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Watercress

Family:
Cruciferae
Latin Name:
Nasturtium officinale



Description

Hardy aquatic perennial with hollow branching stems 1-2 feet long. Creeping or floating stems bear fleshy, shiny, heart-shaped leaves. Leaves are dark green to brownish green or bronze. Clusters of small white flowers appear at tips of stems. Blooms: Early summer to mid-autumn




Common Uses

Watercress is a valuable source of vitamins A, B2, and C, as well as iodine, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, calcium, and sulphur. It helps the body get rid of wastes. It also stimulates metabolism. Externally, watercress is used to treat skin problems and ease rheumatism and gout. It is a diuretic and stimulant.




History

Rich in vitamin C and iron, watercress is one of the oldest remedies for scurvy. Greeks believed it remedied brain disorders and built up children's strength.




Products Containing this Ingredient

Cold Season Immune Formula (Garlic, Rosehips & Parsley), Essiac, Flor- Essence Herbal Tea, Manganese, Polarity Balancer®, Thyroid Maintenance Formula




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