The Earth has thousands of species of plants that grow in different parts of the world. Many ancient civilizations used the leaves and flowers of plants to help them treat various ailments.
Today, we still utilize natural ingredients such as plants and incorporate them into modern-day skincare. One of these ingredients is the chickweed plant that’s found in North America and Europe.
What Is Chickweed?
Chickweed is a common weed in the carnation family. It’s also sometimes referred to as satin flower or starweed. It mainly grows low to the ground and has a furry-looking stem. It’s known to produce white star-shaped flowers. Recipes including chickweed date back centuries for culinary and medical purposes.
This plant contains many compounds, including flavonoids, vitamin C, saponins, tocopherols, and phytosterols. These may be what’s responsible for chickweed’s many benefits. Many herbalists use chickweed as a long-standing folk remedy that offers significant health benefits. People often use the flowers, leaves and stems of this plant to create tea and extracts. It’s also commonly used in topical products to help certain skin conditions.
Benefits Of Chickweed
Back in the 16th century, chickweed was used to soothe wounds and alleviate menstrual pain. It was an incredibly diverse alternative medicine. In the Japanese culture, they would eat chickweed during their springtime festival known as Nanakusa-no-sekku. Some people also believed it to be an effective weight-loss tool.
When you apply chickweed topically, it is believed to help soothe the following skin conditions:
- Diaper rash
- Insect bites
- Contact dermatitis
It has also been studied to provide soothing effects on the skin when applied topically. The plant has been said to reduce swelling of the skin and joints.
Traditional Chinese medicine used chickweed to help fight bacteria and help heal wounds. They mainly used this plant for dermatitis and skin conditions. In Ireland, chickweed is used to reduce irritation and itchiness around wounds.
At Mother Dirt, we use chickweed extract in our Daily Acne Treatment Lotion to promote brightness and moisture in the skin.
Uses For Chickweed
Chickweed can be used in various ways, including topically, in teas and consumed raw.
When you apply chickweed directly to the skin, you can use the entire plant or find an ointment that contains chickweed. This can be used for a cooling effect on the skin to help with cuts and burns.
You can also create your chickweed-infused oil. This can be added to your bath or put directly on the skin. Chickweed leaves can be steeped into a tea to help provide a soothing and calming effect. You can even add chickweed leaves to your favorite dishes as a topping if you like.
Natural Skin Care
Some companies target skin concerns like irritation and acne with synthetic chemicals and extracts to solve the problem. Usually, they are missing the mark and doing more harm than good for your skin. One of the best ways to care for your skin and promote an even and bright complexion is natural skincare ingredients.
Additives such as parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and phthalate can have potential health risks for your skin and the rest of your body. Some companies like to disguise these chemicals as other things or conveniently leave them off the label. At Mother Dirt, we believe in ingredient transparency. That’s why you’ll find all of our ingredients listed on our website, plainly for you to see. We only want what’s best for your skin.
Mother Dirt Products
If you have trouble with skin breakouts, our Daily Acne Treatment Lotion with Salicylic Acid is made for you. It contains a powerful blend of probiotics for your skin’s microbiome, as well as things like olive leaf extract and chickweed. Our lotion for acne has been clinically tested and dermatologically approved with FDA-approved salicylic acid to treat acne. It’s formulated with plant-based ingredients and works to balance the pH in the acid mantle to help the skin absorb antioxidants and fight breakouts. Mother Dirt’s lotion is made without harsh surfactants and can be used as a part of our Active Probiotic System for better results.
When you use our products as a complete system, our formulas are designed to work together to help restore your skin’s microbiome. Mother Dirt’s The Difference Kit is the more innovative way to help reduce the appearance of blemishes. It includes our Probiotic Foaming Cleanser, Daily Acne Lotion, and the AO+ Restorative Mist. This kit is designed for all skin types, especially those with acne.
The Probiotic Foaming Cleanser gently removes impurities without stripping the skin. It’s formulated with prebiotics from chicory root and rose water to maintain the optimal pH for essential balance. It can also help to improve the texture and appearance of your skin. The cleanser acts as a primer for our patented AO+ Restorative Mist.
The AO+ Restorative Mist is the first of its kind in probiotic skincare. It uses live and active Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria for healthier-looking skin. The live AOB interacts with your sweat to create powerful byproducts, Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. This helps to restore balance to all skin types including problem, oily, and dry skin.
You might be wondering, why do I need probiotic skincare in the first place? Aren’t bacteria bad for your skin? Well, the answer is yes and no. There are some harmful bacteria that shouldn’t be on your skin to begin with, but there are also millions of microorganisms that live on your skin and protect it from harm.
These bacteria are the first line of defense to get rid of pathogens. Putting probiotics, or the good bacteria, back onto your skin can help to protect it from harmful bacteria. That’s why Mother Dirt has created a line of probiotic skincare products to help restore the microbiome.
About 100 years ago, our skin contained powerful bacteria called Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria. It protected skin from harmful substances, bad bacteria and environmental aggressors. However, today it is nowhere to be found on the skin. We can only conclude that modern-day skincare and ecological changes are the cause for this.
We know it existed because a group of people in the Amazon rainforest known as the Yanomami still have AOB on their skin. Our MIT scientists figured out a way to biohack AOB back into the skin to give it back what it had been missing all these years.
Other Beneficial Ingredients To Look For
Besides chickweed, there are plenty of other ingredients that you can look for in skincare products that will benefit you.
Here are a few:
- Lactic acid
- Aloe vera
- Argan oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Jojoba oil
- Lavender oil
- Olive oil
- Pomegranate extract
- Primrose oil
- Rosehip oil
- Shea butter
- Tea tree oil
Many of these ingredients that we just listed can be found in our products. You can look at their benefits on our website under our ingredient list. If you’re wondering why our list includes long, complicated names, don’t be nervous. The Latin name of plant-derived ingredients is the required format for cosmetic labeling according to the FDA. So, Capric Triglyceride is just derived from coconuts.
At the end of the day, we want to help you restore your relationship with your skin. By activating the transformative power of probiotics, we aim to repair the imbalance caused by traditional skincare. This will allow your skin to reveal its most biologically balanced version of itself.
Ingredients To Stay Away From
Now that you know the ingredients you should be looking for, let’s talk about the ones to stay away from.
Avoid ingredients like:
- Mineral Oil
- Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients
- Coal tar dyes
The Bottom Line
Chickweed is a powerful, natural ingredient that can be used in many ways, including as an ingredient in skincare. Products that work for your skin don’t have to contain unpronounceable ingredients and dangerous chemicals. If you want to rethink the way you take care of your skin, try Mother Dirt skin care today to rebalance your microbiome. The Difference Kit and the PeaceKeeper Kit are great places to start with probiotic skincare.