A friend has had an eczema flare-up and being the nature-loving woman she is, has not reached for the steroid creams, but has bought some chickweed cream instead. Apparently it works!
But what is it?
Despite sounding like something you’d find growing on a farm underneath the bottom of a chicken or its hatched babies, chickweed is actually a common plant and found right across Europe and North America. It is a low-growing annual and is thin and hairy at the stem with pointed oval leaves. When it flowers, which is pretty much all year round, this hardy weed has lovely little white, star-shaped petals.
What’s it good for?
Chickweed has been used as in folk medicine for centuries to cure or treat asthma, blood disorders, conjunctivitis, constipation, inflammation, dyspepsia, skin ailments, and obesity (according to Drugs.com). Its extract is ingested to treat has been used internally as a demulcent – putting a soothing film over mucus membrane for bad coughs. Typically it is used in cream or ointment form for rashes and sores – like eczema. Chickweed can even be eaten in salads. Homeopaths use it to relieve rheumatic pains and psoriasis too.
Chickweed is especially effective for eczema when mixed with calendula cream. On the Everything For Eczema website, their version has been formulated in this way and says it can soothe and heal chafing, sore red skin patches and is good for sensitive skin. Calendula has been used by herablists for many years to reduce inflammation. The owner of the site is a mum of a child with eczema so understands the hard work involved in caring sore and itchy skin.
Their cream, which you can buy here, is velvety and thick and has been handmade in Wales using cold pressed, organic oils, rich in both vitamins and minerals. The beeswax they use is from a ‘very special beekeeper’ who lives close to them in the Welsh hills. Definitely one of our favourite creams!
photo credit: Everything For Eczema