Ordinary goutweed: as looks where grows, than it is useful how to use in the medical purposes

Ordinary goutweed: as looks where grows, than it is useful how to use in the medical purposes

In the nature rather large number of herbs which help to cope with any given diseases grows. It is possible to claim that practically each plant in own way is useful, however there are types which not only it is possible to cure a disease, but also to diversify a diet. In this article we will tell that the grass represents a goutweed as to use it in the medical purposes and whether it is worth eating it.

Short description and places of growth

The goutweed is a perennial grassy plant which belongs to family Umbrella. The perennial grows in height to 1 m, has a direct stalk on which several branches closer to a top are formed. Leaves are painted in dark green opaque color, have the extended ovoid form with a point on the end.

Root system horizontal, creeping. At a goutweed the difficult umbrella inflorescence which contains 15-20 flowers of white color is formed. The fruit represents a dvukhsemyanka which length is 0.5 cm.

Important! Only the top umbrella can give viable seeds. Side inflorescences fruitless.

The goutweed grows only on the soil rich with nutritious and mineral substances, at the same time the opacity does not disturb a plant in any way. It is possible to meet a perennial in a forest and forest-steppe zone and also on open cuttings. It should be noted that the goutweed transfers strong shading, however does not throw out tsvetonos. The grass is a weed which often is eliminated on fields and kitchen gardens therefore it is possible to claim that a plant unpretentious, main that there was a nutritious substrate and temperatures in warm season were rather high. The perennial across all territory of Europe and also the European part of the Russian Federation meets, up to Karelia in the north and Baikal in the east.

Chemical composition

Now we will talk about what is a part of a plant and why it costs our attention. Let's consider only those parts of a plant which are used by the person. The nutritional value is by proteins and carbohydrates. Fats in structure are absent. Important the fact that carbohydrates are presented by glucose and fructose, that is sugars.


  • pitches;
  • ashes;
  • coumarins;
  • saponins;
  • essential oils;
  • apple, lemon and ascorbic acids;
  • enzymes;
  • phytoncides;
  • polyacetylene connections.

Minerals: potassium, calcium, iron, copper, cobalt, manganese, pine forest, titanium.

Coumarins are natural organic compounds which represent nonsaturated aromatic air. These connections have the following effect on a human body: spazmolitichesky, antineoplastic and also interfere with formation of blood clots.

Saponins are complex nitrogen-free organic compounds which in the food industry are used as dietary additives. As for medical action, these connections render expectorant, toning and also diuretic action. Are used for cultivation of various vaccines.

Phytoncides are natural biologically active agents which destroy bacteria, mushrooms and also the simplest microorganisms which can do harm to the person or a plant.

Polyacetylene connections are, roughly speaking, vegetable antibiotics which are synthesized by a plant for protection against various pathogenic microorganisms. These substances are capable to protect not only a plant, but also the person therefore are used during creation of medicines of traditional medicine.

Medicinal properties

Above we considered structure of a plant. On the basis of this information it is possible to draw a conclusion that the long-term grass which is perceived by many gardeners as a weed is not useless, respectively, it is worth discussing its medicinal properties.

  • Let's begin with a cardiovascular system. As enough iron is a part of a goutweed and also there are connections which interfere with formation of blood clots, this plant it is possible to use for recovering from the diseases connected with heart and a blood system. Also this plant will help the people suffering from anemia or thrombosis. Will help to strengthen weak vessels.

The motherwort, guelder-rose, strawberry, plantain, cowberry, hawthorn, oats, and sunflower honey favorably influence a cardiovascular system.

  • Problems with a GIT and digestion. The perennial is rich with cellulose therefore will help to adjust work of intestines and also a stomach. Enzymes which are available as a part of a grass improve digestion of food, unloading a pancreas. This property helps to get rid of putrefactive processes to people at whom the lowered acidity of gastric juice is observed.
  • The diseases caused by fungi or bacteria. Above we wrote that represent phytoncides and as they work. And so, the goutweed helps the person to overcome an infectious or fungal disease, at the same time without having affected a liver.

Whether you know? Substances which contain in a plant after hit in an organism negatively affect cancer cells, stopping their growth. As a result it is possible to claim that the goutweed possesses antineoplastic action.

  • Wounds and burns. The chlorophyll and phytoncides in couple help to heal wounds and burns quicker. They accelerate regeneration of fabrics and also reduce inflammation.
  • Rheumatism. Infusions on the basis of a goutweed help not only to remove symptoms, but also to cure sore joints. Medicine removes inflammation, removes stagnant liquid and in parallel adjusts work of a secretory system.

Also reception of a goutweed in any kind adjusts a metabolism in an organism, irrespective of age.


Application is not limited only to traditional medicine. Let's tell about how to eat a perennial and with what products it is combined. Let's describe recipes on the basis of a goutweed.

In cookery

Eat the most parts of a plant, namely leaves, escapes and scapes (legs on which leaves keep). Flowers, a stalk and a root system are not used that should be remembered. It is better to use a young plant to receive gentle and pleasant greens. Old leaves and escapes have unpleasant smack and also differ in rigidity.

The plant is almost universal as it can be added to first courses as greens (soup, green soup, borsch, okroshka, broth, Russian cabbage soup), to use as a garnish to meat and fish dishes and also as seasoning. Leaves and escapes can be pickled, made sour or salted, using a goutweed as substitute of cabbage or as addition. Separately it is worth allocating this plant salads. Dishes turn out very tasty and useful, and green leaves do not contrast with other ingredients therefore it is possible to add a goutweed both to summer salads, and to winter.

In traditional medicine

The discussed plant first of all is medicinal therefore we will in detail consider diseases with which the goutweed and also recipes for medicinal structures will help to cope.

