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Chickweed is a great skin herb for many reasons. The main benefit that Dr. Christopher listed for this herb in his List of 100 Herbs is that it can soothe itchy skin. Let's talk a bit more about that and some other benefits of chickweed, as it can be used internally as well as externally.
Chickweed's cooling nature makes it a perfect choice as an herb to apply to the skin when you are dealing with itch. Whether you are itchy because of eczema, a rash, or a bug bite, this herb has the potential to soothe that itch.
The reason it has a cooling nature is because if its high saponin content. This also means that if you drink too much of it, chickweed can cause an upset stomach. But in appropriate amounts it can be a lovely tea and have other benefits, which we will talk more about in a moment.
Because of its cooling and soothing nature, chickweed is a popular herb choice that is often added to salves and lotions. It is usually added by infusion. If you see this as an ingredient in a skin care product, you will know that there is a little bit of extra soothing inside.
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This is a great way to deal with keeping things moving, if you know what I mean. Life is not great when the bowels are not doing their job. Unfortunately, in our society there are many foods that tempt us and stressful lives that can contribute to problems on the potty.
When we have these problems, it is nice to know about some natural solutions to help things along.
Chickweed has what we call demulcent properties, which generally identifies it as an herb used throughout history to help relieve inflammation. In this case—combining chickweed with marshmallow and slippery elm for some extra soothing and support in the digestive area.
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Along with its laxative properties, chickweed can also be helpful as a diuretic. Getting rid of extra water and having the bowels work optimally can go a long way in supporting healthy weight loss.
Chickweed is also high in nutrients, which is a valuable benefit in a weight loss support herb. It is a great source for B vitamins, as well as vitamin C and some important trace minerals like potassium.
There is an additional weight loss benefit. It can work as a natural appetite suppressant as it works to help support the body's process of dissolving excess fat cells.
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As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why this dainty looking herb with its white flowers is a great support both topically and as a nutritional support for the body.
MELANIE SKELTON, MASTER HERBALIST
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