Parts Usually Used
Description of Plant(s) and Culture
Hedge mustard is a common, much-hated, annual weed; grows 1-4 feet
high, the purple-hued, branching stem bears light green, lyrately
pinnatifid or pinnate leaves with dentate or coarsely toothed segments.
The small, yellow flowers grow in terminal racemes from April to November.
Beneath the flower clusters, linear or oblong seed pods develop, closely
pressed to the axis in a long, slender raceme. The seeds resemble
those of mustard.
Found in fields and waste places all over North America; except the
extreme north. Also found in Europe.
Diuretic, expectorant, stomachic
The tea is popularly used in Europe for colds,
coughs, hoarseness, chest congestion, laryngitis, bronchial catarrh.
Formulas or Dosages
Infusion: steep 1 tsp. of the plant in 1/2 cup water for 4-5
minutes. Take 1 1/2 to 2 cups per day, a mouthful at a time. For catarrhal
problems, sweeten with honey if desired.