Chickweed, Chickweed, flower star
Such a great healer you are!
Harvest in the winter light
Heal our cuts and dry skin quite
Chickweed, Chickweed, flower star
Such a great healer you are

Chickweed is lush and abundant right now! Do you know about this wonderful herb? It’s a great kid-friendly herb to get to know.

A basket with a handle full of fresh Chickweed sits on a wooden table

Chickweed has a mild, spinach-like flavor that can be eaten in salads, on sandwiches, or however you would use lettuce or spinach.

It’s been referred to as “poor man’s spinach” because it’s easy to find in the wild and has a lot of nutrition like spinach.

This plant has a lot of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, B1, 2, 3 thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, plus minerals like calcium, chromium cobalt copper magnesium phosphorus and zinc.

Lush Chickweed plant. Leaves are green and grow opposite on the stem.

Medicinally, Chickweed is a great first aid plant.

This succulent spring herb soothes all kinds of skin conditions: cuts, bruises, scratches, splinters. It can be made into a poultice to apply directly on skin issue, easy peasy!

Chickweed is a cooling and moistening herb, great for cooling off hot, red, inflamed skin afflictions and will help to sooth, cool, and reduce swelling.

I like to add Chickweed to my “green salve” that I make for every day cuts and scratches.

A tea can be made to use as an eye wash to sooth itchy, red inflamed eyes. 

Internally, a tea or infusion can help cool and moisten a hot, inflamed digestive system. And Chickweed is great at dissolving fat, which can help to lower cholesterol.

Besides the digestive system, Chickweed is helpful for the urinary system to sooth and cool an inflamed urinary tract.

Making a Chickweed Infused Oil

A small clear glass jar of infused oil with a brown kraft label and a silver lid sits on a wooden stump. Next to it is a bunch of fresh Chickweed.

I’ve started a new series on my YouTube channel: Making Mondays.

This week I’m showing how to make an infused oil.


How Starweed Got Her Stars

A square image with the words "Herbal Storytime: Chickweed" in white on a taupe background. A drawing of Chickweed is under the words on the left side. On the right side is an image of Kristine Brown holding up the Chickweed eBook.

Want to listen to the Chickweed story? I also have a Storytime series that comes out every Thursday, in which I read a story from an issue of Herbal Roots zine.

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see all the videos as they are published!

Chickweed Pesto

Chopped up Chickweed and Nettles, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup of avocado oil, and almonds on a brown ware plate and a wooden bowl of parmesan cheese on a wooden table

Mmmmm! Pesto!

This is a great twist on pesto, using fresh Chickweed while in season! Kids love to make it and eat it! Once made, you can freeze it in ice cube or muffin trays to have fresh pesto on hand year round. It’s great on pasta or as a spread on bread or tortillas for sandwiches or wraps.

1 cup fresh Chickweed
1 cup fresh Stinging Nettles
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 cup olive or avocado oil
4-5 ounces Parmesan cheese
3-4 ounces pine nuts or almonds

Put all ingredients into your blender or food processor. If you are not familiar with these kitchen tools, have a big person help you with this step. If your blender balks, stir and add more oil.

This can be frozen in ice cube trays for using all year round.

Tip: Don’t have Stinging Nettles? You can substitute basil or double up the amount of Chickweed.

A Year of Herbal Learning

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