Monday, 4 April 2016

Chickweed by Unity

Chickweed -by Unity
(Stellaria media)

Other names : Bird's eye, Chickenwort, Chicken's meat, Cluckenweed, Mischievous Jack, Murren, Satinflower, Scarewort, Skirt buttons, Tongue grass, White bird's eye, Starweed, Winter weed, Adder's mouth, Chick Whittles.

Planetry ruler : Moon
Element : Water
Gender : Female
Powers : Fidelity, love, fertility, dreams, protection, moon magic, bird and animal magic.
Associated deities : Brigantia
Actions : Anti-rheumatic, vulnerary, emollient

Chickweed is an annual Spring plant that is native to Europe and Asia but is found throughout the world. It grows in fields, gardens, waste ground, and along streams, roads and hedgerows. It's a floppy sprawling plant with soft green leaves and tiny star-like white flowers.

Chickweed is high in vitimins A and C, saponins and minerals including iron, copper, magnesium and calcium, and can be eaten fresh in mixed leaf salad's or added to soups, stews, juices and smoothies. It has been used for centuries to feed caged birds and many domestic animals and was an old wives remedy for obesity.

Healing uses:

Chickweed makes an excellent external ointment to soothe itches, eczema, bites, stings, rashes, inflammations, minor burns, swelling, sunburn and bruises. It will heal skin problems where heat is involved with it's cooling and soothing properties. It also works well internally to soothe the respiratory and digestive systems including, dry coughs, bronchitis, sore throats, Irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis.

A strong infusion of chickweed can be added to a bath to soothe widespread itchiness and any sore dry skin conditions. The fresh leaves can be wrapped in muslin and used as a poultice for smaller areas. An old wives tale suggests chickweed infusion can be used as a slimming aid, and some modern herbalist still use it as such, although I've never tried it myself. Chickweed contains saponins which can cause stomach upsets in large quantities, so it is best eaten in moderation. Saponins work at a cellular level to increase absorbtion of nutrients and to remove any wastes and blockages. People with allergies to the daisy family may also react to chickweed. 
NOT TO BE TAKEN INTERNALLY BY PREGNANT AND NURSING WOMEN OR CHILDREN.

Magical uses:

Chickweed can be added to pouches and poppets to attract love or added to your partners food to encourage fideltiy, although it's not a good idea to do this behind your partners back. A sprig or pouch under the bed will work just as well.

It can also be added to poppets for fertility magic, probably due to the huge amounts of seeds it produces.

Bring peace and protection to your home by pouring the cooled infusion into a spray bottle and spritzing around your home, or use it as a floor wash.

Burn it as an incense to attract love into your life and for moon magic.

Pouches or sprigs of chickweed can also be carried or hung up by your front door for protection.

Keep a sprig under your pillow to enhance your dreams and aid sleep.

Chickweed can also be used for any bird and animal work.

Chickweed bath for itchy skin:

Put a couple of handfuls of fresh chickweed in a sock or tie in square ofmuslin with a piece of string which can then be hung under your bath's hot tap so that the water runs through it. You can also add oats for extra soothing and healing properties if you want.
Run your bath and gently sqeeze the sock or bag in the water to release more of it's contents. Alternatively make a strong infusion of chickweed and add this to your bath.

Chickweed soup

1 medium onion, finely diced
2 small potatoes, finely diced
1 litre of vegetable or chicken stock
2 good handfuls of fresh chickweed
water
Tbsp of butter and a splash of olive oil.

Remove the big stalks from the chickweed and rinse well. Melt the butter in olive oil in a large saucepan. Saute the onion until soft. Add potatoes and stir for a couple of minutes. Add a little water, just enough to cover the potatoes, bring to boil and simmer untilt hey are soft. Add the stock, bring to boil again, add the chickweed and simmer for about 10 minutes. Blend well with a hand blender. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy !

Full moon incense

2 parts chickweed
2 parts lemon balm
1 part marjoram
1 part white sandalwood
1 part frankincense


Unity


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