CHICKWEED



Chickweed is loaded with nutrition, being high in chlorophyll, minerals,especially calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus & potassium, vitamins,especially C, A & B factors such as Folic Acid, riboflavin, niacin & thiamine.

Chickweed is a small, spreading plant that helps eczema & other skin problems. It is used to treat insect bites, stings, rheumatic conditions, urinary infections, indigestion, constipation & wounds.
Applied externally, finely chopped chickweed soothes irritated skin, especially when mixed with marsh mallow (Althaea officinale) root. It's good for cuts, minor burns, eczema & rashes. Bandage it on the affected area. Change the dressing often.
This herb is excellent for blood vessels & your circulatory system.
Chickweed  works as an appetite depressant & is used in many weight loss herbal combinations.

An infusion of the dried herb is used in coughs & hoarseness & is beneficial in the treatment of kidney complaints.
The decoction is also used externally to treat rheumatic pains, wounds & ulcers. It can be applied as a medicinal poultice & will relieve any kind of roseola & is effective wherever there are fragile superficial veins or itching skin conditions.
Fresh chickweed makes a cooling poultice for boils, abscesses, splinters & infected sores. As the poultice dries, it pulls out poisons & toxins.
Chickweed has astringent properties & is a good remedy for many skin conditions when added to creams & ointments. Use on wounds, irritated skin, rash, acne, eczema, bedsores & painful joints as needed.
Chickweed tea is good for cleansing the system. It has diuretic properties & was once used in the treatment of obesity. The tea also makes a good remedy for stubborn urinary tract infections (drink several cups daily for a month).
It is also an excellent addition to ointments, poultices & salves. It not only decreases pain, but also helps to reduce swelling such as with torn ligaments. It is especially useful when mixed with pure Aloe Vera juice.
Chickweed tea helps purify the blood & carry out toxins & is even been known to help with blood poisoning. It also dissolves plaque in blood vessels, as well as dissolving fatty tumors & substances then removing them from the body.


RECIPES:

Chickweed can be added to salads or cooked as a pot herb, tasting somewhat like spinach.

Chickweed tea:

take 1/4 cup of fresh Chickweed
add 1 cup boiling water steep for 10 min.
Strain out the herb & drink the tea hot. Take in ½ cup doses 2 to 4 times daily. 
Chickweed has a mild diuretic property, promoting the flow of urine.
Chickweed tea helps to cleanse & soothe the kidneys & urinary tract &  relieves cystitis.
It won't deplete the body of minerals.

Chickweed  Tea:
 
To 1 tbsp dried herb or 2 tbsp  if fresh,
add 1 cup boiling water,
steep for 10 min.
Take in ½ cup doses 2 to 4 times daily, during a cold or flu.

Chickweed tincture:

Fill any jar, large or small, with fresh chopped chickweed  & vodka. 
Wait for 6 weeks & it's ready to use. 
1 tsp of the tincture taken 2-3 times a day for 2-16 months is the usual course.
Chickweed tincture can help to dissolve a ovarian cyst or benign tumor.
It is a slow process & requires consistency.

Chickweed Pesto: 

2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cups freshly picked young chickweed leaves
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of sea salt
handful of walnuts (optional)
1 tbsp of lemon juice (optional)
lemon zest (optional)
Blend everything.
Serve this over pasta or just use it as a dip for crackers or vegetables. You can even freeze some in case you decide to make a lot at once.

Spring Salad:

Mix 4 cups fresh Chickweed
2 cups fresh watercress
1 cup fresh flowers like violets or dandelion buds &
2 tbsp of finely-chopped chives 
Mix olive oil & herbal or plain apple cider vinegar for your dressing.

Chickweed & Orange Smoothie:

2 cups fresh orange juice
1 cup chickweed
1 tsp Aloe Vera juice
Blend everything.

Adding Aloe Vera gives additional cleansing benefits that provide polysaccharides for digestive & colon health.

Itchy Skin Bath: 

To calm itchy skin resulting from insect bites, chicken pox & poison ivy.
For soothing, anti-inflammatory bath use apple cider vinegar, baking soda, chickweed herb, lavender flowers, oatmeal, red clover blossoms or violet leaf. 

BEAUTY:

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


Chickweed Obesity Tea:

Place 2 tbsp of fresh Chickweed  in a cup & fill with boiling water.
Cover for at least 4 hours, then strain to drink.
Drinking a 1 l of Chickweed water daily is fine, but even 2 cups a day is supposed to help shed unwanted stored fat.

MAGIC:

When chickweed expands its leaves fully & boldly,no rain will fall in next 24 hours.
Carry or use in spell to attract love or maintain a relationship.



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