Chickweed – not entirely an enemy.

chickweedChickweed: Stellaria  media: not entirely an enemy.

Family of the chickweed: The  lovely Sweet Williams and other Dianthus (carnations or pinks), Irish moss (Sagina subulata), Baby’s breath (Gypsophylla paniculata), Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) and the popular garden plant “snow in the summer” (Cerastium tomentosum) are all from the same family.

You are very likely to find this weed in your garden, growing all over with its thin stems and starlike flowers.  If you want to get rid of it, think twice before just throwing it away. Caged birds and chickens love this weed and it is great for their health. If you have no  cage birds or chickens, you can  make a healthy tea with the leaves, flowers and stems. Steep a handful in hot water for a short while. The tea is said to energise, help with weight loss and constipation and it really tastes quite nice! The leaves you took out of the tea, can be used as a poultice on inflamed itchy skin, especially for psoriasis, sore eyes and even insect bites. You can even make an ointment with beeswax and essential oil which keeps well. Contact me for a recipe if you are interested!