• gift of autumn stars ✨
This fall, I planted some chrysanthemums into a pot of freshly-tilled garden soil. Although it's oft recommended to not use wild Earth in pots since hitch-hiker seeds can get into the mix, I welcome this beloved 'weed' that's sprung up alongside chrysanthemum. It's Stellaria media-- chickweed!
We often find chickweed- with her white star flowers and hairy stems- in the Springtime. Indeed, she prefers the cool weather, and à la doctrine of signatures, her medicine brings soothing coolness to heated inflammation both inside and out.
My favorite way to use Chickweed is fresh in a salad or blended into a wild greens pesto. Harvest just before or as she flowers, but not if she's already gone to seed. This little star shines pack-full of chlorophyll (which makes you smell good!), vitamins (C, A, and Bs) and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Since these minerals extract well into vinegar, you might choose to throw some autumn chickweed into this winter's batch of fire cider for a boost!
If you live in a climate that's cooled down enough for her to spring back up, see if you can find chickweed around. And then perhaps grab a little nibble :) Green Blessings to y'all 💚