Nasturtium Flower Power holds surprising healing benefits - MS Guardio

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Nasturtium Flower Power holds surprising healing benefits

by | Mar 23, 2021 | Care Homes, Featured, Health & Safety, Schools, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Nasturtium flower power and pale yellow roses scrambling up the wall of a house

Take yourself back to a simpler time and the heady days of childhood. Jumping in puddles with no care, running free with little knowledge of the crazy world around you.

Simple pleasures were an absolute delight to the senses and enjoyment of the complete moment you were in was everything.

Perhaps a much loved memory is of growing and looking after your first plant. The pure joy at seeing a tiny shoot peeping through the brown soil, the thrill of watching it grow taller and stronger and eventually burst into bloom.

MS Guardio is writing a series of short articles about the healing properties some plants, flowers and foods at this time of pandemic and national crisis. 

This is the Nasturtium FLOWER POWER! Vibrant oranges, reds and yellows and green capture a paint box of our childhoods. Big chunky blocks of colour ready to be plastered across a crisp white A5 canvas spread out in front of us.

The Nasturtium is a simple flower with bold petals and lilypad like leaves. Its official name is Tropaeolum, which means nose tweaker! What a cheeky name for a fun flower,

it just seems that this flower was made for kids! John Gerard, an English herbalist received Nasturtium seeds in 1597 from Europe and so the seeds were sown (pardon the pun!) for this popular flower to flourish in our gardens ever since.

The healing benefits of Nasturtium flower power

Nasturtiums have a surprising number of health benefits. They are a source of micro elements such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, and macro elements, including zinc, copper and iron. Nasturtium flower power encompasses:

  • antioxidants
  • antibacterial
  • antimicrobial,
  • antifungal,
  • hypotensive,
  • expectorant and
  • anticancer effects.

Nasturtium flower power is an amazing source of Vitamin C, which helps boost our immune system. A little like Echinacea, Nasturtium can, at the first sign of a cold, help fight off the dreaded lurgy! Nasturtium tea, taken with a little honey can ease coughs by loosening mucus and aids in clearer breathing.

Nasturtium also has wonderful antioxidant properties and, as such, Nasturtium is high in Phenolic compounds.

Phenolic compounds have a key role in defending against free radicals which bombard us on a daily basis. This can be used in the fight against cancer and also dementia.

As well as antioxidant properties, nasturtium has excellent antibacterial properties that can alleviate the symptoms of urinary tract infections.

Take the nasturtium flower power with a little horseradish and you will find an effective treatment that also prevents recurrence of the infection.

As can be seen in the Ammi and Lavender, nasturtium flower power can be used as fantastic hair tonic. Simmer the flowers in about a litre of water for 15 minutes and store in the fridge. This can then be used as an application that will help to boost your hair’s natural vitality.

It also has anti bacterial effectiveness which can treat dandruff. Whilst enjoying your tea you can be safe in the knowledge that it can help with improving your skin condition, thus providing an anti-aging effect.

Nasturtium flower power in the kitchen

the healing benefits of nasturtium flower power
Add nasturtium flower power to a salad for a colourful treat – the whole flower is edible
Did you know, Nasturtium flower power can be utilised in your meals.

What a fantastic way to encourage little ones in, not only the delights of flowers, but also cooking.

This is an engaging and fun way to gather together and create a delicious and colourful feast.

Nasturtium tastes similar to a peppery watercress and so lends itself very well to a garnish for salads.

The whole Nasturtium flower power is edible so just pick from the garden, wash well, and pop them on top of your salad. Incredibly simple but will transform an ordinary dish to an eye catching masterpiece!

For an alternative to capers, the freshly picked buds and seeds can be pickled. Add to the topping of a homemade pizza for a kick to the tomato sauce and enjoy an alfresco evening.
Another little idea is to make flower butter.

Finely chop the Nasturtium flowers and their leaves and mix into a small bowl of slightly warmed butter. Mould the butter into a cylinder, wrap in greaseproof paper and set in the fridge.

This butter makes an addition to steamed veggies. But perhaps the most intriguing use of your Nasturtium flower power butter is to spread onto fresh toast and add strawberry jam! Why not try this little treat on a Sunday morning with a steaming cup of tea in the sun. What a way to start your day!

Grow nasturtium flower power in your garden

Unlike many other flowers, Nasturtiums can be sown directly outside in the soil. Grab those seeds, a willing pair of hands (or three!) and dash outside. Seeds can be sown from March to May and will bloom all summer and into Autumn. Rake the soil well and sow about 20mm below the surface in rows of 30mm apart.

Surprisingly, the nasturtium thrives in poor soil. You can create poor soil by adding fine gravel or grit. This also has the added benefit of creating excellent drainage, which the nasturtium loves.

Once growing, if you can see they are starting to crowd each other out you can simply dig some of them up and transplant elsewhere.

There are two types of nasturtium, probably the most exciting is the trailing variety. Ensure this flower has a trellis to cling onto and watch it climb and trail and burst its colours over your garden. You could also pop these into a hanging basket and watch them cascade.

Carefully goes it!

As always, consult a doctor if you are a little unsure of how to safely use Nasturtium.

MS Guardio has also written about the healing properties of the oregano.

Above all, enjoy Nasturtium flower power!

Take time to enjoy this fabulous, fun flower.

A time to appreciate pure joy with family and friends, whether it be growing, eating or simply filling your eyes with pure sensory delight, its sure to evoke a sense of wonderment in all.

Antiviral Agents

  1. Elderberry
  2. Echinacea
  3. Garlic
  4. Green tea
  5. Olive leaf
  6. Castor oil
  7. Aloe Vera
  8. Extract of Aloe Vera leaves – has been previously reported to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral effects.
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Some foods are natural antiviral agents

MS Guardio 

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We are working on enhancement of digital technologies to foster harmony with the environment to mitigate natural disasters, diseases and help vulnerable communities.
How beautifully designed are the two phenomena of natural evolution and the human brain neural network with the goal of achieving harmony.

ANN DL (Artificial Neural Networks Deep Learning) class of networks are the type that best encapsulate and capture the structure of the brain. Humankind is benefitting from the existence of these two evolutionary systems.

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