The Herb Chickweed

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Chickweed is another little known herb which has a wide variety of medicinal and wellness uses. Chickweed is an edible plant which can be used as a table vegetable, and it can be used to create teas, or "green drinks." It's quite high in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Chickweed is a contact healing herb. That means it relieves pain in addition to stiumlating healing as soon as it's applied. It can be used both internally and externally for healing and has even been used throughout history to stop bleeding in the stomach and bowels.

Chickweed is an excellent addition to poultices, ointments, and salves. It not only decreases pain, but it helps reduce swelling as well. I've created poultices whose main ingredient is chickweed to bring down swelling and reduce pain in torn ligaments. It's especially useful for this when mixed with pure aloe vera juice because the aloe vera helps penetrate all three layers of the skin, and this allows the chickweed to reach the underlying damaged areas and begin alleviating the pain and starting the healing process.

Chickweed in tea form is excellent for use as an acne wash, and it can even be added to a bath to help with burns, sores, rashes, and boils.

Like garlic and cayenne, this herb is also excellent for blood vessels and your circulatory system. Taken internally it helps purify the blood and carry out toxins and may even help with blood poisoning too. It also dissolves plaque in blood vessels, as well as possibly dissolving minor fatty tumors and substances then removing them from the body.

Chickweed also may help with weight loss, working as an appetite depressant used in many weight loss herbal combinations.

A general cleansing combination you can make yourself which helps you lose weight is a combination of chickweed, hawthorne berries, papaya, fennel seed, mandrake, licorice, black walnut, gota kola, safflowers, echinacea, and dandelion.

You can add extra chickweed to decrease your appetite more and help aid in losing weight. You can also use a general cleanser such as chlorophyll and take chickweed along with it. Sometimes I'll also add in echinacea since that helps normalize blood sugar levels too, which also helps your body lose weight and shed fat.

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