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Chickweed Tincture

Author: helga

Chickweed Tincture

So much chickweed growing in my garden! So much information on the internet! I knew chickweed was edible and when I looked up information on it’s nutritional content, I found more than I expected. Apparently it has a myriad of medicinal effects as well and is sold as a herbal remedy.  I decided to put the excess chickweed to use.

I gathered a big zip lock bag full of chickweed from my garden and sorted out any dry bits and washed it. Washed a jelly jar and rinsed it with boiling water to make sure it’s sterile. Chopped the chickweed and filled the jar to about half inch from the top. Filled the jar with Everclear covering all the plant material.

Instructions recommend using a consumable alcohol as close to 100 proof as you can find. The stronger the alcohol, the less likely any contaminant can grow. Everclear is listed as 190 Proof and consists of 95% alcohol. Everclear is available for sale in Alberta but depending on where you live it may be unavailable or illegal.

The chemicals and nutrients in the plant are drawn into the alcohol. Remember this tincture is   consumed a few drops at a time, not even a teaspoonful.

The mixture is now left to steep for six weeks and then will be strained and bottled.

Instructions:

http://simple-green-frugal-co-op.blogspot.ca/2010/10/chickweed-tincture-among-other-things.html

A video showing the creation of chickweed tincture with apple cider vinegar:

 

Chickweed and Watermelon

Author: helga

Chickweed

This is chickweed from my garden.  With recent rains, it has been growing faster than my vegetables. Surprisingly it is also tastier than some vegetables. Like we’ve done with dandelions,  for years we have been throwing this plant in the garbage along with it’s great taste and vitamins.  Chickweed  contains  calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, silica, sodium, phosphorus potassium and zinc, It also contains some Vitamin A, some B vitamins  and a little vitamin C.  It tastes  like a fresher, crisper version of watercress.

A super fresh dish to serve on a hot day is a salad of watermelon with chopped chickweed. So good!

Watermelon

 

Chickweed can be added as an extra to green to most salads, to smoothies and to stir fries. They are a delicate plant and don’t stand up well to much heat, so add just shortly before serving if putting them into a cooked dish.

Chickweed has been used for its medicinal properties in herbal medicine. It can be used in tinctures and creams.