Chickweed is an annual that is native to Europe but can also be found across Asia and North America. Abundant in lawns, sidewalks, and open areas, Stellaria media has been a useful and beneficial herb in traditional European healing practices for centuries. The fresh leaves can be eaten raw in salads, and dried chickweed herb is often infused as chickweed tea, macerated in vinegar, tinctured, or used in skincare creations.
Chickweed is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.
Chickweed is used for stomach and bowel problems, lung diseases, wounds and skin ulcers, joint pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, chickweed is eaten in salads or served as cooked greens.
Chickweed is an English herb easily recognized by its straggling, succulent stems bearing paired leaves and white star-shaped flowers. It is said that there is no part of the world where chickweed doesn’t grow; it is even found in the northern Arctic regions. Chickweed belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family.