Late winter and early spring is the glorious season for Chickweed! The freezing temperatures don’t seem to deter this hardy weed. Her bright green clumps can be found pulsing with life, tucked away under the last blanket of snow. She’s one of the first spring greens that everyone wants to eat; people, livestock, and especially chickens!
I’ve expressed my appreciation for chickweed before, and mentioned in that post how I used the healing powers of chickweed to get rid of a bartholin cyst. The fresh chickweed worked like a champ to shrink that cyst into nothingness; however, what am I supposed to do in the warmer months when chickweed isn’t so prolific?
To that end, I’ve figured out a great way to preserve fresh chickweed….freezing it into ice cubes (or ice tubes, in my case).
- Harvest some fresh chickweed. Try to get some before mid-April, the early and chill growth is much better, in my experience.
- Rinse off your chickweed with cool water to remove buggies and dust, and pick through to remove any dead leaves.
- Toss your chickweed in your blender (I use a NutriBullet (ad)) and add a bit of water. Give it a spin and see how it is going. Add as much water as you need to just get a frothy puree.
- Pour your puree into ice cube trays. In this case, I used a small tube-shaped ice cube tray. This will let me break off small chunks of frozen goodness as I need it throughout the year! If you have a cute ice tray the ones at the bottom of the post, it might be a good idea to use those since they are small and easy to pop out of the tray!
- Once the chickweed puree is frozen well, simply pop them into a bag, label it well, and stick them back in the freezer until you need them!
Using Chickweed Cubes
- These are perfect to use for external use to help cool off and treat skin inflammations. It’s a big help with ulcers, cysts, hemorrhoids (piles), minor burns, or rashes. Chickweed is an antidote to nettle stings, too.
- You can also eat chickweed, although it can have a laxative effect if you eat too much of it. It has often been used as a helper for weight loss, and it is a minor diuretic. This can be attributed to the saponin content. Try throwing one of these ice cubes into a smoothie!
Botanical: A Modern Herbal – http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/chickw60.html
The Practical Herbalist – http://www.thepracticalherbalist.com/holistic-medicine-library/chickweed-skin-rejuvenator/