Chickweed tea is a potion made from an herb that grows wild throughout North America and Europe. This healthy herb is used for a variety of illnesses, including sinus concerns, coughs, digestive issues, and skin problems.
It is found in lawns and open spaces. Chickens love to eat chickweed, which is how the herb gets its name.
The herb is also called stellaria media, tongue grass, adder's mouth, satin flower, chick wittles, star weed and winter weed.
To to use chickweed in brewed form, it is best to use fresh or dried herb, which you may be able to find in health food stores.
The herb may also be distributed as tinctures or liquid extracts but generally these should not be made into teas.
Directions for Making Tea
Generally, use the freshest herb you can find when making chickweed
tea. Fresh herbs retain their nutritional values better. However, if fresh is
unavailable, a powdered or dried version may be used as a substitute.
To brew your tea, use 3 tablespoons of fresh herb or 2 teaspoons of dry herb per 1 cup of water. Preparation varies whether you are using fresh or try herbs.
Method for Making with Dried Chickweed
Boil the water in a saucepan. Remove from heat and pour the water into a cup.
Add the herb to the cup. Let the mixture steep for at least 5 minutes.
Strain out the herb and drink the tea while it is still hot.
Method for Making with Fresh Chickweed
Place fresh herb in a cup. Boil the water in a saucepan. Pour hot water over the fresh herb in the cup.
Allow the herb to sit in the hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain out the herb and drink the tea while it is still hot.
Please Take Note
Brewed chickweed is thought to have diuretic properties, so do not drink too much at one time or you may become dehydrated.
Women who are pregnant women, people taking medication, and children, should not drink this tea.
Always talk with your doctor before consuming any herbal teas or products for medicinal purposes.