Chickweed – For times of transition


For times of transition and the first stages of grief.
‘I am able to assimilate and receive nourishment’.


Lasavia Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals and insects delivered to you with the utmost care.  The resolve of Lasavia is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an Essence into your being.  We suggest you put a few drops in water and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the Essence that you have chosen.

Chickweed, Stellaria Media

ChickweedFor times of transition and first stages of grief, able to assimilate and receive nourishment.

‘The chickweed is also an instance of what is termed the ‘ Sleep of Plants’ for every night the leaves approach each other, so that their upper surfaces fold over the tender buds of the new shoots, and the uppermost pair but one of the leaves at the end of the stalk are furnished with longer leaf stalks than the others, so that they can close upon the terminating pair and protect the tip of the shoot’ – Mrs Grieve

‘It is a fine soft pleasing herb under the dominion of the moon.’

Once you discover the sweetness of chickweed its hard not to keep an eye out for it in the garden. It’s a wonderful grazing herb. It has a slight salty taste that indicates its mineral content. It tends to grow in the spring and autumn rather than the middle of summer, preferring the damp and cool. It sprawls over the garden taking up space.

Family Name: Caryophyllaceae

Physical Attributes

An annual herb, the leaves are oval and grow in opposite pairs. The flowers are small, white and have five petals with deep clefts. The flowers resemble stars with narrow sepals. The fruit are found on elongated drooping stalks and produce tiny yellow-orange seeds. Chickweed readily self sows and will grow through out the year. It prefers cool, shady and damp spots, and grows best during spring and autumn. It is delicious in salads and is great to browse. Chickweed is a highly nutritious mineral rich food source. The saponins – naturally occurring soap like compounds – increase the permeability of mucous membranes, increasing the absorption of nutrients. Chickweed soothes the whole digestive tract. It sooths itching.

The Essence

For times of transition and first stages of grief, able to assimilate and receive nourishment.

Chickweed supports a person in the first stages of grief, helping to assimilate a situation that is unexpected or where circumstances are unforseen. It is gentle and unassuming, yet surprisingly strong and insistent. It has the quality of deep nourishment and assimilation, enabling us to nourish ourselves on all planes; physically, emotionally and mentally.

Chickweed helps us to let go of what is no longer in alignment. This remedy is for those who cling to what feels safe even though it is outmoded. This remedy is for those unable to let go, unable to stand up to the world, and for those moments when the world feels overwhelming. In our culture we work in a highly competitive environment. This impacts our nervous system. Rather than be overwhelmed by feelings of inability and not being able to keep up with others, Chickweed helps us to examine the contributions we make, thus emboldening our confidence and self esteem. Chickweed helps us to accept differences in others. When experiencing envy, Chickweed helps us look at our own desires and expectations allowing us to see clearly what is appropriate and supportive in our lives.

Chickweed is a good remedy for children or even infants, helping them through weaning or when they need support through transitional stages of growth. It is connected to the lungs and touches the heart chakra. For those of us who drift on the oceans of life it will help connect to home. Finally, It can help to clear spiritual baggage connected with our ancestral lineage.

The plant’s gesture is nourishing, protective, gentle and encompassing; aided with a delicious sense of humour it can help us to assimilate to change, knowing that life is movement.