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Chickweed

Also indexed as:Stellaria media
Chickweed: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Stellaria media

Parts Used & Where Grown

The small, green chickweed plant originated in Europe, but now grows across the United States. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Breast-Feeding Support
Refer to label instructions as Chickweed Topical1 star[1 star]
Chickweed is a soothing herb that can relieve sore nipples. Experts recommend moistening the herb with boiling water, wrapping it in gauze, and applying to the breasts.
Eczema
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Topical preparations containing calendula, chickweed, or oak bark have been used traditionally to treat people with eczema.
Insect Bites and Stings
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chickweed is sometimes used topically to alleviate itching secondary to insect bites. It contains relatively high amounts of vitamins, which may partly explain its use as a topical treatment for skin irritations and itching.
Poison Oak/Ivy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chickweed has been used historically to treat skin inflammations such as poison oak and poison ivy.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Chickweed was reportedly used at times for food.1 It enjoys a reputation in folk medicine for treating a wide spectrum of conditions, ranging from asthma and indigestion to skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. It is sometimes used to alleviate itching secondary to insect bites.

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