All About Nasturtium

By: Elna Botes van Schalkwyk


Nasturtium as Medicinal:
Nasturtium contain vitamin(s) C, B1, B2, and B3. They also contain iron, calcium, phosphorus and manganese. The oils of the plant contain glucosinolates, carotenoids and flavionoids.All of these compounds have been shown to protect against carcinogenic agents.
These compounds are naturally occurring insect repellents as well and are also antibiotic, expectorant (producing a productive cough), and possibly anti-fungal.

Nasturtium Vinegar:
Roughly chop one whole plant including leaf, stalk, flowers, buds and seedpods and steep them in apple-cider- or balsamic vinegar for 10 days to 14 days.
Use three tablespoons as a dressing on steamed or raw greens.

Nasturtium Tincture:
As above chop one whole plant (leaf, stalks, flowers, buds, and seedpods) and weigh the result. Add double the weight of 90 proof alcohol (I only use organic red wine without sulphur) and let steep for one month.
Use 1/2 teaspoon daily as an herbal remedy for bronchitis.
Do seek a doctors advice if you intend to use either recipe instead of a prescribed drug!!!

Nasturtium as Food:

Nasturtium Strawberry Salad
• 1 pint sliced strawberries
• 1/3 cup nasturtium blossoms
• 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
• 2-3 tablespoons sugar
1. Toss together and taste for sweetness.
2. Add more sugar if necessary.
3. Eat and enjoy

Nasturtium flower essence is also indicated for those times when the soul overuses or overextends thinking forces, so that they are no longer in alignment with the lower metabolic force of life and warmth. This remedy is very helpful for students, whose career demands strong intellectual activity, or for any phase of life where the intellect predominates.

If these head forces are allowed to prevail, the soul life will become cold and disconnected from it physical body and from the larger physical body of the Earth. This imbalance predisposes the individual to many forms of physical illness, from colds and congestion in the head, to immune dysfunction and general hardening of the body. Nasturtium flower essence teaches the Self that the polarity of Light, or consciousness, must always be balanced with the opposite pole of Life, or experience.

This essence brings warmth and vitality to the thinking process and, furthermore, helps the individual to direct its light into the practical experiences of daily life and physical reality.