Goat's Foot, a very useful weed
 How often a stone's throw from us may be something valuable and useful for us. And we did not even suspect ... For example, the pressure foot - the grass on our country, which many consider a weed.

This is precisely the kind of goutweed Latin name from the Greek words aegos (goat) and podion (leg). Perhaps the name comes because the petals of a plant similar to the following hooves.

Latin name - Podagraria   - She got because of the grass treated with gout.

Total on the globe grow seven kinds of goutweed. The most popular and valuable ground elder. Russian her name "goutweed" transformed from the word "victuals" - delicious food, the food, because in the old days goutweed has a valuable food plant.

With this plant often survived not only the whole family, but also the peoples. Vernacular: angry Snitka, snyd, dream edibles-grass.

Goutweed - Aegopodium podagraria   - A wild, perennial, herbaceous, food and medicinal plants of the Umbelliferae. In goutweed long branched creeping rhizome that can extract moisture and nutrients from the soil and crowd out other plants. Therefore, goutweed is considered a malignant weed.

 Goat's Foot, a very useful weed
   Grooved, tubular stalk of the plant reaches a height of 80-199 cm. The leaves are shaped like eggs, with serrated edges. Radical and lower - three trifoliate. A small apical consist of one triple. Goutweed a carrot odor. Small, white flowers are collected in inflorescence multipath and umbrellas are located at the ends of shoots.

Goutweed grows in deciduous, mixed and spruce forests, clearings, forest clearings and floodplain water meadows, in gardens and parks, often forming extensive thickets, near houses, in waste places, home gardens and orchards.

Experts say that for its healing and nutritional properties goutweed is not inferior to cultivated vegetables, and some of them excel. Use herbs goutweed, less roots.

Goutweed includes: vitamins - group, R, C, carotene, proteins, carbohydrates, essential oils, nitrogen compounds, coumarins, flavonoids, enzymes, volatile, citric and malic acids, trace elements - iron, copper, manganese, titanium, boron, calcium.

For good health:

- Goutweed has anti-inflammatory, blood-cleansing, diuretic properties.

- Traditional medicine uses it for kidney, bladder, liver, diseases of the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract.

- Juice from the leaves of goutweed is diluted with boiled water 1: 1, and drink from weakness and dizziness.

- In the spring of girls and women and often occur cystitis goutweed reliable assistant to get rid of the disease.

- Infusion in diseases of the kidney and bladder . 1 tbsp. of herbs goutweed pour 1 cup boiling water, leave for 20 minutes, cool, strain, take ¼ cup 3-4 times a day for half an hour before meals.

- Fresh herbs goutweed is the prevention of cancer, heart failure, atherosclerosis, mastitis, joint diseases.

In goutweed no side effects and contraindications, and so it is particularly valuable.   Collect goutweed possible from April.

- Outdoor goutweed is used for erysipelas and fungal skin diseases.

- From the roots do goutweed baths are well help with polyarthritis. 2 tbsp. spoon roots pour 1 liter of boiled water, half an hour, strain and add to a bath temperature not exceeding 38. Take a bath at night for 15 minutes. This bath is more and cleanses the skin, making it smooth.

- Fungal diseases of the skin lotions help of this infusion. Or, to take into 1 tbsp. spoon 3-4 times a day for half an hour before meals.

- In the food used by the young shoots, leaves and stalks. From goutweed cook borscht, soups, salads do, side dishes to fish and meat dishes. Goutweed even kvass winter cabbage prescription.

- Salad of goutweed rejuvenating . You will need:
- 50 grams. green goutweed;
- 5 c. dill;
- 10 grams. parsley;
- 10 grams. green onions;
- 1 egg;
- Vegetable oil for refueling;
- Salt to taste
Preparation: Goutweed washed, scalded with boiling water 3-4 times, cut. Cook hard-boiled egg, chopped. All greens grind. Mix all ingredients, add salt, season with butter. If you eat a salad during April-May, the body and looks much younger.

- Goutweed improves the condition of the teeth, nails and hair.

Face masks

- Nourishing Mask of goutweed . Grind in a meat grinder a small bunch of goutweed, add 1 tbsp. a spoonful of cottage cheese 1 teaspoon of honey and a little cream. Apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

- Mask pale skin.   Mix 2 tbsp. spoons of pulp from the goutweed with 2 tbsp. tablespoons cheese and 1 tbsp. spoon of fresh carrot juice. Apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse decoction of parsley or a little warm boiled water.

- Mask for oily skin.   2 tbsp. spoon pulp goutweed mixed with egg yolk and 1 tbsp. spoon of aloe juice. Person pre-clean and lubricate the cream. The mask is applied for 20 minutes, remove with a cotton swab dipped in warm tea leaves of green tea. Wash with cool water.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva