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chickweed:

see pinkpink,
common name for some members of the Caryophyllaceae, a family of small herbs found chiefly in north temperate zones (especially the Mediterranean area) but with several genera indigenous to south temperate zones and high altitudes of tropical mountains.
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Found almost everywhere and grows year round, even winter under snow. Most people think it’s an obnoxious weed, but it tastes good and is good for you. Whole plant is edible. Harvest young leafy stem tips, buds and flowers. Cut off and use the top 2 inches, not below that or it all be to fibrous and straw-like. Leaves and stems can be made into a tea, leaves and whitish flowers make a great salad. Chickweed is one of the best bronchial decongestants. Anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflamed lungs, bowels and stomach. Antioxidant, antihistamine, reduces sinus congestion, bronchitis, circulatory problems. Juice is antiseptic. Used to reduce body fat- especially cellulite, remove plaque from arteries, build nerve tissue, regulate thyroid, dissolve cysts and tumors, alkalize the blood, heal ulcers, remove old hard crusty dried mucus from the colon, neutralize toxins, stimulate lymph and glands, laxative properties, kidney issues, rheumatism. A complete B complex. Regulates intestinal flora. High vitamin C; ascorbic-acid, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, zinc, copper, and Gammalinolenic- acid. Smooth stems to about a foot long, one row of tiny hairs growing in a row on one side of the stem, switching to other side at each pair of opposite, oval pointed leaves. Small white flowers with five petals so deeply notched that they look like ten petals. No milky sap in stem. Grind seeds into powder to add to meals, drinks, porridge and breads. Do not take if pregnant. TOXIC NEIGHBOR- Scarlet Pimpernel (Scarlet pimpernel)- often grows mixed with chickweed. Has square stem and orange or reddish flowers with 5 wide petals. Scarlet pimpernel has smooth stems while Chickweed has some small hairs along one edge and white flowers with what looks like 10 thin petals.

Chickweed

 

(Stellaria media), an annual plant of the family Caryophyllaceae. It grows on moist soil, in gardens, fields, orchards, and weedy areas, as well as near dwellings; sometimes it is found in forests and thickets. Chickweed is a troublesome weed, predominantly infesting vegetable fields and gardens. It yields two or three generations from spring to fall; it also reproduces vegetatively. Chickweed survives the winter. It sometimes poisons certain agricultural animals and can be fatal; it does not harm hogs and geese.

chickweed

flower symbolizing a rejoining. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 322]
See: Reunion

chickweed

1. any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Stellaria, esp S. media, a common garden weed with small white flowers
2. mouse-ear chickweed any of various similar and related plants of the genus Cerastium