When is a weed not a weed ?
When the “weed” is growing where you want it and you are able to use it in more than one way.
Chickweed can be used in more than one way:
- nutritious chook food
- great addition to salads
- green ground cover offering the naughty “eaters” alternative source of food
- use infused oil on skin various skin conditions
- enjoy the chickweed face mask or scrub
- reduces itchiness on the skin
- good antiseptic used topically
Making an infused herb oil
- pick the required herb
- gently crush the herb as you full the glass jar
- cover with olive oil
- push the plant material well down and cover totally with the olive oil
- screw the lid on tightly
- leave for 2 weeks to turning or shaking every other day
- strain and squeeze out all the infused oil
- bottle and label and use as required
Chickweed infused oil will keep for 6 – 12 months if stored in cool dark place and bottled in a dark glass jar.
I love making rosemary and basil infused oils to use in salads, cooking and marinades.
Use Chickweed infused oil with gay abandon for various dermatological problems especially sensitive skin types. Can also be added to Aloe Vera gel and to hair treatments as a scalp conditioner.
TIP for making Chickweed Face Mask
- Pick fresh chickweed
- Dry till crispy
- Grind into powder
- Use equal quantities facial clay and powdered chick weed
- Add enough rose water to make the mask paste (you can add some fresh Aloe Vera Gel if you have it handy)
A monthly natural mask will leave your skin feeling luxurious. Enjoy.