Chickweed is actually the basis for a refreshing and useful tea, which can be easily found in stores and has various benefits for the whole body. So don’t pass it by.
Everything about Chickweed Tea
With the botanical name of Stellaria media, Chickweed is also commonly known as star weed, star chickweed or satin flower. The chickweed weed has straight green stems, small star-like white flowers and blooms from March till October. It is commonly found all over the world.
Chickweed is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and contains a number of other nutrients like mucilage, saponins, silica, vitamin A and B, fatty acids or other minerals as well.
Chickweed tea is a great source of nutrition with many health benefits.
How to brew Chickweed Tea
For a tasty tea, you can combine either 1 teaspoon of dried plant or 2 tablespoons of fresh, finely chopped chickweed into 1 cup of boiling water. Don’t forget to wash and dry preferable freshly picked chickweed leaves. Allow the plant to steep into the boiling water for approximately 10 minutes then your tea is ready to be served.
Chickweed Tea benefits
Chickweed Tea has multiple medical benefits both internally and externally.
Chickweed Tea is a diuretic, a mild laxative; it increases the body’s metabolism and reduces appetite. That makes it ideal for a weight loss diet.
It calms the respiratory system ailments like asthma, bronchitis, cough or others associated to this.
Chickweed tea has anti-inflammatory properties so it can reduce any inflammation and help to relieve pain, both internally and externally.
It is also a blood purifier.
Chickweed tea can also be used externally as wash, poultice, or salve with good results in alleviating any wounds, allergies or skin problems due to its detoxifying properties.
Chickweed Tea Side effects
Although chickweed tea is generally considered safe for adults’ consumption, side effects may occasionally include upset stomach, nausea or vomiting.
Pregnant or nursing women should not drink chickweed tea, as there are not enough studies to show whether it is safe for pregnancy or for children.
People with allergies to the daisy plant family should avoid chickweed tea.
Chickweed contains nitrate so if you drink too much tea, you may experience symptoms of nitrate poisoning like weakness, headache, fainting, bluish fingers and lips and dizziness. So be sure to keep your moderation.
Although it is recommended to include it in your lifestyle, you should not drink more than 2 or 3 cups of chickweed tea per day as it will lose its benefits.