|Botanical Nomenclature||Sisymbrium officinale|
|Common Name||Hedge Mustard|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Sisymbrium officinale is an annual, herbaceous plant growing from 25 to 60cm, with pinnate, wavy, lobed leaves and small, yellow flowers. The flowering lasts from May to September and the harvesting takes place from March to May.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant|
|Active Substances||sulfide derivatives, cardenolide|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has astringent, antibacterial, expectorant, diuretic, digestive and laxative properties. It is administered in the form of infusion as cardiotonic, due to fruits' high content in cardenolides. Also, it is recommended for the treatment of hoarseness, sore throat and mucus secretions.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered against hoarseness, sore throats, and as expectorant in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried herb in half cup of boiled water, one or two cups daily).
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects are reported.|
|References||1)Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδα 93-94 2)Maria In?s Dias, Lillian Barros, Montserrat Due?as, Rita C. Alves, M. Beatriz P.P. Oliveira, Celestino Santos-Buelga , Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira. Nutritional and antioxidant contributions of Laurus nobilis L. leaves:Would be more suitable a wild or a cu 3)http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/foraging-wild-food-and-medicinal-plants-hedge-mustard-plant-profile 4)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/s/sisymbrium-officinale=hedge-mustard.php 5)http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/HedgeMustard.html|