A plant that is a European native growing in the colder seasons, chickweed has been a staple in folk medicine for centuries. This natural anti-inflammatory can be used directly to injuries as a poultice, crushing the fresh leaves and applying to wounds to speed up healing. It has a similar effect by using infusions of this herb and massaging it into inflamed, itchy or damaged skin. Few side effects are recorded but this potent plant is best to avoid when you are pregnant.
This is a plant that many people have heard of, perhaps by its traditional name 'knitbone', and has a reputation for needing caution. It is not a plant that should be used internally, however, the safety and usefulness of chickweed holds well when used topically. There is evidence to suggest it relieves pain, and it can be used on closed wounds to speed up healing. Some research suggests it's an aide for treating osteoarthritis, injuries such as ankle sprain and even lower or upper back pain. This is a potent plant and is best to avoid when pregnant.
Good old-fashioned peppermint, it is great for a fresh breath, we all know. It's also great for skincare, as it has antiseptic and antipruritic qualities (or, in plain English: treating itchiness) that could help with calming infected or itchy skin. Especially the cooling sensation will help stop the urge to scratch, thereby promoting the healing process.
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