Chickweed – for times of transition


essence in 50% brandy and water

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


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


Chickweed stellaria media


I step outside my studio, knowing that somewhere in my garden chickweed will be sprawling out, soft, tender and delicious. It prefers to grow in the ‘tended’ areas of the garden. Once you discover the sweetness of chickweed it’s hard not to keep an eye out for it in the garden. Great in salads, it’s also a wonderful grazing herb. It has a slight salty taste that indicates its high mineral content. The leaves of chickweed 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 throughout the year though it tends to be more prolific in the spring and autumn than in the middle of summer, preferring the damp and cool. Chickweed soothes. It soothes the whole digestive tract and itching on the skin. Nicholas Culpepper described it as, ‘a fine, soft pleasing herb under the dominion of the moon.’
Mrs M Grieves in a Western Herbal describes how chickweed does something that she terms ‘sleep of plants’  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. This protective gesture can also indicate the nourishing quality of this plant for it is a highly nutritious mineral rich food source. It contains saponins – naturally occurring soap like compounds – these increase the permeability of mucous membranes, and the absorption of nutrients.

Chickweed Essence

Chickweed by Leila Lees Lasavia Healing

Chickweed essence is used as a remedy in times of transition. It supports a person in the first stages of grief, helping to assimilate a situation that is unexpected or where the circumstances are unforeseen. It is gentle and unassuming, yet surprisingly strong and insistent. It has a quality of deep nourishment and assimilation, enabling us to nourish ourselves on all planes.

Chickweed helps us to let go of what is no longer in alignment. This remedy is good for those who cling to what feels safe even though it is outmoded. This remedy is good for those who are unable to let go or step out into the world, particularly when they are anxious and overwhelmed. 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 realise the contributions we already make, thus emboldening our confidence and self-esteem. It also assists us to accept differences in others. When experiencing envy, it enables us look at our own desires and expectations allowing us to see clearly what is appropriate and supportive in our lives.
Chickweed essences are 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. The plant’s gesture is nourishing, protective, gentle and encompassing, aided by a delectable sense of humour.

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