Chickweed is an annual and perennial flowering plant that has earned the reputation of weed over the past seasons. It comes from the Caryophyllaceae family and is sometimes termed as common chickweed. As the name indicates, it serves as an important food source for the poultry.
Chickweed is characterized by fragile hairy stems, adorned by oval leaves that are arranged in an opposite manner. Its tiny white flowers possess petals whereas; some plants do not have petals.
Commonly hailed as Satin flower, bindweed, starwood, starwort, and whatnot, is a low, spreading weed that flourishes upon the exposure of cold and wet weather. Apart from its invasive nature, no one would dare to kill chickweed if its medicinal benefits get pronounced universally. The plant is highly respected in homeopathy where it is used to support psoriasis and rheumatism. Traditionally, it is used to help with asthma, inflammation, constipation, blood disorders, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, dyspepsia, and weight gain.
Certain chromatographic studies prove the presence of saponins, flavonoids, coumarins, hydroxycoumarins, Vitamin C, and triterpenoids in the chickweed.