The chickweed is growing like crazy on the north side of the house and will be blooming soon. I picked LOTS last week, to infuse in olive oil for soapmaking.
After picking, I set the chickweed aside overnight, covered with kitchen towels. This wilts it a bit, removing some of the moisture content.
The next day I chopped it up roughly...
...and put in a dry half-gallon jar.
Then I added the olive oil. Normally I'd cover the herbs plus an inch of oil, but this is how much oil I had left in the container. I later bought more and added some to the jar.
You want the herb to be completely covered by the oil to prevent mold.
Set the jar on a saucer and put in a sunny window for several weeks, or put the oil and herb in a crockpot on "warm" for a day or more. Finally, strain out the green stuff. I keep the oil in the refrigerator until I use it to make soap or a salve.
This will be a triple-infused oil. First, the chickweed. When the plantain, which is now just beginning to grow, is ready to pick, I'll use the same oil to infuse the plantain. And finally, I'll use yarrow. They are not in season at the same time, I just use the same oil when the herb is ready.
The oil, and the soap made from it, will be a lovely soft green color.
I picked much more chickweed than I usually do. I put the rest in the dehydrator on the lowest temperature possible (95° on my L'Equip). I'll keep it for later use.