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SKIN DISORDERS & THE USE OF CHICKWEED IS A PROVEN USEFUL TREATMENT

CHICK WEED IN THE TREATMENT OF SKIN DISORDERSStellaria media, known as chickweed, grows wild throughout Europe and North America. This low-growing plant has pointed oval leaves and small white flowers. Scientific literature primarily focuses on controlling the growth of this plant as a weed, and no evidence indicates the plant is effective for medicinal uses, according to Drugs.com. Consult with a qualified health care provider before beginning any herbal therapy.
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Skin Disorders

The primary traditional use of chickweed is as a topical treatment for skin disorders, often in a cream, according to Drugs.com. Some people use it to treat eczema, a common skin condition involving scaling, red thickened patches of skin that can be very itchy. Chickweed preparations can be used to treat the red, itchy rash caused by contact with poison ivy and poison oak, and for healing insect stings and bites. Chickweed may be effective for treating these conditions because it contains relatively large amounts of vitamins, including the antioxidant vitamin C, and flavonoids, as noted by the University of Michigan Health System. It also contains the omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, which may reduce inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. For eczema, rashes and inflammatory skin conditions, apply chickweed cream liberally several times a day to affected areas.

Folk Remedies

Chickweed as an internal medicine has a role in folk remedies for a wide variety of conditions, according to the UMHS. Some of these disorders include asthma, bronchitis, blood disorders, conjunctivitis, inflammation, rheumatic conditions, constipation, indigestion and obesity. Due to its mucilage content, the herb is believed to have demulcent properties that soothe mucous membranes. Homeopathic remedies use chickweed for treating psoriasis and rheumatic pain, according to Drugs.com.

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Nutrition

The young shoots of chickweed are edible and make a tasty addition to salads, providing vitamin C and gamma-linolenic acid for nutrition and health benefits. Gamma-linolenic acid is essential for skin and hair growth, bone health, reproductive system function and metabolism regulation, explains the UMMC. LearningHerbs.com notes fresh chickweed as a component of a cream cheese spread that includes basil and thyme, and as an ingredient in lasagna. The website provides a recipe for chickweed pesto using 2 c. of chopped fresh chickweed along with garlic, pine nuts or sunflower seeds, olive oil and Parmesan mixed well in a blender. You can serve this chickweed pesto over pasta, or use it as a dip.

Chickweed Tea

Chickweed brewed into a tea doubles this herb’s medicinal applications. The hot tea works internally to rush nutrition through the body for healing purposes. Since psoriasis tends to flare up in times of stress, a nutritious cup of mild tea also serves to relax the mind so the body can mend.
A clean cloth can be soaked in the cooled tea and applied to areas inflamed by psoriasis’s telltale lesions. Be certain to follow up the external tea treatment with a lubricating skin cream.
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Chickweed Tincture

Psoriasis can be relieved from the inside out with the use of an alcohol-based tincture. This remedy is a concentrated form of the herb. It is available in standardized and traditional concentrations. The tincture serves to ease both digestive and skin problems, which surface during an outbreak of psoriasis. This form of medicine may not be an appropriate choice for children or patients who are sensitive to alcohol.

Chickweed as Food

Chickweed is often available in healthy garden soil in the early spring. It was introduced to North America as a salad green but fell out of favor in the mid-twentieth century due to its short shelf life in grocery stores. Gardeners know this weed well. It is used as an alfalfa sprout substitute in sandwiches and salads and offers a fresh flavor and nutrition to keep the skin healthy.
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Chickweed in the Bath

The inflammation of psoriasis is often brought on by stress. A mildly warm bath can give relief to the mind and body. Tie chickweed into a muslin square and allow it to soak in the bath water. The cloth can also serve as a swab to bring comfort to dry areas. Combine chickweed with rolled oats for extra skin treatment.

Chickweed (Stellaria media) has been used as folk medicine for skin conditions such as psoriasis for centuries. The soothing application of the herb as a poultice, salve or cream still wins converts for those suffering from this mysterious disease. In “Herbal Medicine Materia Medica,” David L. Hoffman says that chickweed “is commonly used as an external remedy for cuts, wounds and especially for itching and irritation. If eczema or psoriasis causes this sort of irritation, chickweed may be used with benefit.”
Internally, chickweed can be taken as a nutritional supplement to take advantage of the high amounts of trace minerals and vitamins contained within the plant’s leaves. A hundred grams of chickweed offer .52 mg of zinc and 7,229 IU of vitamin A, which both top the chart of nutrients recommended for treating psoriasis symptoms.

Chickweed Ointment

Chickweed is a popular ingredient in herbal moisturizers designed to ease skin irritation associated with psoriasis. Topical treatment for this disease includes creams, salves and ointments. Most herbal creams also include calendula and aloe to revitalize dry, red skin patches. Ointments that include vitamin D along with chickweed are even more effective.
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