Latin name: Nasturtium officinale
Genus: Cruciferous plants
Common names: Bitterwort, bitter cress, Epsom salad, water mustard
Plant description watercress
Plant description: Low plant with long shoots which form dense pillows. Dark green, fleshy leaves, white flowers with yellow anthers.
Flowering time: April to June
Origin: Occurrence mainly on streams with clean water.
Plant parts used medicinally
The fresh leaves and the fresh cabbage as a salad or as a juice made from them. Dried no meaning.
The mustard oil glycoside gluconasturtin, potassium, iron, bitter substances, vitamins A, C, D
Medicinal effects and application of watercress
The fresh plant juice is used in so-called "Spring cures", which the Stimulate metabolism should. Watercress gently stimulates the Bile flow on. Fresh watercress leaves can also be eaten as a salad or mixed with it.
Excessive consumption can irritate the stomach lining.