Early settlers brought watercress to America because
anti-scurvy properties. Watercress was later identified as rich in vitamin
C. As the Latin words nasus tortus, or "twisted nose,"
Watercress gives off a pungent odor that makes the nose wrinkle. The
leaves and edible seedpods have a sharp, peppery taste, accounts for
watercress's longtime popularity as a salad watercress is a succulent,
aquatic perenial. This evergreen thrives in clear cold water, where it dense masses along
the edges of slow-moving streams. collecting Watercress, be sure to
gather only the watercress the poisonous water hemlocks, which somewhat
resemble the carrot plant, often grow nearby. The watercress usually and
floats on top of the water and is distinguishable from nearby plants.
Watercress is used for:
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On the American continent, Coronado during his explorations, found the
herb watercress growing in abundance near the Gila river in Arizona The native
Indians reportedly used Watercress for both liver and kidney troubles
and to dissolve gallstones. Watercress is strongly alkaline due to its
high potassium content. It is useful in
treating acidity and purifying the blood. Watercress aids arthritis and
rheumatism and clears up acne spots. Watercress is high in vitamin C
content and therefore, was extensively used to prevent scurvy in the
last century Watercress is literally a store house natural vitamins,
minerals and trace elements
Watercress is used to treat water retention, mucus in the lungs, and
indigestion. The herb is also used to help stimulate the metabolism and
promote bile production as well. Watercress helps increase blood
circulation and increases energy.
The herb has also been used to aid with urinary
infections and bladder problems. It helps promote kidney function. It
also helps with heart disease by relieving fluid retention
It is also used by people who want to increase their physical endurance
and stamina for either normal activities or sport's performance.
Watercress is also known as:
Nasturtium officinale, Scurvy Grass