for many uses, from the greens to the flower.

Nutrients

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Coumarins
  • Saponins

Health Benefits

  • Improves skin irritation (rashes, itchiness, etc)
  • Improves eye inflammation
  • Improves kidney and liver disorders

Cooking Tips

The greens have a sweet flavor and are a great addition to salads. You can also add them to your smoothies mixed with fruits like pineapple.

Quick Remedies

(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)

Eczema, rashes, nettle stings,diaper rash: Apply a poultice directly onto the problem area. This herb is gentle enough to use on babies and children. To make a poultice, mash or lightly blend a handful of chickweed flowers with 1-2 Tbsp water. Fold this into a cloth and/or apply directly to the problem areas for 30 min. Repeat with a fresh one as often as needed.

Irritated or itchy eyes: use a poultice while resting your eyes.

How to Grow

Planting

Where do you live?

Chickweed tends to show up whether you like it or not, but maybe that’s for a reason!

Put em in the ground

This one grows easily from seed and reseeds itself without a problem. They can become slightly invasive so do watch so they don’t take over your garden.

  • Rich soil
  • Well watered
  • Sunny but cool (partial shade works too)

Care

Most articles out there are about how to kill chickweed… So, this plant is fairly easy to keep healthy and thriving, and you must be careful not to let it take over your entire garden.