Chickweed Salve

I’ve been weeding, pulling up lots of fresh, green chickweed (Stellaria media) from the garden. It is a common weed in most parts of the world, and not hard to find. Its botanical name stellaria means ‘little stars’, a description of its tiny white, five petalled flowers. My chickens love it (it is not called ‘chick’ weed for nothing) and it makes a nourishing spring addition to their diets. The leaves can be eaten by humans too, used fresh in a salad, in a soup, cooked like spinach or even made into a pesto with pine nuts, garlic and olive oil. Medicinally, chickweed is useful for cooling skin inflammations, insect bites, itchy skin and burns. Every spring I make chickweed salve.

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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