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Nasturtium - useful properties and contraindications


Nasturtium (Capuchin) grow many flower growers. This ornamental plant attracts with its bright buds with spurs, emerald foliage and spicy aroma. But the beneficial properties of nasturtium are few to whom they are known. In fact, all parts of the plant, except the root, are widely used in medicine, cosmetology, and cooking.

The composition of the plant

Capuchins are a real storehouse of vitamins:

  • Antioxidant vitamin C stimulates the immune system. Moreover, its content is 10 times higher than in green salad.
  • Leaves, flowers are rich in carotene, postponing human aging. This vitamin is one of the main participants in redox reactions.
  • Vitamins of group B.

Nasturtium is rich in such minerals:

  • potassium,
  • iodine
  • phosphorus,
  • magnesium.

Widespread use in medicine contributes to the presence in the plant in large quantities of such components:

  • phytoncides and tropeolin,
  • essential oil and mustard glycosides,
  • flavonoids.

All parts of the nasturtium have flowers, stems, leaves and seeds. Some recipes for the use of plants will be given below.

The medicinal properties of capuchins continue to be studied, to this day, and they find a lot of interesting things. But today we can say that it is an excellent antiseptic, diuretic, antiscorbutic agent. Teas with nasturtium have long been used for general body strengthening, especially since antibiotics are present in its composition.

Nasturtium in traditional medicine

Our ancestors always paid attention to the healing properties of plants and used them in the treatment of various diseases. Our grandmothers also knew about the beneficial properties of nasturtium, but modern people for some reason prefer to use medicines rather than plants. All parts of the plant are suitable for treatment, one can prepare decoctions and tinctures of them, for example:

  • For diseases of the kidneys and bladder collect the buds and prepare a decoction.
  • Vodka-infused leaves, flowers and seeds help in the treatment of bronchitis.
  • Some skin diseases, such as warts, polyps, acne and burns, can be eliminated with the help of juice. It is also recommended for use by people with anemia, rheumatism, gout, with liver diseases, problems with the thyroid gland. One teaspoon of juice per day is enough.
  • Nasturtium juice mixed with Potentilla root juice strengthens the hair. Mixture needs to be sucked into the scalp or used when rinsing.

Folk recipes

  • For the preparation of tonic decoction

required dried leaves and flowers of nasturtium. One tablespoon of the mixture is poured with a glass of water and put in a water bath. The decoction will be ready in a quarter of an hour. It is cooled and filtered. Apply 2 tablespoons no more than four times a day.

  • To raise the vitality

collect fresh leaves of nasturtium, washed under running water. The jar is filled with leaves and filled with white wine. Insist in a dark place for two weeks. Apply a teaspoon 3 times a day.

  • For the treatment of bronchitis

use leaves, flowers and seeds. It is best to prepare an infusion of fresh ingredients, although the dried components are also suitable. Mixture pour vodka and insist 14 days, removing the container in the dark. It is recommended to apply 20 drops three times a day.

Not only in folk medicine use capuchins. Not less attractive flower and cooks from different countries. In Russia, so far little is known about nasturtium, as a plant from which to cook various dishes.

I would like the Russian housewives to pay attention to the decorative flower and evaluate its useful properties properly, such as in France.

The fact is that on the European continent it was the French who first introduced the flower into their diet. Petals decorated salads and sandwiches, and spicy leaves, seeds were added to dishes to increase appetite.

If you look at the old collections of recipes, you can see that the seeds were added while pickling vegetables, they prepared various drinks from flowers and leaves. Useful recipes and today in service with gourmets. The use of nasturtium, according to experts and chefs - a step towards rejuvenation and health.

Features of nasturtium

Nutritionists and cooks of the world highly appreciated the beneficial and healing properties of nasturtium.

There are many recipes where this ingredient is applied:

  • Flowers of the plant - an excellent spice, gives the dish an unusual taste.
  • If you have a nasturtium with large buds, at least 5 cm in size, you can stuff them with fish, mushrooms, and cottage cheese.
  • Capuchin jam can surprise the most sophisticated gourmets.
  • By adding dried flowers or nasturtium seeds to homemade tea or wine, you will get unique drinks with a spicy aroma.
  • If you rub the petals with garlic and season with mayonnaise, you can grease it with sandwiches. Both original and tasty.
  • Spring salad of eggs, potatoes, young nettle leaves and green peas with capuchin flowers is not only an original, but also a healthy dish.
  • When pickling tomatoes, cucumbers add unopened buds for flavoring and spicy taste.

