CHICKWEED, Stellaria media


It’s a good thing that the Lord made most of the herbs tough and durable against man as well as animals. If He hadn’t, we would have many more herbs on the endangered species list or on the list of those herbs that once existed but don’t exist any more.

Chickweed is one such herb. It has been stomped on, cussed out, sworn at, dug up and sprayed on more than any other herb, except maybe dandelion. But it doesn’t really mind. Chickweed knows that it is important so it just keeps smilin’ and comin’ back, because it knows that one day we’ll know how good it really is.

Now I know that you’re wondering what possible good chickweed could be, except to ruin a good-looking lawn. Well if you have eczema, and other forms of dermatitis, it’s good to have around.

When I was studying with Dr. Christopher, he told a lady who brought a little six-month-old baby to a lecture. The baby was covered with eczema from the top of its head to the bottom of its feet. He said when the blanket folded back the white scales from the baby covered his dark suit.

The mother said the baby was born with eczema. “We have had him to every doctor and hospital in the country. We have boxes full of salves and ointments, but nothing works.” The baby’s skin was broken in some places and was bleeding and oozing lymph. She complained about why God would do something like this to her.

He said, “I don’t think God did this to you, Madam; I think you did this to yourself.” She stared at him and said, “What do you mean? I haven’t got eczema this all over my body.” He said, “You must be very toxic inside, madam, or you wouldn’t have had a baby that is this toxic.” The lady protested, “The baby’s not toxic, he has eczema.” Dr. Christopher asked “What caused the eczema?” by this time, both the mother and the baby were crying. She shook her head and said, “I don’t know.”
He told her to pick some chickweed and make gallons of chickweed tea. He said, “Give the baby a bath in the chickweed tea each time. Be sure it gets on his head. If the baby wants a drink, give him some chickweed tea. If you’re nursing the baby, then you drink lots of chickweed tea and go on a cleanse to get rid of the problem.”

The mother went on cleanses and drank lots of teas made from chickweed and other herbs. She soaked the baby in the chickweed tea and gave him chickweed and other herb teas. Within six weeks the baby’s skin was clear and beautiful.
Little chicks and small birds like to eat this plant, so it got the name of chickweed. It is small herb that is either annual or biennial. It is found in lawns, gardens and waste places. It is a creeping vine-type plant that is brittle and rather fragile and has many branches. It grows from 6 to 12 inches long and has pale green leaves that are smooth, ovate and grow in pairs on the opposite sides of the stalk. The small, star-shaped flower is white and grows out of the upper leaves and blooms from March until fall.

Chickweed has many attributes. It is an emollient to soften and soothe the skin. The salve is very healing for itches and rashes. The crushed fresh herb is used for all kinds of poultices. Sometimes this poultice is held in a cabbage leaf. The tea or fresh juice is healing to mucous membrane. Chickweed heals and acts as a refrigerant to cool inflamed tissue like boils, carbuncles and swellings. As a pectoral it is good for problems of the chest and respiratory system. The Indians used it against colds, whooping cough, bronchitis, flu and sore throats. It is a great blood purifier to clean impurities out of the blood. It has been used to help the liver and the kidneys. Pretty good for a little herb that everyone hates.

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