5. Soothing Chickweed
Chickweed is a wild plant that frequently grows on lawns in temperate climates. It is easy to grow in a garden or pot. Chickweed is not fussy, but grows best in partial sun with rich soil.
The easiest way to consume chickweed is to grow it and toss its fleshy vitamin and mineral-rich leaves in a salad. If at all possible, it should be used fresh for herbal preparations. If fresh chickweed is unavailable, I suggest buying it freeze-dried.
Chickweed works very well internally, however, where it really excels is a topical remedy for psoriasis and other skin problems. It’s mucilaginous leaves cool, soothe, and protect the skin. Chickweed reduces cracking, scaling, redness, inflammation, and itchiness.
Here is a simple recipe for a topical chickweed oil:
- Crush fresh chickweed leaves.
- Place them in a sterilized jar.
- Cover the leaves with evening primrose oil.
- The amount of oil to use depends upon the volume of chickweed you have. Be sure to cover the leaves completely.
- Place a cover on the jar and shake the oil blend each day. Make sure that the chickweed remains completely submerged, adding extra oil if necessary.
- After two weeks, strain out the chickweed. Apply the oil to lesions two to three times each day.
Unlike most other herbal remedies, this herbal oil works quickly.
Herbal remedies are safe and effective options to use for psoriasis. They heal, nourish, provide comfort and improve the appearance of your skin.
Generally speaking, they take time to work, but given a chance, herbal remedies provide lasting healing effects.