Chickweed – Stellaria media – Awesome facts No. 4 is the Best!

Feb 5, 2024

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Chickweed - Stellaria media - Herb of the Month

1. Introduction:

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a common, low-growing herbaceous plant with a rich history of traditional use in both human and veterinary medicine. This monograph focuses on the potential benefits and applications of chickweed for animals.

2. Botanical Description:

Stellaria media is a member of the Caryophyllaceae family, characterized by its small, star-shaped white flowers and delicate, oval-shaped leaves. It thrives in various climates and is often found in gardens, fields, and open areas. It tastes mild and slightly sweet. Aerial parts are used (leaf, stem, flowers).

3. Active Constituents:

This little herbal plant contains various bioactive compounds, including saponins, flavonoids, mucilage, vitamins (such as vitamin C), minerals, and essential fatty acids. These constituents contribute to the herb’s nutritive and potential therapeutic effects. In a recent study it was found, that Chickweed’s secondary “bioactive metabolites displayed diverse pharmacological activities such as anti-obesity, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidiabetic and anxiolytic activities” (1)

4. Traditional Uses in Animals:

Skin Conditions: Chickweed has traditionally been used topically to address skin conditions in animals, such as itching, rashes, and minor wounds. Its soothing properties may help alleviate discomfort and promote healing.

Digestive Support: Stellaria media is believed to have mild digestive benefits, potentially aiding in the relief of digestive disturbances in animals. This includes soothing irritated digestive tissues and supporting overall gastrointestinal health.

5. Modern Research and Evidence:

While there is limited scientific research specifically focused on chickweed’s effects in animals, some studies suggest its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties may contribute to its traditional uses in skin conditions and digestive support. Another study on rats found that the use of Stellaria media tea “ was neither toxic nor caused alterations in liver or kidney functions and cardiac morphology (…). This suggests a safe use of Stellaria media tea. “ (2)

6. Administration:

Topical Use: For skin conditions, a poultice or infused oil containing fresh or dried plant parts can be applied topically to the affected area.

Internal Use: Chickweed can be included in animals’ diets, either fresh or dried. It may be added to their food or prepared as an herbal tea and mixed with water.

7. Precautions:

Allergic Reactions: Monitor animals for any signs of allergic reactions, although this herb is generally considered safe for most animals. Avoid using Chickweed in cases of hypersensitivities.

Dosage: Ensure proper dosage, as excessive consumption may lead to gastrointestinal upset. Sheep and lambs that are eating excessive amounts of Stellaria media are known to develop GI upsets.

8. Consultation with a Veterinarian trained in Herbal medicine

Before introducing chickweed or any herbal supplement to your pet or horse, it is advisable to consult with a veterinarian who is trained in Veterinary herbal medicine. They can provide guidance on dosage, potential interactions with medications, and individual suitability.


This herb, with its historical use and potential therapeutic properties, may offer a natural and holistic approach to supporting skin health and digestive well-being in animals. Further research is warranted to fully understand its efficacy and safety profile in veterinary applications. Always consult with a veterinarian before incorporating chickweed or any herbal remedy into your pet’s health care regimen.

(1) Oladeji OS, Oyebamiji AK. Stellaria media (L.) Vill.- A plant with immense therapeutic potentials: phytochemistry and pharmacology. Heliyon. 2020 Jun 7;6(6):e04150. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04150. PMID: 32548330; PMCID: PMC7284062.

(2) Demján V, Kiss T, Siska A, Szabó MR, Sárközy M, Földesi I, Csupor D, Csont T. Effect of Stellaria media Tea on Lipid Profile in Rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020 Jan 24;2020:5109328. doi: 10.1155/2020/5109328. PMID: 32047525; PMCID: PMC7003252.

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