The small, green chickweed plant originated in Europe, but now grows across the United Kingdom. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used medicinally.
Chickweed was reportedly used at times for food. 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.
What it does
Chickweed contains coumarins, saponin, Vitamin C and bioflavanoids and has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties. It has a cooling, soothing and anti-itching action.
Chickweed is usually available as a cream or ointment and may help with boils, abscesses, sting, bites and hot, itchy rashes.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using chickweed.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with chickweed.