Week three of my herbology series! Yes, last week was skipped for herbology but at least you guys got an awesome recipe out of it. Week one was dandelions, week two was plantain, and now we’ll be moving on to chickweed. Again, I cannot emphasize enough how important research is for anyone interested in getting involved in foraging and herbology. Please, dive deep into research and make sure sure you have several resources and verified that you are harvesting the correct thing.
Chickweed is anywhere from two to eight inches tall, and usually grows in large mats—many plants right next to each other—making these tiny plants easy to find and identify. They have medium green, teardrop shaped leaves growing on opposite sides of a lighter green stem. When you try to tear the stem, you’ll feel some fibers in the middle continuing to hold it together. It has little, white, star -shaped flowers that grow from buds that appear like dangling pods. Along its stem is a tiny line of hairs going down one side, occasionally alternating from side to side.
Chickweed is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and is great for kidneys and circulation. It is also my go-to herb for minor burn treatment.
It has two poisonous look-alikes. Take note that chickweed does not have white sap. The line of hair along its stem is also very important when distinguishing it from its look-alikes.
Next week I’ll be back with a plant that may surprise you as being useful for herbology!