Native to Europe, chickweed was introduced to North America and other continents by immigrants who valued it as an herb. Normally considered as a weed..bless.. but has its uses in salves or balms as a remedy for irritated skin, rashes, acne, bug bites or stings, burns, eczema, wounds, and warts. It can also be used to reduce swelling, bruising, and the appearance of varicose veins. Chickweed is a common herbal remedy for hemorrhoids and shingles too. Teas or tinctures made with chickweed clear up cough and congestion, soothe upset stomachs, and cleanse the liver, bladder, and kidneys. The anti-inflammatory benefits of chickweed eases joint pain in arthritis sufferers.
A “soother” then when it comes to magickal uses, whether it is to calm hot tempers, softens argue me ya and loggerheads with others where one judgement presides above another. A fixer of temperaments and maintains relationships on an even keel. Chickweed is ruled by the Water element, and the moon, and has a moistening, cooling effect on the body's tissues.
A herb of the Goddesses, she in her natural state is tender, but strong and unrelenting; coming out as the weather turns to Autumn being able to withstand and hold up to the changeable season. Useful then when things are against you, when tides need to be turned to your favour.
It possesses an independent streak, being a plant that self-pollinates requiring no input from others to proliferate or grow. When working with chickweed as a magickal plant, use for spells or charms relating to when you need that independence to start something new, or break away from those who are holding you back.
It can be picky on where it grows, requiring the right set of circumstances - but this is not a bad attribute to have. Why settle for anything less than you deserve, which can be useful in Magick when you need to hold steadfast and not settle for second best.
Susan Weed (Herbalist) creates a healing Triple Goddess Elixir by combining chickweed with Motherwort and Mugwort:
"(Triple Goddess Elixir) ... is curative for any problem that a woman encounters. It can dissolve cysts in the ovaries and breasts, regulate menses, ease menopausal symptoms, strengthen the nerves and the heart, and increase serenity as well."
Use for when you require balance in your life, to adjust to an equilibrium and bring things back to a calm and centred state.
Use in bath teas, poppets, incenses, spell charms and bags, anointing candles (great for Goddess workings). Carry chickweed with you in a pouch or use in Spells to attract love, maintain a relationship and keep the fidelity strong. Add a handful to a bath sachet to bathe in before going on a date to increase love connections. It produces many seeds making it a good herb to use in fertility spells, poppets and charm bags. To encourage dreams, add Chickweed to sleep and dream pouches and pillows.
Magick: Balance, Tempering Anger, Healing, Goddess Workings, Moon Working, Fertility, Love, Dreams
Deities: Most Lunar Goddesses such as: Luna, Selene, Diana, Arianhod, Artemis, Hecate, Mani, Phoebe
Also Called: Starweed, Satin Flower, Starwort, Winterweed, Stitchwort, Tongue Grass, Adder's Mouth, Indian Chickweed, Passerina
Comes in a sealed bag weighing approximately 14g (1/2oz).