Latin name: Aegopodium podagraria L.
Other names: Herb Gerard, Bishop’s weed, Goutweed, English masterwort, Wild masterwort
Ground elder is a common herb in Poland, already known in the fourteenth century and valued mainly as a vegetable, today is often used in German and Russian. It can be eaten as spinach or in addition to salad, was also popular, as in the case of cabbage leaves in the form of fermented. In herbal medicine is valued for its medicinal properties of, contains flavonoids, coumarin compounds, vitamin C and is a source of minerals such as iron, copper, manganese, potassium, boron, titanium and calcium. Ground elder is extremely effective in the treatment of gout (poagra), hence its Polish name – “podagrycznik”, also works cleansing and detoxicating. Externally in the form of compresses or baths helps relieve rheumatic pains, and also very soothing effectively applied in insect bites.
- Gout – podagra