Stellaria Media is also commonly known as chickweed. It is a perennial herb that is native to a few parts of Europe. It is a staple diet given to Chickens. Colloquially it is also referred to as Chickenwort, Maruns, Winterweed as well as Craches. This plant germinates in winters and its flowers are small white in color. This herb belongs to the family of N.O.Caryophyllaceae and is also known as life root or Sqauw weed.
Stellaria Media is majorly available in the Brooks Range in Alaska. There are numerous plants that look like this perennial herb but lack the medicinal as well as culinary properties of Stellaria Media. This medicinal herb can easily be distinguished from its other family members by the proper examination of its stem. Stellaria has fine hair on one side of the stem only which is its unique characteristic.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STELLARIA MEDIA
Stellaria media is edible, nutritious and considered to be a delicacy in a few parts of the world. It is a leafy vegetable which is usually eaten raw in salads. Japanese use the Stellaria Media in a dish called Nankusa-no-sekku which is prepared during festivals. The common preparation of this herb is in the form of decoctions, tea, infusions as well as poultice.
This plant is grown commonly in the gardens, backyards and fields of almost all homes of Europe and North America.
This herb has been known to be used in folk medicine for the remedy of itchy skin conditions as well as pulmonary diseases. It is stated that John Gerard recommended this herb for the remedy of the ailment called mange. Modern day herbalists use this plant extract in controlled quantities to primarily relieve problems such as bronchitis, arthritis, menstrual cramps as well as skin diseases.
THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF STELLARIA MEDIA
Stellaria media is used to relieve a number of common diseases like:
- Common cough and cold complaints
- Kidney irregularities
- Used on burns
- Used for relieving the problem of inflammation
- Effective in relieving the problem of scurvy
- It is recommended for relieving acne
Obese patients are also recommended to use Stellaria Media for relieving their problem of Obesity.
The Stellaria media herb contains Nitrate salts, a saponin and is very rich in Vitamin C content. This herb is currently under research as a relieve for the management of obesity. Research has shown positive results. The method of action is by inhibiting the absorption of fat and carbohydrates by the intestinal digestive enzymes.
CARE FOR AILMENTS
The ailments that this herb can relieve are as follows:
- An infusion of this dried perennial herb is used to relieve cough and hoarseness.
- A mixture of this herb can also be used to relieve problem of kidneys.
- A decoction of the entire plant of Stellaria Media is taken as emmenagogue, galactogogue, post partum depurative as well as an excellent circulatory tonic.
- The Stellaria media is also advised as a management for constipation.
- The Stellaria media can be applied as a therapeutic poultice that helps in relieving any kind of roseola. This herb is also effective wherever there are superficial and fragile veins visible. It is also a proven medicine for itching and other skin condition.
- Chickweed water is also known as an old wives remedy for relieving the problem of acute obesity.
- Stellaria media can be made into a tea and in this is known to be excellent for use as a good acne wash.
- The chickweed tea is also added to the bath of people to help and relieve the issue of burns, rashes, boils as well as sores.
SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONARY TIPS WHILE USING STELLARIA MEDIA
Stellaria media is known to contain Saponins. This compound tastes just like soap and if taken in large quantities can prove to be extremely toxic. Chickweed or Stellaria media has been repeatedly used to cause poisoning in cattle. This condition in animals is also quite rare and occurs only when the animal has eaten large unusual quantities of this perennial herb.
The poisoning caused in animals is scientifically known as nitrate poisoning. There are poorly documented cases of humans reporting of paralysis due to excessive Stellaria media intake. Nonetheless, there is no scientific study to back these claims of the toxic potential of the perennial herb of Stellaria media.
Chickweed or Stellaria media is available everywhere and has been repeatedly used in the ancient medicinal practice. This herb is known to be well tolerated and if it taken without proper guidance it can cause nitrate toxicity.
PLANET AYURVEDA PRODUCTS THAT USE THIS HERB
Currently there are no Planet Ayurveda Products that use this herb as an ingredient in them; however the below mentioned Planet Ayurveda products are useful in some conditions for which Stellaria Media is used:
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