Chickweed Smoothie – Goodness Greens


Get those good WEEDS into your morning smoothie!

What you say??

There are a number of reasons to eat weeds, and the most obvious one is that weeds are hardy plants. They don’t just magically grow anywhere and thrive simply because they’re strong enough to make it wherever they end up, which translates into high levels of nutrients, many of which are medicinal and useful for treating specific conditions, exactly as people have been doing since EVER!

Wild grown weeds are basically far more nutrient dense and fresher than the stuff you find in the supermarket, making a wild weed the ultimate organic plant. It gets no help from anyone: there’s no pest control, no fertilisers, just Mother Nature’s grand plan.

So assuming you don’t pick weeds that have been sprayed, or the ones growing in polluted conditions on the side of the road, and you pick edible ones, then you’re onto a winner (the edible part of that equation is quite important).

So this morning my smoothie is getting the lovely weed CHICKWEED added as part of my mix of leafy greens.

Chickweed is a reasonably small annual weed. It can germinate and grow at any time of the year, and commonly germinates in autumn and grows through winter, thus acting as a winter annual. It is very commonly found in gardens, especially in winter and spring.

So what will chickweed do for me?

It’s therapeutic benefits can help with constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a Vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain and help keep my body in an alkaline state.

However, it should be noted that using excessive amounts of chickweed may lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, so ideally, as is the case with many other herbs, use chickweed in moderation.

Chickweed should also be avoided if you’re pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

In this mornings smoothie I had soaked almonds, LSA, blackcurrants, avocado, beetroot, kale, chickweed, spinach, water and a scoop of Vital Greens….I’m good to go!

Justine Laidlaw
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