Fertility and love.
Carry or use to attract a lover or maintain your current relationship.
Useful for lunar and animal magick, especially the healing of birds.
Also Called: Starweed, Satin Flower, Starwort, Winterweed, Stitchwort, Tongue Grass, Adder’s Mouth, Indian Chickweed, Passerina
Chickweed has a very long history of herbal use, being particularly beneficial in the external treatment of any kind of itching skin condition.
It has been known to soothe severe itchiness even where all other remedies have failed.
In excess doses chickweed can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.
It should not be used medicinally by pregnant women.
The whole plant is astringent, carminative, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, refrigerant, vulnerary.
Taken internally it is useful in the treatment of chest complaints and in small quantities it also aids digestion.
It can be applied as a poultice and will relieve any kind of roseola and is effective wherever there are fragile superficial veins.
An infusion of the fresh or dried herb can be added to the bath water and its emollient property will help to reduce inflammation – in rheumatic joints for example – and encourage tissue repair.
A decoction of the whole plant is taken internally as a post-partum depurative, emmenagogue, galactogogue and circulatory tonic.
It is also believed to relieve constipation and be beneficial in the treatment of kidney complaints. The decoction is also used externally to treat rheumatic pains, wounds and ulcers.
The expressed juice of the plant has been used as an eyewash.