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Chickweed: the medicinal plant with the cooling effect

Chickweed is a long known companion in the ranks of domestic medicinal plants. In the past, it was classified among the classic lung medicinal plants and was always considered the first choice remedy for problems in the respiratory tract. Today, this spectrum has changed a little and expanded. Today, however, it is certainly not as popular as it may have been in the 19th century, but unjustly so. Recent studies even attest to its effectiveness against various molds, which would open up a whole new therapeutic direction.

Chickweed facts

Did you know that...

...chickweed is a popular salad plant?
...grows widely in our gardens and is often considered a weed?
...chickens love chickweed and that's why it has its nickname?

What is chickweed?

Chickweed is an annual herbaceous plant that forms stems up to 40cm long. Due to its tendency to form carpets, it is also considered a ground cover and is deliberately planted by gardeners. Its leaves are oval with a slight tip and quite short stalked. It forms beautiful, star-like, white flowers that can also bloom all year long if planted in a weather-protected position. Nevertheless, if the flowers are surprised by water, they can contract protectively. Chickweed has probably been with us since the Stone Age and has shown itself to be a very adaptable plant so far. Since the plant produces a lot of seeds, several generations of plants can grow each year. Seeds that have already germinated can even produce new plants in the cold season. Due to its soil-covering properties, it inhibits erosion and protects the soil from drying out. Thus, its importance for other plant can be considered high.

General and medicinal properties of chickweed

The basic knowledge

Promotes wound healing

Chickweed is wound-healing. Therefore, it has long been used externally for open wounds. It allows the tissue to regenerate faster, it heals better and chickweed reduces itching in the area of the sore.


Chickweed is expectorant. Therefore, it is one of the classic cough plants. The mucus loosens better and the mucus-producing goblet cells are calmed down. Thus, the mucus can be removed and the bronchial area can regenerate better.


Chickweed is analgesic. Especially in the field of rheumatic complaints, it is therefore often used. It helps to alleviate inflammation and thus also reduces pain. The patient can move better again and gains quality of life.

Stellaria media: Ingredients

Chickweed is still part of studies. Therefore, new ingredients can be isolated again and again, which suggest a therapeutic use.

You can find the following ingredients in the medicinal plant chickweed:

  • Saponins
  • Tannins
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Flavonoids
  • Vitamin C

Chickweed: Effect for body and mind

With its high content of nutrients, vitamins and trace elements, chickweed is a particularly valuable medicinal plant. It can be used all year round as a component of a salad to help meet the need for these substances. However, its great field of action lies in its use against colds with respiratory tract involvement. Here its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties are particularly effective. Traditionally, it has been used in naturopathy as a remedy for wounds and lung diseases. Recent studies have shown that its use against molds should also be tried. The anti-inflammatory effect of chickweed is still used for rheumatic diseases. Here, chickweed is said to provide significant relief from the symptoms.

Stellaria media properties

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Fungicide
  • Promotes wound healing
  • Ejecting
  • Analgesic
  • Antirheumatic

Fields of application in naturopathy

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From the various active ingredients that the plant contains, there are different areas of application. Positive empirical values are available for the following.

Chickweed for inflammatory problems

Chickweed contains a number of substances that have an anti-inflammatory effect. This is used for skin problems. Chickweed is often used as an ingredient in herbal ointments for wound healing, but it can also be used directly with fresh plant wraps. The inflammation disappears from the affected area and the skin can regenerate and heal.

Chickweed for bronchitis

In bronchitis, the so-called upper airways are affected and inflamed. This leads to mucus and cough. Chickweed is both anti-inflammatory and soothes the tissues. But it is also expectorant and helps the body to get rid of the accumulating mucus more easily. Thus, the symptoms of bronchitis are alleviated and the healing time is shortened. The person is fit again faster and feels better.

Stellaria media for acute joint inflammation (supportive)

Some ingredients of chickweed are anti-inflammatory and have a good effect on rheumatic complaints. They inhibit inflammation, decongest the affected area and have been shown to reduce pain. Chickweed is also used for acute inflammation of joints. Usually it is combined here with other medicinal plants to achieve an even stronger effect.

Stellaria media for flu-like infections

During flu infections it is important to support the immune system. Stellaria does this in several ways. On the one hand, it inhibits the inflammation caused by the infection, and on the other hand, it provides antimicrobial flavonoids and vitamin C. Both support the immune system to overcome the infection. Both support the immune system in overcoming the infection, allowing symptoms to disappear and well-being to return.
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Chickweed for spring fatigue

Due to its high content of vitamin C and minerals is considered a true fountain of youth for humans. Especially after the winter, many people are tired and listless. Chickweed can help here with its trace elements and minerals to bring back strength and power to the people. As a spring plant, it literally offers itself to become part of the food to replenish the reserves.

Notes on the use of chickweed

Chickweed is usually a component of ready-made medicines, which should be taken several times a day in acute conditions. As a salad or processed in curds, chickweed can be a component of a mixture, but large quantities exceeding the usual level should not be enjoyed because of the high saponin content.

Stellaria media in pregnancy & lactation

Chickweed should not be consumed during pregnancy and lactation.

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Botanical name

Stellaria media

Plant family

Clove family

Other designations

Chicken intestine


February till November

Harvest time

all year round


sunny to semi-shady



Flower color


Flower shape


Leaf color


Leaf shape


Sheet properties


Soil type


Soil moisture

Fresh to moist



Lime compatibility

lime tolerant

Nutrient requirements




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