Characteristics of nasturtium
Scientific name: Tropaeolum majus L.
Botanical illustration of the plant
Common English name: Nasturtium
Common name in other languages:
- German: Kapuzinerkressen
- Dutch: Tropæolum
- French: Capucine
- Spanish: Capuchina
- Italian: Nasturzio
- Catalan: caputxina
Habitat: Garden plant from Peru.
Active ingredients of nasturtium
- Sulfurous glycosides: glucotropaeolin.
- Oxalic acid
Active parts: The whole plant except the roots, especially the young plants or shoots, because seeds have a higher toxicity.
Uses: As a medicinal and edible plant.
Medicinal properties of nasturtium
A good remedy for baldness
Photo of the plant
Nasturtium has been used in folk medicine as a stimulant of hair to prevent it from falling and to encourage growing. (Frictions with the liquid resulting from an infusions with the herb to 2%, or by applying the fluid extract to your hair).
You can also make a natural shampoo diluting the fluid extract to 5%. Another possibility is to crush the plant into a paste and apply it externally on the scalp.
An herbal medicine for your skin and other properties
Picture of the plant
Similarly, in external use, it has vulnerary and demulcent properties. It has been considered a good remedy for healing wounds and reduce inflammation.For its antimicrobial properties, it has been recognized as a good disinfectant, especially in all infections caused by fungi.
By means of crushing the plant, it yields a juice that has been used to promote circulation, especially in the legs and toes. The same juice was also used to increase urination and promote menstruation.
Infusions of the dried plant are considered adequate to treat respiratory problems related to bacterial infections in cases such as bronchitis, sore throat, flu, etc. In this sense, its components seem to have bacterial and expectorant roles, either to kill bacteria or help expel mucus chest.
Is nasturtium considered safe?
Attention!!! In spite of all these traditional uses, given the toxicity of some components, most of herbalists do not find it suitable to be used in homemade preparations.
Its toxicity is considerable, affecting the digestive system and kidneys, causing considerable irritation in people sensitive to its components or those who exceed the suitable dosification.
This has to be taken into account especially in people with gastrointestinal ulcers or kidney disease.
Edible properties of nasturtium
Nasturtium in the garden
As a garden plant, it is used for its beautiful flowers. Besides, it offers repellent properties against garden pests, especially against aphids. (Spray the affected plants with the liquid resulting from a an infusion all all aerial parts.
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