The Magic of Chickweed
Chances are if you’ve seen weeds, you’ve seen chickweed. There is not a country on this planet where chickweed does not exist, and where she grows, she grows in overwhelming abundance, so she is hard to miss. Many gardeners consider chickweed a nuisance. She is voracious, hard to get rid of, and will dominate any landscape she finds balanced and suitable for her growth.
But one person’s nuisance is another one’s bounty because to find a field of chickweed to find a treasure trove of an herb that has potent magical and medicinal qualities. From a chickweed salve that can soothe burns and clear up skin disorders, to a chickweed pesto recipe that can actually help with weight loss, it only takes a little resourcefulness and creativity to realize the power, magic, and healing that lies within chickweed.
Chickweed Represents Balance
Chickweed seeks soil that has balanced conditions. It does not like soil that is too acidic or too dry. However, if the conditions are right, chickweed can grow anywhere, from compost heaps to cracks in the sidewalk, as long as the conditions are balanced enough for it to thrive.
What Chickweed Tells us about Relationships and Community
Chickweed prefers to grow in groups and clusters, but even within these clusters each flower maintains its own individuality, and survives and thrives in balance with every other sprig of chickweed it shares its space with.
Chickweed teaches us a valuable lesson when it comes to our relationships in that it teaches us how to live in balance with ourselves and those around us.
Chickweed expresses the magic of balance within a group. Each sprig of chickweed has its own individuality that it expresses, yet it still lives in union and harmony within the cluster where it grows.
How Chickweed Teaches us the Power of Persistence
Chickweed is very difficult to get rid of. To completely remove it from an environment can require repeated tilling during dry weather, completely burying the herb, or plowing it under just as Winter arrives, and even then, there are no guarantees you will have rid yourself of her.
In chickweed’s persistence and stubbornness, you can see her express her enduring and persevering energy. Her seeds can remain fertile and germinate for up to 40 years, and even under the thickest blanket of snow, she can still survive and thrive. Only the harshest frost is enough to take her down.
Chickweed’s Protective Power
Chickweed has protective energies. Characteristic of chickweed is a thin strip of fur that can only be found along one side of the stem. This strip of fur provides a modicum of protection for this very strong plant. Her white petals also express the protective energies laden within the plant.
The Sun, Moon, and Chickweed
Chickweed is connected to Lunar energies. It is connected to women’s cycles and is even used as an herbal remedy for menstrual aches and pains.
Chickweed’s scientific name is Stellaria media, which means “mid-sized star,” due to its star-shaped petals.
Chickweed’s Connection to Birds
Chickweed is connected to animal energies, specifically birds. It gets its name from the fact that it is often fed to baby chickens. Its seeds also rely on animals and birds to travel from place to place, and it is commonly fed to poultry and farm animals.
Love and Chickweed
Chickweed has magical associations with love. It is believed that carrying a sprig of chickweed can attract love.
Putting a little chickweed in your partner’s dish can strengthen fidelity and help maintain a good marriage.
As per European folklore, carrying a sprig of chickweed is said to help promote the loyalty and faithfulness of a loved one.
To attract love, consider mixing chickweed, roses, and orange blossoms into your bath water.
Chickweed’s Travel Magic
Although chickweed is Native to Europe, its seeds have traveled far and wide to every corner of the planet. There is not a country on Earth you can go where chickweed cannot be found.
Chickweed employs many modes of travel. The seeds are carried underfoot, by the wind, ants, and animals to travel throughout the world with relative ease.
Chickweed was also familiar amongst sailors, who would use chickweed vinegar to stave off scurvy when fresh citrus was not available.
Fertility and Abundance and Chickweed’s Wheelhouse
Chickweed has a copious amount of seeds, hence why it is often associated with fertility and abundance.
A chickweed plant typically carries a minimum of 10 seeds, although they have been known to carry up to an impressive 2,000 seeds!
Chickweed growing in the garden attracts abundance to the home.
The Lucky Power of Chickweed
Chickweed has an interesting connection to the energy of Luck. It is one of the seven herbs included in a symbolic porridge dish for a Japanese festival called Nanakusa-no-sekku.
The Japanese use seven, different herbs in this symbolic dish, including shepherd’s purse, nipplewort, and radishes, and during preparation petition the energies of good fortune as they cut the nanakusa (seven grasses or herbs).
How Chickweed Heals*
Chickweed is a surprisingly potent medicinal herb. It has been used to heal inflammation, boost metabolism, treat skin disorders and bruises, and poison ivy irritation and burns.
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