Ground Ivy
Fact File
Taken at Tyninghame Bay on 6th May 2018 using a Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.

Ground Ivy.
Latin Name :
Glechoma hederacea.
perennial, evergreen.
gill-over-the-ground,creeping charlie, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, and run-away-robin.

Moist shaded areas.
5 cm up to 50 cm tall depending on environmental conditions.
The fresh herb can be rinsed and steeped in hot water to create an herbal tea which is rich in vitamin C. It has a distinctive, mildly peppery flavor; it can be cooked as a pot herb, although it is most commonly eaten as a fresh salad green. It was also widely used by the Saxons in brewing beer as flavoring, clarification, and preservative, before the introduction of hops for these purposes; thus the brewing-related names, alehoof, tunhoof, and gill-over-the-ground.
It has been used in traditional medicine in Europe for thousands of years .
It has been used to treat inflammation of the eyes, tinnitus, bronchitis as well as a diuretic, astringent, tonic and gentle stimulant. Useful in kidney diseases and  indigestion. The essential oil of the plant has been used for centuries as a general tonic for colds and coughs, and to relieve congestion of the mucous membranes. In the traditional Austrian medicine the herb has been prescribed for internal application as salad or tea for the treatment of variety of different conditions including disorders associated with the liver and bile, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, kidneys and urinary tract, fever, and flu.

However, the safety of Ground Ivy has not been established scientifically and
there is sufficient evidence to warrant caution with its use.