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Related to nasturtium officinale: Pontederia cordata, Tropaeolum majus
Strong superfood and medicine! White flowers and seedpods in spiral staircase formation. Flowers- 4 petals in shape of cross. (in mustard family- 4 petals with 6 stamens–4 tall and 2 short ) Seeds can be crushed and used as mustard. Almost always near water. Leaves resemble feather. Bean-like fruit. Wash and dry before eating to eliminate undesirable organisms from water environment. Fresh pressed juice used for tuberculosis, chest, lung, kidney, gland, lymph and chronic skin issues. For canker sores, mouth blisters, acne, ringworm, rashes, skin infections, hot flashes, headaches, nervousness, eczema, dermatitis, excellent for clearing fluids in body tissue like GOUT, clearing mucus and lung congestion, bronchitis, coughs, asthma, high blood pressure, hemorrhoids, rheumatism, chest congestion, ringworm, fungus, helps break up kidney and bladder stones, good for liver and kidney problems. Helps protect against heart disease and eye diseases like cataracts. Helps lighten freckles and brown spots when crushed and applied. Immune stimulant, antioxidant, increases energy, boosts metabolism, enhances oxygen utilization, cleanses blood and colon, diuretic, mild laxative, cancer prevention. Watercress is packed with 15 essential vitamins and minerals; A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, biotin, C, D, E, very high in sulfur, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, trace elements, vanadium, zinc, bioflavonoids. Weight for weight, it contains more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more folic acid than bananas. The strong taste is from high sulfur content (beautifies skin and complexion), and a substance called phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), which is able to block the function of a protein called Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF), which is needed for cancer to grow. Molecular biologists at Purdue University in Indiana discovered that watercress could actually correct its genetic code if inheriting from flawed parents, to grow normally again like its grandparents. The results, described by researchers as “spectacular,” defy the scientific law of inheritance and present the notion that the plant, unlike any other species, can effectively heal itself and maintain its pure ancestral blueprint. Another bitter plantaloe vera also heals itself. Imagine the power if you took both of these ! You can take any part of the plant, put it in a container of water and it will grow roots.