Chickweed has a wonderful, magical history to it – steeped in folklore and wonder. In Europe, it was thought that chickweed was under the control of the moon and so had a powerful ability to attract love, maintain relationships and promote fidelity. It was said that carrying a sprig of chickweed would draw the attention of your intended love or ensure the fidelity of your beau. While in the past it was commonly found in love potions, its use now focuses on physical ailments, skincare and animal feeds.
Chickweed is a thought to be a fantastic remedy for treating coughs, colds and the flu. It contains saponins – a plant compound that can soothe inflamed mucous membranes and help to break down its secretions. As well as working to eliminate the underlying cause of sinus and respiratory tract infections, it has been shown to relieve the associated inflammation.
Those saponins can also help with weight loss. They work to emulsify fat cells and then flush them from the body, as well as acting as a natural appetite suppressant.
The herb has mild laxative and diuretic properties which can help the body expel toxins through the kidneys and bowels. The saponins help increase the absorption of nutrients and soothe the digestive tract making it an ideal digestive aid.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal actions, Chickweed can treat a range of skin conditions. This includes rashes, eczema, psoriasis, boils, burns, wounds and sores. Amongst herbalists, it’s considered to be an excellent skin rejuvenator. It is also a great skin soother – taking the itch or burn out of insect bites, sunburn and dry skin conditions like eczema.
The chickweed gained its name because poultry loves this weed. The whole of the plant can be eaten, and the seeds are commonly used in animal feeds. It has over 20 per cent of its weight as a viable protein making it excellent for growing birds. It contains useful levels of silica which can help transform dull coats, while the viscous fibre will help to cleanse the animals internally.
Despite the names it’s not just chicks that can consume chickweeds – larger animals like horses, cows, pigs and other livestock will also enjoy this herb. Not only is it highly nutritious, but it’s also easily digested.
Joseph Flach & Sons are your trusted supplier when you need bulk quantities of chickweed for manufacturing purposes. We only work with the very best suppliers across the globe to ensure we can offer you top quality products. We’ve been proudly operating since 1882 and can provide you with both chickweed herb cut and chickweed herb powder depending on your requirements.
We offer chickweed in the following forms:
Chickweed Herb Cut – Botanical name: Stellaria media
Chickweed Herb Powder – Botanical name: Stellaria media
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