Family Name: Caryophyllaceae
Botanical Name(s): Stellaria media
Popular Name(s): Starweed, Star Chickweed, Alsine media (Linn.),
Parts Used: The whole above-ground herb
Habitat: Chickweed is found widely in North America and in
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.