The weakening bathtubs

For the weakening bathtubs the rhizome is used. Similar procedures help to calm nervous system, to remove stress and also to cure miozit (inflammation of skeletal muscles) and polyarthritis (inflammation of several joints).

We take 40 g of a rhizome, we wash out under flowing water and it is small crushed. Further we boil 1 l of water and we trouble the crushed weight. It is necessary to boil thoroughly the received mix about 10 minutes then to leave for half an hour to infuse. Before application it is necessary to filter. Water temperature in the gathered bathtub has to be brought closer to body temperature, that is make 36-37 °C. To take a bath one night better that the weakening effect did not interfere with your work or rest. We add the received infusion to the bathroom and it is spent in water no more than 30 minutes.

For an immunity raising

For strengthening of the immune system and also for acceleration of recovery at various viral and bacterial catarrhal diseases use infusion of the discussed grass. To prepare medicine, it is necessary to take 3 tablespoons of the crushed plant leaves then to fill in them 400 ml of boiled water.

Further it is necessary to pour mix in a thermos and to insist about two hours. After time the structure is filtered and used for treatment. 400 ml of medicine should be used in one day, dividing into 4 identical doses. It is necessary to accept infusion before food.

Important! Infusion helps to cope with inflammation of the removing ways and also at gastrointestinal diseases.

At cuts, purulent wounds and furuncles

For healing of wounds and also at suppurations use a goutweed as plantain substitute. For a start we need to take young leaves of a plant then to overwind them in uniform gruel.

At small cuts gruel is imposed on the damaged place at once if the cut or suppuration occupies the big space of an integument, then gruel from leaves is applied on a gauze then it is put to the struck place in the form of a compress.

At diseases of joints

Painful joints not only hold down physical activity, but also worsen quality of life therefore further we will consider the recipe of infusion which will help to cope with morbidity of joints. We take grass foliage, we crush then we measure 2 tablespoons.

At treatment of diseases of joints use also: a cranberry, a thistle, a mushroom of a chag, cowberry leaves, the sabelnik, a train, a nettle, devyasit, pink salt and bear fat.

Further we add 200 ml of boiled water and we hold the received mix on a water bath a quarter of hour. After that we filter and we add 250 ml of pure cold water. It is necessary to use remedy during the day, dividing it into identical doses. The course of treatment comes to an end after considerable improvement of a state.

At gout and diseases of an uric system

To get rid of gout and also to solve problems with an uric system, it is necessary to use the above recipe, however the structure received on a water bath diluted with water, it is necessary to use three times a day after a meal. At the same time the attending physician will have no superfluous preliminary consultation.

Preparation of medical raw materials

As the plant can be met practically everywhere where there is good soil, it is necessary to talk about preparation and storage that curative raw materials always were near at hand.

When collect

It is the best of all to collect leaves and escapes during blossoming. So you receive enough green material which did not coarsen also not a povyal. At the same time it is worth choosing those plants which violently blossom, but do not fade.

Rhizomes should be collected after blossoming, is closer to fall. At the same time it is better to collect in dry weather not to spend a lot of time for cleaning of roots and that the product was not watery.

How to dry

  • Leaves and escapes. Greens need to be dried only in a shadow, in those places where good air circulation is observed. Dry raw materials under canopies, on attics or on balconies, at the same time allocating rather big area under drying. It is necessary to display leaves and escapes only by one layer that they were quickly dried and did not begin to rot or decay. Regularly it is necessary to overturn greens that it well and quickly dried.

It is possible to dry also in special dryers, however in that case you will spend a lot of time and electricity, and any mistake will lead to damage of a significant amount of products. In dryers the drying of leaves and escapes is made at a temperature of 30 °C.

  • Roots. Roots after collecting should be washed out and dried before sending for full drying under a canopy or in an oven. Under a canopy the roots dry as well as greens, that is sunshine should not get on a product. In the dryer or an oven the roots dry at a temperature of 35-40 °C. At more high temperature useful properties disappear.

Where and how many it is possible to store

Dry the products should store all in the dry place, using at the same time air-permeable sacks or banks which are densely closed by a cover. If on a dry grass moisture gets, then it will instantly become covered by a mold then will begin to decay.

If the products are stored in transparent banks, then it is necessary to remove a container further from sunlight, otherwise the expiration date will decrease.

Important! The dry product at observance of storage conditions does not lose useful properties for a year.

Contraindications and precautionary measures

Let's consider contraindications and in what cases the plant needs to be used with care. At individual intolerance of a plant it is impossible to apply it in no shape or form, otherwise you will have an allergic reaction of various force.

It is impossible to accept a plant during pregnancy and also during feeding by a breast as active agents in structure are capable to do harm to the child. Also it is worth remembering that long administration of drugs on the basis of a perennial is capable to thicken strongly blood that is dangerous to the people suffering from blood clots.

We advise to read about medicinal properties and application in traditional medicine of such herbs as a marjoram, a St. John's wort, a melissa, ivan-tea, a calendula, a clover, a tansy, a wormwood, rosemary, a horsetail and a sage.

If diagnosed rather serious disease for you, then before an initiation of treatment it is necessary to consult the doctor as parallel reception of a goutweed and other medicines can result in undesirable side effects.

Now you know how it is correct to use a plant for treatment of any given disease why it is worth eating a grass and food and as it is correct to prepare it for the winter.

Whether you know? The goutweed is an excellent melliferous herb from which bees collect a lot of nectar. This plant is used for feeding of a small and big cattle. At the same time in the fodder purposes only the cut-off grass as at a pasture the goutweed stops in growth is used and does not renew green material.

Remember that only that plant which it was collected far from highways or the plants is considered useful, otherwise you receive whole set of chemistry which is dangerous to your health.

Author: «MirrorInfo» Dream Team