Nasturtium toxicity

Tropaeolum majus


Scientific noun: Tropaeolum majus L.

Common noun: Nasturtium


Habitat: Garden plant coming from Peru.


Nasturtium used as a hanging plant in gardening

Active principles of nasturtium

– Sulfurous glycosides: glucotropaeolin.

– Oxalic acid

– Spilanthol

Active parts: The whole plant, less the roots and especially the young plants or the tender buds, being the seeds those that present a bigger toxicity.

Uses of nasturtium

Natural remedies with nasturtium: Nasturtium has been used as a medicinal plant.

Given the toxicity of their components, its used is dissuaded in home-made preparations.

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Gardening uses of nasturtium

Toxicity of nasturtium

The toxicity of Tropaeolum majus is considerable. It affects mainly to the digestive tract and the kidneys, producing considerable irritations in people that have manifested sensitiveness to its components and whenever the established doses are surpassed.

It should not be given to people who have gastrointestinal ulcer or affections of the kidney.

Side effects of nasturtium

The main side effects of ingesting this plant are:


– Sickness



In external use, the contact with the skin can produce dermatitis.

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