The Herbalist Bible, a book compiled in 1640s by herbalist to King Charles I, on Water Cress:
Used to combat fatigue and cleanse the skin: ‘powerfull against the Scurvy, and to clense the blood and humours’
It is considered one of the oldest vegetables consumed by humans. The healing properties and health benefits are acknowledged in modern science today:
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A compound called Isothiocyanate (ITC) and vitamin C is found in watercress, which can help stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin, leading to younger, healthier skin.
A double page spread from The Herbalist Bible by Julie Bruton-Seal