DIY Home Remedies Chickweed

There are more ways of enjoying chickweed other than adding them to your salad and other dishes. Here are some you can do at home:

Chickweed Tea

Drinking herbal teas is one of the most beneficial and healthy practices one can do. Chickweed tea, for one, is rich in essential nutrients that the body needs to function better. In fact, aside from eating chickweed as is, making a tea infusion out of it is the next best way to benefit from its nutrients.

Having at least one cup a day helps your body cope with numerous medical issues ranging from simple upset stomachs to minor skin conditions and even to weight loss, as mentioned earlier. If you are the tea-drinking type, plant some chickweed and start making chickweed tea.

What you will need:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of dried or finely chopped fresh chickweed
  • A cup of cold water
  • A small pot or teapot
  • A knife
  • A chopping board
  • A strainer or cheesecloth

Instructions for making your chickweed tea:

  • If you have fresh chickweed, wash the leaves thoroughly with clean water before drying them. Once dry, chop the chickweed leaves finely on a clean chopping board. Put the chopped chickweed leaves into your teacup and set aside.
  • Boil the cold water in a teapot or a small pot.
  • Pour the boiling water into the cup containing the chopped chickweed. If you are using dried chickweed, pour the boiling water into the cup first before adding the dried herb.
  • Wait for 15 to 20 minutes while the chickweed is steeping. Strain afterwards. You can use a piece of cheesecloth with a sieve if you don’t have a strainer.
  • Dried chickweed steeps a little faster. Wait at least 5 minutes before straining.

Enjoy your tea!

Chickweed Salve

A homemade chickweed salve has so many uses! It is a great first aid treatment for minor skin ailments such as acne, burns, rashes, wounds, scratches, and itchiness. It may also be used for boils, psoriasis and eczema.

Since you are making a salve out of natural ingredients, it is safe to say that you can use your chickweed salve as often as needed. Here’s how to make one:

What you will need:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/8 cup of beeswax
  • ½ tablespoon of Vitamin E (per one cup of herbal oil)
  • Small tins and jars
  • A strainer or cheesecloth
  • A wooden spoon
  • A saucepan
  • Lavender essential oil (optional)

Instructions for making your chickweed salve:

  • You will need to make chickweed oil first. Gather some fresh chickweed then wash and dry them.
  • Place the dried chickweed into a small jar and then fill it with olive oil. Make sure that there are no air bubbles to avoid spoilage. Cover the jar tightly and let it sit for two weeks.
  • Shake your jar of oil at least once a day.
  • After two weeks, use a strainer or cheesecloth to separate the oil from the chickweed. Pour the oil into a saucepan.
  • You can use a wooden spoon to squeeze out as much of the oil as you can.
  • Once your chickweed oil is ready, you can start making your salve by adding the beeswax and Vitamin E to the oil. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil. This will give your salve a refreshing scent and help prevent it from spoiling.
  • Place the saucepan containing the oil mixture over low heat. You can check your salve’s thickness by pouring some of the oil on a spoon and placing it in the freezer. Once the oil hardens, you can feel its texture and hardness. You can adjust the thickness by adding more beeswax to the oil mixture. If it’s too thick for your liking, add more olive oil instead.
  • Once you get your desired consistency, pour the oil mixture into small tins or jars.
  • Let them sit until the oil hardens and turns into a salve.

Chickweed

Chickweed Tincture

Tincture-making is a fairly easy process. All you need are some herbs and a bottle of alcohol. Any medicinal herb will make a good tincture. Tinctures are characterized by their long shelf lives. Make your own chickweed tincture by following this recipe:

What you will need:

  • Fresh chickweed
  • Pure grain alcohol
  • A knife
  • A small jar
  • A strainer or cheese/muslin cloth
  • A large bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Instructions for making your chickweed tincture:

  • Gather some fresh chickweed. Make sure you don’t mix other weeds with your harvest as they are sometimes hard to differentiate.
  • Using a sharp knife, chop the leaves into little pieces.
  • Place the chopped chickweed in a small glass jar. It is better if you fill the glass jar with the herbs. Don’t use containers made from plastic or metallic materials as these may undergo adverse reactions with alcohol. Sterilize the glass jars before use.
  • Pour alcohol into your jar. Any 80- to 100-proof alcoholic beverage may be used. Vodka is a good choice since it has little flavor and no color, though rum and brandy may also be used. Another alternative is to use apple cider vinegar, especially if you have reservations with alcohol.
  • Remove any air bubbles that may form.
  • Cover the jar tightly and then label it. Include the date. Place in a cool area that cannot be accessed by kids and pets.
  • Let the tincture steep for at least 8 days up to one month.
  • After steeping, use a strainer or a muslin cloth to strain the liquid into a bowl. Squeeze out more liquid from the chickweed using a wooden spoon.
  • Pour the resulting liquid into small jars, cover, and label. Your chickweed tincture is now ready for use.

There are so many uses for plants that we often think of as mere weeds.

Chickweed is just one example. Nettle, mallow, and sow thistle are others. The next time you come across a plant you’re unfamiliar with, try to find out more about it. You may be in for a surprise.

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