Cosmetology and Capuchins

Since the parts of all parts of the nasturtium have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial action, beauticians could not but turn on the plant.

Thanks to the essential oil, the infection is destroyed, the skin heals faster, and regeneration is accelerated. Widely nasturtium plant is used to solve problems with age-related changes of the skin, in the fight against age spots and wrinkles.

In cosmetology, decoctions, lotions, and infusions of petals, leaves, and seeds are used to improve the condition of the skin and hair, due to the presence of sulfur in them.

Who nasturtium is not shown

If a person decides to change his diet and introduce a new product, it would be nice to consult with your doctor. There are a number of diseases in which the use of this product is prohibited altogether or recommended consumption in limited quantities.

Contraindications may also be associated with allergies. And after you were given a go-ahead, you do not need to abuse the new product.

Any medicinal preparations prepared on the basis of nasturtium should be used strictly according to the dosage.

Growing nasturtium

Nasturtium - light-loving plant. For this reason, it is planted in sunny and open places. Nasturtium does not tolerate frost. Best of all, this plant develops on light and drained soil containing fertilizers (except for fresh manure). If the soil contains a lot of nitrogen, it will only harm the plant, as many leaves will be formed, which means that flowering will worsen.

Nasturtium does not need frequent watering. But it should be watered regularly and abundantly. If moisture is not enough, then the nasturtium will lose its decorative effect.

Most often, the nasturtium is propagated by the seed method. To do this, you need to collect the seeds and sow them in April (for seedlings), or you can sow them in the ground at the beginning of May. Seeds need to be sown in rows or nests. Nests are made at a distance of 40 cm from each other. In one nest can be placed no more than 5 seeds. As the emergence of seedlings make their thinning. If the seeds are very large, then you can sow them one by one in pots, and when seedlings appear, transplant them into the ground.

During the period of growth of nasturtium it is necessary to apply phosphate fertilizers, as they are stimulants of flowering of this plant.

Nasturtium application

For medicinal purposes, all parts of the nasturtium are used. For example, the leaves of the plant are used for scurvy and flu. Dried leaves are used for depression, irritability and nervous irritability. Nasturtium is useful for older people, because it contains carotene and sulfur, which are prophylactic agents for sclerosis.

Infusion nasturtiums on wine with loss of strength. To prepare it, you need to collect the fresh leaves of the plant, put them in a liter glass jar and pour the top with dry wine (white). After you close the lid, take the jar to a room with room temperature and do not touch it for 14 days. Ready infusion need to filter and take 1 teaspoon three times a day before meals.

Broth nasturtium with kidney disease. We take 1 tablespoon of fruits and buds of the plant and fill them with two cups of boiling water. We put everything in the water bath for 15 minutes. Next, remove the composition from the water bath and leave for 45 minutes to infuse. After straining, the finished decoction is taken in 100 ml three times a day. The same medication is used for urolithiasis and diseases of the urinary tract.

Nasturtium tincture for chronic bronchitis. Preparing tincture easily and quickly. For its preparation, take 1 tablespoon of crushed buds and leaves, along with seeds. Fill all this raw material with 150 ml of vodka and leave in a dark place for 2 weeks, not forgetting to shake it periodically. Finished tincture filter. It is necessary to take this medicine three times a day, 25 drops.

Nasturtium to strengthen hair. Take the leaves of nasturtium and skip them through a meat grinder. To them add the roots of Potentilla, also passed through a meat grinder. All mix and squeeze the juice. This juice lubricates the hair roots or, mixing it with water, is used as a rinse.

Nasturtium: medicinal properties and contraindications

Nasturtium - one of the most common flowers in the flower beds, so popular because it does not need increased attention and special care. However, many of those who grow capuchin (the second name of the flower) in his household plots do not even know what useful properties he has. Today's conversation will be devoted to this particular topic.

Of course, everyone is familiar with nasturtium. It is just that some people do not suspect that a plant known to them with bare branchy and slightly winding stem, blooming with large orange, yellow and pink flowers, is Capuchin. For the preparation of drugs used mainly terrestrial parts of the plant - leaves, stems and flowers, but often used berries.

