Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Herb - Tropaeolum

Tropaeolum majus - nasturtium
Commonly known as Nasturtium or nose-twister, nose-tweaker. This gorgeous flowering plant origins from Peru, and has been introduced to Europe in the 18th century. Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist named it Tropaeolum majus. Nasturtium is a very strong, natural antibiotic. With its colourful flowers and healing powers, it gained big popularity and is known by in Europe as the healing plant. In 60% of the European gardens, you can find the nose-tweaker plant.
The plant can be eaten raw, together with its spicy flavoured leaves, usually its added to salads and sandwiches.
As a herb, its very much loved and kept not only because of its antibiotic effect, but also for its essential oils, vitamin C, potassium and iron content.

Every part of the plant above the ground is consumable. The burgeoning flowers use to be marinated in salty-vinegar water and its flavour is similar to caper. The leaves used to be eaten raw in salads and its seeds can be added to any meals and its the most antibiotic part of the plant. Consuming the seeds will destroy/elliminate all the bad bacteria in your colon-system (and whole body) without damaging the intestinal flora. The antibiotic effect is very strong, it can partially substitute the man-made antibiotics and is effective even against the resistent bacteries, viruses.
Cures maxillary sinus inflammation, urinary tract infection and respiratory tract infection. The essential oils of the plant heals the wounds (closed), the inflammations and even helps reduce dandruff. Consuming the plant will restore your immune system, boosts your appetite and also its slightly purgative, so it helps you to keep a healthy diet with an improved and cleaned colon-system.

Nasturtiums have been used in herbal medicine for their antiseptic and expectorant qualities. Great herb to cure a chest cold and it also helps formatting new blood cells.

Tropaeolum Majus was used as a respiratory and urinary tract infections treatment.

In Germany, the nose-tweaker has been chosen as the plant of the year in 2013. 

photo by Density - wiki

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