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Nasturtium officinale is a very succulent, aquatic, perennial plant with stems that can be 50cm or more long. The plant is a fairly well-known salad crop, often gathered from the wild but also grown commercially and sold in markets. It is also seen as a very healthy, vitamin and mineral rich food and, as such, has gained a reputation for its medicinal uses.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
It contains main compounds of the oil of leaves were myristicin (57.6%), α-terpinolene (8.9%) and limonene (6.7%). Caryophyllene oxide (37.2%), p-cymene-8-ol (17.6%), α-terpinolene (15.2%) and limonene (11.8%) were the main components in stems, whereas limonene (43.6%), α-terpinolene (19.7%), p-cymene-8-ol (7.6%) and caryophyllene oxide (6.7%) were the major constituents in the oil of flowers.
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
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List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Watercress is a plant of the temperate zone, but it can be cultivated in the tropics at elevations between 1,000 - 3,000 metres.
Commonly seen growing in areas
- Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
- Chemical constituents