People trying to lose weight sometimes take pills to increase the metabolism rate and burn calories. Chemical based pills may or may not be very effective but they sure do a long-term damage to the vital organs like heart and liver. In the recent years weight watchers have started preferring natural supplements, herbs and essential oils over chemical based pills, as they are packed with natural metabolism boosters and are a safer option that doesn’t damage the health. Excess weight or obesity causes many side effects to your body than you think. Some of the most basic side effects are listed below:
- Regular headaches and increased chances of serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
- High blood pressure and diseases linked to the heart such as irregular heartbeat, heart attack, blood clots, poor blood circulation within the body, high cholesterol level, etc.
- Mental problems such as depression, various types of anxieties, eating disorders, etc.
- Vitamins and minerals deficiency which causes further side effects to the body.
- Increased chance of suffering from certain types of cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, etc.
Chickweed is another name of the commonly known herb ‘Stellaria Media’. This herb mostly grows in Europe, Asia and America. It does not grow all year round or in all temperatures and that is why this herb costs a little more than average herbs. Chickweed is not just used for herbal remedies but is also consumed as a vegetable as it contains high amount of minerals and vitamins and once it’s cooked, it tastes just like spinach.
Chickweed has numerous health benefits, some of which are listed below:
- Helps in purifying the blood, cleaning out all toxics.
- Acts as a tonic for the kidney and the liver. It cleanses these organs, helping them get rid of harmful bacteria.
- Helps heal various types of skin conditions including psoriasis, boils, etc. It is one of the most commonly used herbs for healing intense skin conditions such as eczema.
- Known for assisting in weight loss and reducing obesity.
- Soothes stomach and bowel related problems such as constipation, upset stomach, etc. It helps in improving the overall health of the digestive system.
- Reduces muscle and joint pain.
- Soothes inflammation, minor burns, rashes, etc. It also acts as a pain killer and thus is used for treatment of arthritis, menstrual cramps, etc.
- Soothes respiratory problems such as cough, asthma and cold etc.
The demand for chickweed is so high that many people even grow it right in their backyards. Dried chickweed can also be purchased in any herbal stores.
Chickweed Tea Recipe:
- 2 tablespoon of dried Chickweed
- Pour one cup of boiling water over the herb and let it steep for 15 minutes.
- Take in ½ cup doses two times a day.
Many people sprinkle chickweed leaves on their salad. This provides them with necessary nutritions and improves their overall health.