Glechoma hederacea

Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea

Family: Labiate Family (Lamiaceae)
Short description: creeping plant, height 10 - 40 cm
Flowers: with flat upper lip and 3-part lower lip
Leaves: opposite, wintergreen
Habitat: meadows, pastures, lawns, forest edges, alluvial forests, embankments
Collection time: the whole year
Use: Ground ivy contains a lot of vitamin C, essential oil, tannins, bitter substances and a lot of potassium but also saponin. This plant is good for all mucous membranes and works against inflammation. It even helps to dissipate heavy metals. Ground ivy is used mainly in the kitchen nowadays because it is a good spice herb.
In folk medicine for diarrhea and cough, as a bitter agent in beer brewing, in salads and quark, as spinach - like vegetables.