Herbs Guide


Family Name: Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name(s): Stellaria media

Popular Name(s): Starweed, Star Chickweed, Alsine media (Linn.), Passerina

Parts Used: The whole above-ground herb

Habitat: Chickweed is found widely in North America and in Europe.

Description: The stem of Chickweed is weak, branched, trails on the ground and reaches a considerable length. The plant has a line of hairs that runs up the stem on one side only. The leaves are egg-shaped with a size of about 1/2 inch in length and 1/4 inch in breadth. The small white star-like flowers are situated singly in the axils of the upper leaves. Their petals are narrow, deeply cleft and not longer than the sepals. The seeds of the herb are contained in a little capsule.

Uses: Chickweed is used to cure rheumatism and chest infections. It is widely used in itchy skin as well as in eczema, acne, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, psoriasis, inflammation, ulcers, vaginitis, urticaria, boils, abscesses, allergies and in other skin problems. Its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic actions are used to support healthy urinary tract function and cystitis. It soothes irritated tissues, balances metabolic functions and benefits arthritis, cancer, weight control, digestion, constipation, mucus build-up and respiratory problems including bronchitis, coughs, colds, lung disease, asthma, sore throat and flu symptoms.