Goosefoot Scientific Name

Chenopodium californicum

Goosefoot Other Names

English: Lamb’s Quarters
Hindi: Bathuwa, Bathua
Sanskrit: Vastukah

What is Goosefoot?

Goosefoot, also referred to as Chenopodium, is a range of weedy plants that are often rank-smelling. Many of the Goosefoots have leaves that appear as the foot of a goose, hence where it received its name. Goosefoot leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked; however, it is advised by various health professionals to consume it cooked. Raw leaves should be eaten in only small quantities; however, seeds can be roasted and eaten.

Common forms of Goosefoot

Seeds, leaves, shoots, and flowers

Goosefoot is commonly used for:

  • Repairing cell
  • Relieving constipation
  • Aiding weight loss
  • Purifying blood
  • Promoting healthy hair and eyes
  • Helping dental health

Goosefoot Dosage

Natural products of Goosefoot are not always necessarily safe, therefore, dosage is key. Be sure to consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional prior to using.

Goosefoot Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: If too many leaves are eaten it may lead to stomach problems or photosensitivity and rash on exposure to the sun.
Not so common side-effects: The plant has an antifertility effect.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: The seeds of the plant are abortifacient, which can cause abortion. Do not eat in pregnancy.
Children: Not known.
It’s unsafe for anyone to take chenopodium oil because it contains poisonous chemicals, especially pregnant or breast-feeding women.
Chenopodium oil contains ascaridole, a toxic chemical which will irritate the skin, mouth, throat, and lining of the stomach and intestines. It could also cause vomiting, headache, dizziness, kidney and liver damage, temporary deafness, convulsions, paralysis, and death. Do not consume Goosefoot oil.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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