Chickweed is a small, delectable plant that has smooth stem with a line of hair running along it like a horse’s mane. It has a tiny white flower with 10 petals in five directions. According to some, chickweed can be found almost everywhere, like near sidewalks, around telephone poles, and, of course, in one’s hard.

This simple garden weed can be harvested and used for both food and medicine. Chickweed leaves, stems, and flowers can all be eaten either raw or cooked, where it adds a delicate spinach-like taste to any dish. The plant can also be used as a topical poultice for minor cuts, burns, or rashes.

The Amish have used a chickweed salve as a skin healer. The salve has been known to help poison ivy issues.
Chickweed is very nutrient dense and is high in Vitamin A, B, C, magnesium, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium. It also helps metabolism, and helps to eliminate waste and soothe inflammation.

Chickweed is considered a “slimming remedy” for those having an underactive thyroid. It has a folk reputation for being a “slimming remedy” when the underactive thyroid is a cause of weight gain.

The following is pesto made using chickweed:
Chickweed Pesto
Ingredients: ½ cup olive oil, 1 cup of chickweed, small handful of garlic mustard or 2 cloves of garlic, walnuts or pine nuts, salt and pepper for taste and (optional) 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese.

Two other known edible weeds are the amaranth and curly dock each having medicinal purposes as the other weeds mentioned in this series of articles.

The leaves of the wild amaranth can help any dish needing leafy greens. The seeds of the wild amaranth can be gathered and cooked as a whole grain or as a ground meal.

The leaves of the curly dock can be eaten raw when young or cooked with older. The stems of the dock plant can be peeled and eaten either cooked or raw and the mature seeds can be boiled, or eaten raw, or roasted to make a coffee substitute.

In making a coffee substitute, the seeds must be roasted and then grounded into a powder and then add hot water.

Be sure to check out, “Lost Book of Remedies,” which contains several pictures to help one identify the weed or plant. The book goes into depth about hundreds of healing plants, including weeds. It’s must-need for ALL wanting to find a way to either cut-back on pharmaceutical drugs or high medical expenses. Wouldn’t it be amazing that every plant or weed that grows in your yard offers food at your table along with providing medicinal remedies?

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. As with any suggestion concerning food or medicine, speak with a notable professional to learn more.

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