How to Brew Chickweed Tea
Chickweed is Actually an Herb
One of the first weeds to emerge in the spring is Stellaria media, or more commonly known as that scourge of the lawn, chickweed. Since I am a Master Gardener, and very familiar will all types of weeds, I noticed a patch of it growing in one of my flower borders today as I was on the way to the mailbox. The weather here on the Delmarva Peninsula has been unusually warm for February, and Little Miss Chickweed has definitely used it to her advantage, spreading her tiny green self everywhere in the warm, moist soil. Unlike my neighbors, I do not use weedkiller on my lawn or in my flower beds. The dandylions flourish, and I have the delightful benefit of watching the goldfinches chomp on the white seed heads.
Anyone desiring to grow their own little patch of Chickweed to use for chickweed tea need only find one plant and either transplant it, or wait until the seedheads emerge with hundreds of seeds per plant. Simply sprinkle the chickweed seeds over moist soil and pat them down or sprinkle a bit of loose soil over them. This is a very invasive plant, so be mindful of where you plant it.
Chickweed Tea is Easy to Make
Because chickweed tea was featured on a recent Dr. Oz episode as a diet tea, and, as I am trying to lose a few unwanted pounds, I was actually looking for it so I could brew a cup of tea. Chickweed contains potassium and magnesium which reduces bloating and also acts as a detox. Dr. Oz recommends drinking 1 cup in the afternoon for maximum benefits.
2 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped chickweed
1 cup boiling water.
Directions: Wash and dry freshly picked chickweed leaves. Chop fine and place in teacup. Pour boiling water over chickweed and allow to steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
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