In Russia goutweed since ancient times it was considered one of the most valuable edible herbs. She even called the plant-vegetable. And later became used not only for food, health, and beauty.

It is known that for a long time goutweed fed the saint Seraphim of Sarov during his seclusion.

In the old days goutweed garnered the winter, it cut and salted as cabbage or rubbed into a puree and stored for months in the cellar.

The people called it: Shnitov Snytko, yaglitsa, dedёlnik.

Plants goutweed usually bloom at the same time, and catches the eye the whole white meadow. Since goutweed is a premium honey plant, before it was placed near the hives. The bees collect from flowers goutweed up to 240 kg of honey from 1 hectare.

Ground elder - Aegopodium podagraria L   - A perennial herb of the family Umbelliferae. At the height of the straight, hollow, up a little branched stem goutweed grows from 50 cm to 1 meter. The leaves of goutweed two types - lower large oblong-ovate, trifoliate twice. The upper leaves are smaller and less dissected and short petioles. Bottom pubescent.

   The flowers are small, white inflorescences collected in the umbrella of 12-20 flowers. The largest umbrella apical there can be up to 25 flowers in the ray. Goutweed Blossoms in May - June. The fruits ripen in August. Fruit dry slightly flattened oblong dvusemyanka brownish-brown color.

Goutweed grows throughout the European part of Russia, Siberia, the Far East, in the Caucasus. It can be found in forest clearings, forest edges, vacant lots, clearings and at his dacha. Some gardeners struggle with goutweed as with pernicious weed, and others with its help improve health and cherish its beauty. Because as goutweed is just a natural larder of various nutrients.

In its green contain vitamins - A, C, proteins, sugars - glucose, fructose, cellulose, essential oil, coumarins, flavonoids, malic and citric organic acids, micro and macro - magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, boron, copper, titanium. Fruits contain goutweed: glycosides, flavonoids, essential oil.

ethnoscience   goutweed refers to the most useful and valuable wild plants.
- Preparations of goutweed have a soothing, emollient, wound healing, diuretic properties.
- Goutweed improves heart, brain, gastrointestinal tract, improves the immune system.
- Goutweed prescribed for anemia, kidney disease, liver, joints, weakness, dizziness, headaches.
- Effective treatment for neuroses goutweed.
- For therapeutic purposes, use the leaves and shoots goutweed. Collect them in April and May - before the buds.
- Some gardeners regularly mow goutweed used all summer and shoots grow back.
- Traditional healers say that goutweed, growing in the shade is more useful than the rising sun.
- Goutweed displays the body of harmful substances.
- From Grass goutweed wring out juice and take it to the ¼ cup with a teaspoon of honey.

In the home cosmetics   used as leaves goutweed, and juice.

- To rejuvenate
In order to significantly rejuvenate goutweed juice taken with boiled water 1: 1. The first week in 1 tbsp. Spoon 1 times a day, 2 week, 1 tbsp. spoon 2 times per day. On 3 and 4 weeks for 1 st. spoon 3 times a day. Younger than from such a course becomes a whole body added strength, vigor, solodeet skin.

- Mask for oily skin
Grind the leaves of goutweed, crush, take 2 tbsp. spoon pulp, add 1st. spoon on the coffee grinder crushed cereal and warm milk so as to obtain a paste, apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Wash cool.

- The mask for dry skin
Take 2 tbsp. tablespoons chopped goutweed, add 1 chicken yolk and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, mix well, apply on face for 15 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature, wash with cool.

- Rejuvenating mask
Squeeze the juice of Cyperus, take 2 tbsp. spoon, add 1 teaspoon of honey and 2st. tablespoons grated grated cucumber, mix, put between layers of gauze and apply on face for 20 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- To rejuvenate the skin and soft hands and feet
Boil a handful of herbs goutweed 1 liter of boiling water, leave for half an hour, strain, do bath. The same broth rinse hair after washing to get rid of dandruff, silky and better growth.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva