Stellaria media is an herbaceous annual that has been utilized in traditional modes of healing and as a food source for centuries. The plant is found growing abundantly in lawns, along sidewalks, and in open areas. Chickweed leaves are eaten fresh in salads and are a staple ingredient of spring tonics. Chickweed powder can be brewed as chickweed tea, encapsulated, or used topically.
Chickweed is an English herb easily recognized by its straggling, succulent stems bearing paired leaves and white star shaped flowers. It is said that there is no part of the world where chickweed doesn't grow; it is even found in the North Arctic regions. Chickweed belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family.
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