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My 4 Favorite Medicinal Weeds

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1. Chickweed (Stellaria media)
After moving north from the deep south, I didn’t know what this tiny white flowered plant was, except that it would be one of the first to appear in my garden and quickly spread out. A good indication that the soil was rich with nutrients and extremely healthy. As I pulled and cursed its speedy growth I got to wonder if I could use it as food or medicine. Research led me to Wise Woman Herbal by Susan Weed. Her chapter on Chickweed reveals it to be high in vitamins A,D, B complex, C,  rutin, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, sodium, copper, and silica, with the special addition of steroidal saponins. In the human body saponins assist the digestive mucosa, neutralizing toxins. Chickweed in tincture form is useful for breaking down growths, both topically (warts) and internally (ovarian cysts).

Raw chickweed, including the stem, leaves and flowers, can be eaten in salads, or cooked like spinach, which is what it tastes like. It has diuretic properties that help to cleanse the kidneys and urinary tract without depleting essential minerals. You can make a chickweed infusion by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1/2 cup of fresh chickweed and leaving it to steep for about 20 minutes, strain and drink warm.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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9:54PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you for the good information. Nature holds many answers.

8:36PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

This is excellent information. Thank you for the tips. (p, t)

3:21AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

You have a higher tolerance for "bitter," than I do, clearly. I'm afraid the taste of the plants you describe as "edible" always sets up an uncontrollable gag reflex.

2:27AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Treasure our nature

2:55AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Cannabis? Claudette, you must me joking!

2:55AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

thank you

12:10PM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Great article. Thanks.

4:44AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thank you! Great!!!

8:09PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

love this article

12:50AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

There is a good reason why weeds are so plentiful. Just shows that Mother Nature provides for us, for free, and we don't appreciate the kindness of what is helpful to us.

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