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Chickweed

Plant Allies

A brief description of medicinal and culinary plants, along with some of their magickal associations and a recipe.


Chickweed

(Stellaria media)


Chickweed is an annual flowering plant belonging to the carnation family. It is native to Europe, but now found throughout much of the world where the soil has been cleared and is regularly disturbed, as in agriculture. The botanical name translates to (Latin) Stellaria “Little Star” Media “in the midst of”. Chickweed is best identified as a low growing plant with many small stary five petaled white flowers, dense with vibrant green leaves like a mat, and a single line of hairs running along it’s smooth stalk. She makes her appearance during the cooler, damp weather of spring and fall.


Chickweed is best known for its cooling properties used for topical skin applications, such as in poultices and salves. This little powerhouse is packed with nutrients like aluminum, copper,iron, magnesium, manganese, silicon, zinc, calcium, chlorophyll, cobalt, phosphorus, potassium, protein, carotenes, and vitamin C complex. It also contains steroidal saponins that are soap-like,emulsifying and increasing the permeability of all membranes, both cellular and cosmic, helping us to absorb her nutrients and healing properties faster. It does not dry or store well, so it is best to preserve in a tincture or infused oil when the plant material is fresh.


This little star herb can be found in the midst of the Moon. She works with the subconscious mind, helping to develop the intuition and connect to repressed trauma, realizing our ability to love and be loved. Herbs associated with the Moon govern the uterus, ovaries, breasts, stomach, parts of the brain and the esophagus. This herb can help us to flow with the rhythms of life just as the tides flow with the Moon.


Chickweed Pesto

1c fresh chickweed

1c fresh nettle

2 cloves garlic

½ c olive oil

¼ c walnuts

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate, stored in an airtight container with a layer of olive oil covering the top to inhibit discoloration. Can be frozen for longer storage.


References

Beyerl, P. (1984). The Master Book of Herbalism. Blaine, WA: Phoenix Publishing Inc.

Gladstar, R. (2001, 2008). Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Hoffman, D. (1983, 1990). Holistic Herbal, A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. Hammersmith, London: Harpercollins Publishers.

Weed. S. (1989). Wise Woman Herbal, Healing Wise. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Publishing.

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