Chickweed

Chickweed  chickweed

* This sweet tasting wild green is in abundance in early spring and late fall and contains more iron and zinc than any of the domesticated greens. Chop it up with fresh garlic, lemon, spices, and olive oil, and you are blessed with a wild green pesto!

**  Chickweed is best known for it’s ability to cool inflammation and speed healing for internal or external flare-ups. Chickweed tea is an old remedy for obesity, according to Culpepper, and wise women and herbalists still drink teas of fresh chickweed as one of the classic spring tonics to cleanse the blood. Chickweed poultices are useful for cooling and soothing minor burns, skin irritations, and rashes particularly when associated with dryness and itching.

Reference Sources:

*   Josh Wagler’s Plant of the Month in his Village Vibe – Commons Corner Column titled  Wild Salad Greens  (Feb 2014)

**  Annie’s Remedy:  http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail149.php

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