Chickweed is excellent for the skin both internally as a demulcent and externally as an emollient. It has a cooling and drying effect on wounds and skin eruptions. Minor burns respond nicely to chickweed's care.
Chickweed is an astringent that works wonders in drawing out splinters. Applying my Herbal Vinegar on a cotton swab or dabbing the area with diluted tincture serves to push out slivers without the trauma of tweezers. Chickweed also helps heal the wound left behind. This makes chickweed an excellent choice for any parent or gardener's first aid cabinet.
As a vulnerary, chickweed does its best work externally. There are few skin conditions chickweed cannot help. Minor burns, lesions, acne, wounds, eczema, insect bites, nettle burns, psoriasis, and gout all bow to chickweed's soothing hand. This humble plant has much to offer our tender skin.
Conditions Best Helped by Chickweed
Chickweed is best used to soothe itchy and sore skin conditions. Topical application either fresh or as a botanical oil, cools and relieves inflamed areas. As chickweed has a bland scent, it's an excellent choice for adding to the bath water of individuals with perfume or essential oil allergies. Simply add a strong infusion to the bathwater and soak. A cooled compress is excellent for treatment of varicose veins or hemorrhoids.
As a diuretic, chickweed is a valuable friend to patients who struggle with congestive heart failure or obesity. Water rention as witnessed by swollen ankles or bloating is eased by this herb. Other herbs chickweed is accompanied by in diuretic formulas are dandelion and parsley. All three of these herbs are also rich sources of vitamin C and potassium. Chickweed has the extra value of being high in vitamin B complex. All of these vitamins means our friend is also an excellent spring tonic.