Chickweed Extract (Stellaria media)
Chickweed’s Latin name, ‘Stellariastellaria,’ refers to the star-like shape of its delicate, white flowers. Chickweed is found in most gardens in the U.K. It is prolific in fields, wastelands, cultivated ground and woods in the U.S.A.
It was an edible, green food source, providing nutrition through the colder months, and provided food for birds. Chickweed was used by physicians in the 1600s and is well documented by Culpepper in ‘The English Physician Enlarged.’
For centuries, herbalists have used chickweed for its soothing and cooling qualities reduce itching associated with dry skin conditions such as eczema.