About its nutritional value, it is more than sufficient to say that it contains higher amounts of iron than the spinach and more vitamin C than lemons and oranges. We talk about a plant called Watercress.
Although its healing characteristics have been known for centuries, this plant has somehow been forgotten through the generations. The origin of the Watercress is in the area of Eurasia, but today it is widespread and you can find it almost everywhere in the world.
It is known as one of the oldest plants whose use dates far back into history. Many ancient people used it in their diet and for solving health problems. The ancient Greek physician and father of medicine Hippocrates appreciated this plant and he recommended it for the treatment of catarrh of the lungs, toothache, throat diseases, goitre and hoarseness. For the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans this plant was known as a powerful means to restore energy. Egyptian pharaohs ordered their slaves to drink watercress juice every day in order to be strong, and therefore productive.
Now the official international survey has declared this leafy green plant as the healthiest vegetable in the world, or in other words, as the ingredient No. 1.
What is the secret of the healing properties of Watercress?
The Watercress stops and reduces the oxidative stress and increases the antioxidant effect. It affects the changes of the substances in our metabolism and regulates the disorders, which is important in the process of natural healing.
Watercress cleans the blood, refreshes, stimulates the appetite and purifies the entire body. In Autointoxication – toxemia, they recommend to use watercress after the long winter period.
In folk medicine, Watercress is widely used in the healing process fresh or as a fresh juice. They recommend taking the fresh juice in a ratio of 1: 5, one part of juice and 5 parts of water, because the pure juice can cause inflammation of the stomach and the throat. You should take the fresh watercress juice as prescribed, because they do not recommend a daily usage of it, you should make pauses.
Watercress contains mustard oil which is mainly excreted through the kidneys and it increases the circulation in them and also regulates the urination, while its uncontrolled usage can irritate the kidneys. Watercress juice is very popular for external use in skin diseases, skin impurities, for hair loss when you should rub the juice or use it as a bandage. As a bandage made of crushed leaves which we put on the affected place, it reduces the freckles on the skin and heals scabies and other skin impurities.
Scientific researchers say that it can stop the tumor growth and the metastasis (animal tests), if the watercress extract is injected into the body, and it can also help in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, as well as in the prevention of the spreading of breast cancer. At the same time, for the heavy smokers they recommend watercress salad because it is very effective and prevents the harmful consequences of smoking.
To prepare the bandage you can chop the watercress, in order to get a squashy mixture which you apply on the affected area. Before you apply the bandage, you have to clean the affected area with alcohol and then you apply the squashy mixture. You should keep the bandage for 2-4 hours, and then you should remove it, wash the affected area and apply some ointment or oil on it. You can use the watercress bandage for different skin impurities, especially those which are caused by some fungi.
In order to prepare a salad you should use well washed leaves which you let sit in salty water and vinegar and after that you should wash them again. For the dressing you can use chopped garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, if you want you can and add some sliced onion. Mix the salad and let it sit for three hours. You should take it as a meal in your diet for the previously mentioned diseases.