Lisl Meredith Huebner, Dipl. CH (NCCAOM) ~ Registered Clinical Herbalist (AHG) “HerbaLisl”
Just about as common throughout the world as the stars in the sky, Stellaria media is an abundant and welcome sight each spring. Can you believe that people have been known to eradicate this delicious, nutritious and medicinal “weed” without ever learning about its multiple benefits?
First of all: Spring Tonic. I mean the Fat-busting, shed the sluggish winter toxins, put pep in your step and revitalize those sparkly eyes tonic. Boom.
Also… Skin Soother ~ think: inflamed dermal issues from eczema, psoriasis, carbuncles, sores… you name it, this cool chickweed can handle it.
Aaaand, it’s been used to strengthen the bladder, calm cystitis, moisten tissues, cleanse the lymph, soothe dry coughs, nourish the blood, and dissipate benign cysts, benefit malabsorption syndromes, as well as aid in weight loss! Yes, weight loss!
|"Rosie" by Sandra Comen 2013|
Bionic Tonic: Fill a clean glass jar with freshly picked and washed chickweed, pour boiling water over it and steep for a few hours. Strain well… with clean hands, squeeze out every precious drop!
1.) Use the leftover herb as a poultice, applied directly to sore skin, you will feel it work immediately! -safe for pets too!
2.) Drink the infusion cold or warmed up; up to a quart a day will do you just fine for weight loss, the treatment of the imbalances listed, or just as a general cooling tonic. It tastes like a perfect spring day.
3.) You could also put that strained tea in a bath, or as a wash to cool and soothe any kind of itchy rash. Ahh… sweet relief! (did someone say poison ivy?)
Plus+++ It’s a Vegetable! Chop it up and use it in salads or stir-fries, just like you would bean sprouts… or even put it in the food processor to create a delicious spread or dip (recipe below).
|Photo and Pate by Sandra Comen 2013|
Roughly chop about 2 cups of freshly picked and washed chickweed and place in a food processor, add the juice of half a lemon, 3 Tbs of any nut/seed butter, or 1/3 cup nuts/seeds, 1 clove garlic, 1 Tbs olive oil. Pulse until smooth, add salt & pepper to taste.
Serve with vegetable crudités or on bread or toast points.
(white beans also work well if preferred over nuts)
“HerbaLisl” Lisl Meredith Huebner, Dipl.CH (NCCAOM), RH (AHG) is a nationally board certified Chinese Herbalist, and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Lisl is also a certified Medicinal Aromatherapist, a Reiki Master an Acupressurist, an Auriculotherapist, a photographer, a renowned diagnostician, a teacher and a published writer who has enjoyed a successful private practice for nearly twenty years.
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