A roadside plant that grows vigorously in the wild to a height l!( arolwd 60cm, hed}~e mustard has hairy, hlackish green stems and serrated leaves varying cereatly itl size. flower ,just 3mm across, appear from April to as late as November, the petals forming a cross shap. Its fruit consists of pods, which hang ill thin clusters and contain acrid, yellow seeds. The whole plant tastes and smell similar to mustard, and its leaves are sometimes used to flavour sauces alld soups, as well as in salads and omelettes.
Whole plant, leaves, flowering tops . The leaves are picked in spring, and in summer with the flowers.
Both leaves and flowers are usually dried before being used for infusions and tinctures. However, fresh leaves and flowers are also used.
Hedge mustard contains an essential oil, rich in sweet-smelling sulphur compounds, consisting mainly of glucosinolates. It has also been found that the seeds contain small quantities of cardenolides.
The sulphur compounds in the essential oil of hedge mustard act as an expectorant, helping to loosen phlegm and dissolve mucus. This means that the plant can help to soothe coughs and treat throat and respiratory problems, such as catarrh, bronchitis, hoarseness, voice loss and weakness in the lungs, caused by inflammation in the airways. Hedge mustard is therefore a common ingredient in cough syrups, and is known in France as 'singer's plant' because of its ability to restore the voice to full power.
Hedge mustard is also known to stimulate the gastric juices and can act as a diuretic. This makes the plant useful for cleansing the system and easing a number of digestive ailments, including bloating and stomach problems in general.
Testing several natural substances for their ability to protect the immune system from damage by bacterial infection, Japanese researchers recently showed that the sulphur compounds in hedge mustard were the most effective.
Excessive use of hedge mustard can induce unwanted side effects, including slowing of the heartbeat.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT hoarseness, laryngitis, pharyngitis and inflammation of the airways
For external use
TO TREAT voice loss GARGLE Make the infusion as described above, and use three or four times a day.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
Hedge muĞard can be grown from seeds, planted in either spring or autumn. It is suited to moist or dries, acid to alkaline soil, and prefers a sunny or lightly shaded spot.
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