An underestimated weed: what is gout and what it is eaten with

A little about the title. In Latin, gout is referred to as Aegopodium podagraria, the first word is translated as “goat’s foot” (as Carl Linnaeus called it because of the outward resemblance of the grass to the imprint of a goat’s hoof), and the second – as “foot trap”, since the herb has a beneficial effect on pain in the legs. In Russian, “snyt” is, according to some sources, a modified word “food”, which means “food”. This grass was eaten in Rus’ after the winter, when grain supplies ran out. They salted the gout, fermented it, cooked soups with it and dried it.

For several years, St. Seraphim of Sarov ate snoot, about which he spoke only shortly before his death. When the priest lived as a hermit in the wilderness of a forest on a hill near the Sarovka River, he collected gout, put it in a pot, filled it with water and put it in the oven. As he himself said, the food came out glorious.

What is the use of sleep?

Probably everyone has heard about the benefits of nettle, from which soups, salads and more are made. So sleep is no less useful “weed”! The nutritional properties of goutweed are due to its chemical composition. It can be eaten for a sufficiently long time without fear of an overdose, which can happen after a long use of another medicinal herb. This is because the chemical composition of goutweed is as close as possible to the formula of human blood.

Gout helps to cope with spring vitamin deficiency and strengthen immunity, since its leaves and shoots contain a large amount of vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, gout also contains malic and citric acids, carotene, choline, bioflavonoids, coumarins, mineral salts (such as potassium, calcium, copper , iron, boron, titanium and others), essential oils, salts, carbohydrates and proteins. Well, isn’t it a miracle?

Numerous studies of goutweed have shown that after a long use of it in food, simply magical things happen to the human body. Grass has the following properties:

– normalizes metabolism and the work of the gastrointestinal tract, removes toxins, toxins, dead cells and decay products; – has a diuretic effect, removes excess fluid from the body and relieves swelling; – helps the body to secrete bile; – saturates the body with iron, eliminating hypovitaminosis; – helps to strengthen capillaries, maintain the nervous system and lower cholesterol levels; – stimulates the excretory function of the kidneys and improves their general condition; – restores purine metabolism, helping in the treatment of gout and rheumatism, relieves the symptoms of arthritis; – relieves headaches and relieves migraines; – has antibacterial properties, therefore it effectively treats wounds, burns, calluses, fungal and erysipelas of the skin; – improves brain activity.

And this is not a complete list of the miraculous properties of the plant!

Moreover, the influence of sleepweed is currently being actively studied in the medical field. Scientists have already received positive results, which means that new drugs are likely to contain gout, which can help in the treatment of inflammatory, infectious diseases, as well as the effects of chemotherapy in oncology.

Don’t forget to be careful

Despite the fact that all sources indicate only the benefits of goutweed and talk about the impossibility of an overdose, you should take it with caution during pregnancy, lactation, during poisoning and with an individual tendency to allergies.

So, we realized that snyt is an old Russian superfood. It remains to figure out how to properly take this useful herb. If you have a juicer, the problem of obtaining freshly squeezed juice from goutweed has been successfully solved. If not, you can use a meat grinder and squeeze the juice through cheesecloth. But in addition to juice, wonderful healing decoctions are also obtained from goutweed.

Recipes from dreamweed

Immediately make a reservation that gout grows almost everywhere. It can be found even near roads, but it is better to collect grass away from them. Go for sleepweed in the forest (like Seraphim of Sarov) and collect young green plants, not overgrown ones.

Sleep for bowel cleansing

Squeeze juice from young leaves and shoots. Take juice for 3 days according to the scheme: 1st day – 1 tbsp. half an hour before meals, 2nd day – 2 tablespoons, 3rd day – 3 tablespoons. Then take a 5-day break and repeat as needed. Monitor your condition carefully.

Sleep with kidney disease

In a thermos, pour 2 tbsp. take a glass of boiling water. Infuse for 1 hour and take ¼ cup 4 times a day.

Decoction bath to snoot

Pour about 40 g of crushed rhizomes of goutweed with 1 liter of water and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes. Take a bath with decoction for about 15-20 minutes.

There are a lot of medicinal recipes from sleepweed! If you decide to improve your health with some of them, follow your feelings and the reaction of the body. But including fresh gooseberry in your diet, as we do with popular superfoods like kale, is possible and even necessary!

Salad of goutweed and sorrel


2 cups goutweed leaves 1 cup sorrel 1 cup boiled potatoes 1 cup boiled carrots Salt, pepper – to taste Hot tomato sauce – to taste 2-3 tbsp. olive oil


Cut the gout and sorrel. In a bowl, mix together the diced potatoes, carrots, gout and sorrel. Salt, pepper, add olive oil and stir. Serve with tomato sauce.

Green cabbage soup with gout


5 cups goutweed leaves 1,5 liters of water or vegetable stock 1 onion 1 carrot 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 2-3 bay leaves 2 potatoes Salt, pepper – to taste


Rinse the gout, put it in a saucepan and cover with water. Peel potatoes and cut into cubes. Put the pot on the fire, add the potatoes, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium, add the parsley. Meanwhile, fry chopped onions and carrots in vegetable oil until the onions are golden. When the potatoes are ready, add the fried potatoes to the pan, salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with herbs.

Caviar from dreamweed


500 g goutweed 2 tbsp. fine sea salt


Rinse the goat, dry, finely chop or chop with a blender. Mix with salt and tightly fill the jar with the mixture so that the juice comes out of the goutweed. Store caviar in the refrigerator, use for soups or hot dishes.

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