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INDIAN CRESS – Annual Botanical Name:

Tropaeolum majus Other Names: Nasturtium

Parts used: Whole plant, fresh juice

Solvent: Water

Dosage: juice: Half a teaspoon 3 times daily.

Tea: 3 bruised fresh leaves per cup. Drink 1/3 cup.


Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antitussive, expectorant, diuretic, tonic, rejuvenation.


Indian Cress / Nasturtium is used for colds, flu and for treating lung problems / infections (bronchitis, dry cough, etc.) Other internal uses include scurvy, genito-urinary infections, poor skin and hair conditions. Nasturtium is a blood builder and may also be useful for anemia and exhaustion. The plant is reputed to fight bacterial infections without attacking the intestinal flora. Nasturtium is also known for being an aphrodisiac.

Externally, fresh Nasturtium juice rubbed

onto the head may stimulate hair growth (such as for Alopecia). It’s antiseptic properties also make it useful to treat fungus, athlete’s foot, skin eruptions and to disinfect wounds when nothing else is available.

Indian Cress can also be used as a food. The leaves and flowers can be added to a salad, the unripe fruit can be prepared as a substitute for capers, the green seed pods can be pickled, and the ripe seeds (roasted and ground) can also be added to meals.


“Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine”:

lists the following internal uses for Nasturtium: Bronchitis, colds, influenza, dry cough, antibiotic resistant pneumonia, acute pyelitis, monilial infections of the urinary tract.

lists the external use of Nasturtium for Alopecia.

“New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses”:

lists medicinal and culinary uses of Tropaeolum majus (garden nasturtium).

“Herbs: The Visual Guide to more than 700 Herb Species from around the World”:

lists medicinal and culinary uses of Nasturtium. Specifically lists Nasturtium as an aphrodisiac and as not being harmful to intestinal flora.

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