This plant is variously called alehoof, ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, creeping charlie, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, and run-away-robin. It is part of the mint family, formally called labiatae, of which there are over 230 genera and 7,000 species. Some of its vernacular names refer to the brewing process, for the Saxons used it to flavour their ales. It can also be used to make cheese, as a vegan alterative to rennet. The Austrians used it in their traditional medicine to treat such areas as the liver, the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Our fallen world, though tarred by sin and warped by iniquity, still contains plenteous tokens of the Creator’s goodness.

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Genesis 1:29