Nasturtium: application in traditional medicine

Nasturtium in folk medicine is used to prepare decoctions, tinctures and tinctures, the result of treatment with such drugs exceeds all expectations.

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Infusion of nasturtium leaves for colds, lung diseases

A tablespoon of dried and crushed nasturtium leaves pour a glass of boiling water. Leave to infuse for half an hour. After the specified time the infusion is recommended to drain.
To take with the indicated problems the infusion requires 1/3 cup three times a day.

Wine tincture of nasturtium leaves to strengthen the immune system

Fill a quart jar with nasturtium leaves. Fill with white dry wine. Clean in a dark place for two weeks, periodically not forgetting to shake. After the specified time, the tincture should be drained.

Take the tincture as a tonic is necessary 3 times a day, one teaspoon before meals.

Nasturtium Decoction for Urinary System Diseases

Leaves, stems and flowers of nasturtium should be crushed. One tablespoon of raw material pour half a liter of boiling water. Put in a water bath and simmer for a quarter of an hour. After the broth must be infused for 45 minutes.

Strained decoction of nasturtium is recommended to take three times a day, one glass.

Alcohol tincture of nasturtium for bronchitis

1.5 tablespoons of dried and crushed leaves and buds of nasturtium pour a glass of vodka. Clean in a dark place and shake from time to time. After two weeks, the tincture must be filtered.

Take 3 times a day, 25 drops of tincture, after diluting them in water.

Infusion of leaves or flowers of nasturtium in diseases of the cardiovascular system

20 grams of crushed leaves or flowers of nasturtium pour a glass of boiling water. Leave for half an hour. After a specified period of time, strain the infusion.

Take 2-3 tablespoons of infusion several times a day.

Nasturtium for ischemic heart disease

Squeeze the juice out of fresh nasturtium leaves and stems.

Watering is actively needed at an early stage, until the seeds are fully established. In the future, this process is adjusted as necessary. Sure to weeding and loosening the soil. Dry inflorescences are removed in time to give the opportunity to start a new one.

If you do everything correctly, then nasturtium all summer season will be a worthy decoration of your garden.

Composition and useful properties

Not only external beauty attracts attention to this herbaceous plant. Nasturtium has a large list of medicinal properties. In South America, it has long been used to treat various diseases.

In all parts of it is contained vitamin C a lot. Besides,The following useful elements are included:

Such a rich composition is shown to people of any age. Especially recommended for use by the older generation. Sulfur and carotene serve as a prophylactic against sclerosis.

Nasturtium, medicinal properties

Here is a short list of the beneficial effects of nasturtium:

  • boosts immunity
  • kills pathogenic bacteria,
  • normalizes metabolism
  • saves from scurvy,
  • relieves the symptoms of flu and acute respiratory infections
  • stabilizes the liver, kidneys and digestive system, and so on.

Dried flowers and leaves are used as a depressant that removes depression and irritation.

In Europe, nasturtiums are made into an infusion and used as a medicine. to raise vitality. To do this, pour the leaves of white wine and let it brew for several weeks.

If you have problems with by the kidneys helps decoction of the plant entirely. It is simple to cook the broth: pour all the grass with water and put it in a water bath, hold for 30-40 minutes and remove. After some time, it is necessary to insist, everything is ready for use.

With respiratory diseases helps a lot the juice nasturtiums Only it is not taken in its pure form, but as a spirit tincture.

But pure juice is an excellent remedy for scabies, itching and others skin rashes. And also it is rubbed into the scalp for hair loss.

When gastritis, gastric ulcer nasturtium strictly contraindicated.

Nasturtium beneficial properties and contraindications

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Nasturtium - one of the most common flowers in the flower beds, so popular because it does not need increased attention and special care. However, many of those who grow capuchin (the second name of the flower) in his household plots do not even know what useful properties he has. Today's conversation will be devoted to this particular topic.

Of course, everyone is familiar with nasturtium. It is just that some people do not suspect that a plant known to them with bare branchy and slightly winding stem, blooming with large orange, yellow and pink flowers, is Capuchin. For the preparation of drugs used mainly terrestrial parts of the plant - leaves, stems and flowers, but often used berries.