Have you noticed at the supermarket, as your base for salad, not only is there lettuce now, but easily available is the wonder of watercress?
The Romans believed that those who ate watercress were deemed to be more intelligent afterwards and the Egyptian kings gave watercress juice twice daily to slaves to increase their productivity.
In the middle ages, the juice was rubbed into the scalp to strengthen hair, and the Native American Indians ate it to dissolve gravel and stones in the bladder. So what does it actually help with?
Watercress is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements and is extremely nourishing to eat daily if stressed or run down. It provides iron for anaemia, enhances the immune system and also gives you that missing vitality if tired. It can help the body eliminate toxins by way of cleansing the blood, and this also makes it excellent to eat daily if you have arthritis, rheumatism and gout, and also for skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis.
It is also rumoured that it enhances fertility due to the high Vitamin E levels. Include in your salalds for good digestion and if lacking an appetite…all in all, it is a very useful little salad leaf don’t you think?