This plant has a detoxifying effect on the body and is excellent in salads, soups and in pesto.

Nutritional, Culinary & Medicinal Uses

Culinary: Chickweed can be used in salad, in stir-fries, in soups and stews, in sandwiches, and in pesto [5], and as an internal cleanser and external agent. See the Lost Book for recipe for decoction. [2]

Medicinal Uses: This plant can help with arthritis, nerve pain, constipation, skin irritations including dermatitis, eczema, hives, shingles, and varicose veins. I can also help to detoxify, and with herpes and venereal disease. [2] 

How to Cultivate and Harvest

Planting: Plant so that the seeds germinate in autumn or late winter. It can grow well even in poor soil. Soak the seeds in fresh, clean water for about 12 hours. Plant three seeds for every one inch of ground and cover with ¼ inches of soil. Water the soil regularly, keeping it moist but not saturated. [3]

Harvesting: Snip the top inches of the stems and flowers. All parts of the plant are edible. [3] 


One can dry chickweed in a food dehydrator on 95 F or simply air dry it in a screen in a dry location with good airflow that is warm. Store after drying in an airtight container in cool, dark location. [4]


Chickweed is native to Europe, including Great Britain and has been naturalized in North America. It came up in European folklore and magic to promote fidelity and attract love. Sailors used its vinegar to prevent scurvy. [1]

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1. Hunter, Candace. “Chickweed History, Folklore, Myth, and Magic.” The Practical Herbalist,

2. Apelian, Nicole. Davis, Claude. The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies, Claude Davis, 2020.

3. Staff Writers. “Growing Chickweed: Best Guide for Beginners.” Roy’s Farm,

4. Talerico, Deanna. “Chickweed: How to Identify, Harvest, Dry and Use Stellaria Media.” Homestead and Chill,

5. “Delicious Chickweed Recipes: Turn Wild Weeds into Meals,” Survive Ready,

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