Traditional Herbal and Medicinal Properties of Watercress

The role of watercress as an herbal and medicinal plant is not new.  In fact, over 40 watercress cures has been listed as early as 23AD.

From simple uses up to the absurd and hard to believe, this aquatic herb seems to cure it all.  Here are some of the herbal and medicinal uses of watercress:

  • Watercress can purify the blood.

A lot of herbalists have written how this nutritious herb can revitalize the body by cleaning the blood of its impurities.

  • Watercress can make teeth and gums stronger.

Chewing watercress is said to make teeth stronger.  It also cures bleeding of the gums or gingivitis.

  • Watercress can cure fatigue.

Tea made from watercress, nettle and dandelion roots and leaves, fennel seeds and elder flowers is believed to stimulate the blood and supply it with more red blood cells.  This also means your body will be provided with more oxygen, making you feel energized and less fatigued.

  • Watercress can make the skin clearer.

It is believed that spots, blemishes, blotches and bruises in the skin will be toned down, if not totally removed if you extract the juice of watercress and apply it as a lotion.

  • Watercress can help cure or regulate allergies.

Folklore states that allergies and the symptoms associated with it such as sneezing and watery eyes can be regulated if not totally cured by eating handfuls of watercress.

  • Watercress can cure coughs.

Honey mixed with finely chopped watercress and allowed to sit for twenty four hours is said to cure coughs.

  • The smell of watercress can drive snakes away.

Traditional folklore says that watercress can keep snakes away.  Not only that, it is also believed to even neutralize the venom of scorpions.

Several African tribes believe that watercress can make one sterile temporarily.  But they also regard it as an effective aphrodisiac.

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