Properties and use:
Laxative, demulcent, refrigerant, anti-Inflammatory. A poultice of chickweed can be especially useful topically for inflammation, abscesses, and anything itchy. Internally, it’s a gentle laxative and is soothing to the digestive tract. Not surprisingly, this cooler-weather plant is also cooling to the system.
Chickweed is packed with nutrients. It contains vitamins A, D, B complex, C, rutin (a bioflavinoid), calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, sodium, copper, iron and silica. In comparison with spinach, chickweed holds up extremely well. It’s got just as much iron, along with other nutrients.