Descurainia Sophia

Name: Descurainia Sophia



An annual herbaceous plant 10-90 cm high. The stems are straight, densely leafy, branched, gray-toupose. The leaves are thrice pinnately dissected, petiolate, the upper ones are sessile. The flowers are a multi-flowered brush of pale yellow color. Blooms in April-May. The fruits are cylindrical, glabrous, slightly curved, thin pods with multiple brown seeds. Fruits in August.

Descurainia is common in many regions of Russia and the Caucasus.

Medicinal raw materials are seeds, roots and flowering grass. Descurainia preparations have antihelminthic, antiseptic, astringent (except seeds), antipyretic, hemostatic and wound-healing effects. The seeds have a laxative effect.

Grass and roots in the form of a decoction are drunk for diseases of the larynx, as an antipyretic, a remedy for bronchitis, inflammation of the kidneys and gallbladder, smallpox and scarlet fever. A hot infusion of leaves (preferably with honey to taste) is drunk with nervous shocks, hysterical seizures, hemoptysis and diarrhea.


Infusion: 1 tbsp. a spoonful of grass or leaves insist 1 – 2 hours in 1 cup of boiling water. Filter, add honey to taste and drink 1/4-1/3 cup 3-4 times a day before meals.

Seeds in tincture water are drunk with atony of the gastrointestinal tract (indigestion), cough, flu, fever, atonic and other constipation.

Tincture: 1:1 in 70° alcohol; drink 15-20 drops after a meal.

Infusion of seeds: 4-6 g of crushed seeds infuse for an hour in 1 cup of boiling water and drink 1-2 tbsp. spoons 3-4 times every day after meals.

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