Chickweed tea has been recognized for many years mainly for its effectiveness in the treatment of many skin and stomach disorders.
Chickweed is an herb that’s easily recognized by its straggling stems that bear paired leaves and small white flowers. Chickweed belongs to the same plant family as cloves. Chickweed is also known by such names as stellaria media, tongue grass, adder’s mouth, satinflower, chick wittles, star weed and winter weed.
It is quite high in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Chickweed tea is typically prepared by placing chickweed herb or chickweed powder (usually made from the aerial parts of the chickweed plant) in boiling water. Let steep for about 7 to 10 minutes. Chickweed Tea can both be used internally and externally.
Pregnant women and those with existing medical conditions are urged to consult their physicians before trying out chickweed tea and other herbal teas.
The following are some health benefits attributed to chickweed tea:
- May help treat acne and other skin disorders such as sores, rashes, boils and burns.
- May help purify the blood and detoxify the system. Among others, chickweed tea may help dissolve plaque in the blood vessels, and may help treat blood poisoning.
- May help in achieving weight loss by suppressing the appetite.
- May help stop bleeding in the stomach and bowels.
- May help reduce swelling of torn ligaments when topically applied to the affected areas.