Chickweed is a springtime cool weather “weed” that may show up in your lawn each year, unless you use herbicides to kill weeds. It’s actually a valuable tool in natural healing and can be eaten raw or lightly steamed; or take a capsule. Here’s what it can do for you. Chickweed has a variety of soothing properties. It helps to relieve gas, soothes softer membranes (such as the tissue in the mouth, lungs, and colon); it is a gentle expectorant and a mild laxative. It is useful for cystitis (chronic bladder irritation), bladder infections, pleurisy and bronchitis.