Bundle of Fresh Leeks - Closeup of some fresh Leeks with the white bulb and roots

Although garden leek is used as a vegetable all over the world, it’s not well known for its beneficial properties for human health.


Scientific name
Allium porum.

Plant family

Used plant parts
Leaf & stem.

Harvest period
October to February.

Medicinal properties

Main use: Appetite.

Healing effects

        • Loss of appetite
        • Bowel inflammation
        • Spring fever
        • Ulcers
        • Gout
        • Lumbago
        • Cough
        • Insect bites
        • Inflammation of the stomach
        • Diuretic
        • Expectorant

Application methods

        • Orally
        • Topically


Leek (Wiktionary)



From Middle English leke, leek, lek, from Old English lēac (a garden herb, leek, onion, garlic), from Proto-Germanic *lauką *laukaz (leek, onion), from Proto-Indo-European *lewg- (to bend).

Cognate with Dutch look (garlic, leek), Low German look, Look, German Lauch (

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