These hardy, aquatic perennials are natives of Asia and Europe and are
naturalized in North America. They are found growing in cool, flowing streams.N.
officinale, the Watercress, forms mats of glossy green leaves that are divided
into many leaflets and rounded clusters of white, four-petaled flowers from
March to November. The leaves of this plant have a peppery taste and are
used in salads and as garnishes. Nasturtiums can be grown on the edges of
ponds, in streams or waterfalls.
Stimulant, Diuretic, Scurvy, Chest
Afflictions, Purifier and to inhibit Hepatitis Infections.
Aztec Method of Use
Stimulant: Eat Watercress in a salad or better yet crush the Watercress, mix
in lemon juice then sweeten to taste. This same juice may be given to children
to get rid of certain intestinal parasites.
As a Diuretic: Drink as a
daily drink the boiled mixture consisting of 100 grams of leaves and stems to
1/2 liter of water
To prevent Scurvy: Drink on an empty stomach a
boiled mixture consisting of 50 grams of leaves to 1/4 liter of water. This same
mixture used as a gargle will relieve a sore throat and as a mouth wash will
For Chest Afflictions(chest colds, bronchitis and
respiratory track infections): Drink slowly a warm glass of a mixture made
of 100 grams of Watercress juice(Crush the leaves well till juice is
extracted)ad milk and bee honey to taste.
For the treatment of Tumors,
Ulcers and lymphatic seizures: Apply a poultice of crushed cold Watercress
leaves over the infected area.
To Remove Spots or Red Birthmarks from the
Face: Apply Watercress juice to the said spots or birthmark.
Hepatitis Infections(gall stones): Mince well a handful of Watercress, let
sit overnight, and in the morning take a tablespoon with olive oil. This
treatment is done daily until the patient gets well avoiding excessive salt,
liquor and spicy food.
This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products
without prior consultation with your physician or other natural plant products professional.
Consult Your Physician Before Using a Herbal Remedy!