Healthy Herbs: Chickweed

Chickweed is another little known herb which has a wide variety of medicinal and wellness uses. Chickweed is actually an edible plant which can be used as a table vegetable, and it can be used to create teas, or “green drinks”. It’s quite high in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium too.

Chickweed is another contact healing herb. That means it relieves pain in addition to stiumlating healing as soon as it’s applied. It can be used both internally and externally for healing, and has even been used throughout history to stop bleeding in the stomach and bowels.

Chickweed is an excellent addition to poultices, ointments and salves too. It not only decreases pain, but it helps reduce swelling as well. I’ve created poultices which included chickweed, to bring down swelling and reduce pain in torn ligaments. It’s especially useful for this when mixed with pure aloe vera juice, because the aloe vera helps penetrate all three layers of the skin, and this allows the chickweed to reach the underlying damaged areas and begin removing the pain and starting the healing process.

Chickweed in tea form is excellent for use as an acne wash, and it can even be added to a bath to help with sores, rashes, boils and burns.

This herb is also excellent for blood vessels and your circulatory system. Taken internally it helps purify the blood and carry out toxins, and is even known to help with blood poisoning too. It also dissolves plaque in blood vessels, as well as dissolving fatty tumors and substances then removing them from the body.

Chickweed is also a little known herb which helps with weight loss. It actually works as an appetite depressant and is used in many weight loss herbal combinations.

A general cleansing combination you can make yourself in fact, which helps you lose weight, is a combination of Chickweed, Mandrake, Licorice, Safflowers, Echinacea, Black Walnut, Gota Kola, Hawthorne Berries, Papaya, Fennel Seed and Dandelion.

You can add extra chickweed to decrease your appetite more and help aid in losing weight. Personally I don’t use the combination noted above though, because it seems like an awful lot of stuff to buy. So instead I use a general cleanser such as Chlorophyll, and take Chickweed along with it. Sometimes I’ll also add in Echinacea since that helps normalize blood sugar levels too, which also helps your body lose weight and shed fat.

NOTE: Statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA, and are not made by a licensed medical practitioner or physician.

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