at Barns Ness
on 14th May 2017 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
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.