Chickweed

Stelaria media

Stitchwort, Flower of Satin, Starweed, Yin chai hu (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Native to

Northern Hemisphere

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.


Parts Used:

  • Leaves

  • Flowers

  • Roots

Medicinal Actions

Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings. 

  • Alterative: Potentially aids in the alteration of the course of an illness

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antimicrobial: Slows or stops the spread of microorganisms, particularly those that spread pathogens

  • Anti-Ulcer: gastro-protective that can aid in the relief and healing of ulcers

  • Astringent: causes skin cells and bodily tissues to contract

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Demulcent: Eases inflammation and irritation from mucous glands

  • Emollient: Softens or smoothes the skin

  • Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of the gunk in your respritory system, typically used to treat coughs

  • Galactagogue: Aids lactation

  • Lymphatic: Supports the clearing and healthy drainage from tissues

  • Nutrient: Provides nourishment

  • Refrigerant: Cools you down

  • Vulnerary: Helps to heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

Note: Just because we do not have the information, does not mean it is not out there. Happy researching! And check back, more is added each month!

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Moon

  • Element(s): Feminine

  • Gender: Water

  • Energy: Cooling, Diffusive, Moistening

  • Taste: Mild, Slightly Salty, Slightly Sweet

Warning: Medications

Alteratives can have an interaction with some medications.

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Magical Properties

  • Animal Magic

  • Clarity

  • Fidelity

  • Healing

  • Love

  • Protection

  • Purification

  • Star Magic

  • Transformation

  • Warding

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?