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Hedge Mustard

Sisymbrium Oficinale

Herbal tradition holds hedge mustard tea with honey to be sovereign for hoarsness and laryngitis. Why this should be so is a mystery. The plant contains mustard oil glycosides that should irritate rather than ease inflammation. The seeds also contain other glycosides whose effect, though much weaker, resembles that of digitalis in foxglove: they can cause heart failure. The greens are edible raw or cooked.

Hedge mustard seeds can be toxic, especially to heart patients, if ingested in quantity.

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