Sinapis arvensis

Sinapis arvensis L.

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

  • Charlock
  • Charlock Mustard
  • Wild Mustard
  • اوفيته
  • خردل بري
  • شلوة صفرا
  • فجيله
  • قرلة
  • لفيتة
  • نفيته
  • fijeleh
  • khardal barri
  • lafiteh
  • nafiteh
  • ofeiteh
  • qirilla
  • shilwa Safra
  • חַרְדַּל הַשָּׂדֶה
  • khardal ha-sade

Annual

  • Batha
  • Phrygana

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Sinapis arvensis L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Ageing

Memory loss

Nootropic

Eat x2 raw seeds/day before breakfast for 2 mth.

SeedB
Cardiovascular

Arteriosclerosis

Anti-atherosclerotic

Soak seeds in water, boil for 30 min & drink 1 cup x3/day.

SeedB
Cardiovascular

Blood congestion (limb)

Vasoprotective

Grind seeds & apply as poultice to affected area nightly for 1 week.

SeedB
Cardiovascular

Heart stimulant

Cardiac

Grind seeds, add to food as spice & eat with meals x3/day.

SeedB
Cardiovascular

High blood pressure (Hypertension)

Hypotensive

Decoct seeds & drink x1cup/day.

SeedB
Cardiovascular

Varicose veins

Vasoprotective

Boil leaves in boiling water for 10 min, transfer decoction to another container & immerse affected area for 10-15 min x2/day.

LeafB
Dermatological

Chilblains

Rubefacient

Decoct flowers & use as bath for hands & feet for 30 min x2 /day for 1 week.

FlowerB
Dermatological

Dandruff

Anti-dandruff

Extract oil from flowers & apply to scalp x2/day as needed.

FlowerB
Dermatological

Skin inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Extract juice from aerial parts & apply to affected area x 2/day until healed.

Aerial partsB
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

Prepare aerial parts with salad & eat.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Appetizer

Stomachic

Grind seeds & add to food as a spice.

SeedB
Gastrointestinal

Carminative

Carminative

Eat raw seeds x3/day.

SeedB
Gastrointestinal

Food poisoning

Anti-Infective

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1 cup as needed.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Intestinal ulceration

Anti-ulcer

Boil leaves in water, refrigerate & drink x1 cup/day until well.

LeafB
Haematology

Anaemia

Anti-anaemic

Prepare aerial parts as salad + salt + yougurt + olive oil & eat daily until well.

Aerial partsB
Haematology

Spleen disease

Non-specific

Eat 1-4 fresh leaves x 3/day.

LeafB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

1.Boil roots in water, soak until use, filter & drink 1 cup x2/day morning & evening until well.
2. Decoct seeds & drink x1cup/day for 1 week.
3. Mix equal amounts of seeds + carrot + parsley + celery seeds & eat x1 teaspoon with water.
4. Add cut leaves to yougurt & eat with meals.

Leaf, Root, SeedB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary retention

Deobstruent

Boil roots in water, soak until use, filter & drink 1 cup x2/day morning & evening until well.

RootB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract Infection

Anti-Infective

1. Eat fresh aerial parts x1/day for 1 week.
2. Cut leaves into small pieces, cook + onions + olive oil & eat x1/day until well.

Aerial parts, LeafB
Nervous System

Brain clot (stroke)

Nervine

Cook aerial parts + onions + olive oil & eat x1/day for 1 week.

Aerial partsB
Respiratory

Asthma

Anti-asthmatic

Grind dried leaves + seeds + honey & eat x2/day until well.

Leaf, SeedB
Respiratory

Cold/ cough

Anti-Infective, Anti-tussive

1.Grind dried leaves & seeds & apply as poultice to chest.
2. Add cut leaves to yougurt & eat with meals as needed.

Leaf, SeedB
Wound Healing

Ulcerated wound

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Add 40 drops of plant oil from seeds to 1L water & add to bath water; bathe x1/day until healed.

FlowerB

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Sinapis genus contains species which if ingested in large amounts can cause irritant poisoning. Contraindicated in children below 6 yrs & patients with renal disease, gastric tract ulcers & mustard allergy. Externally seeds can irritate & burn skin so poultice use should be limited to 10-15 min in adults (or less in sensitive individuals), 5-10 min in children. Prolonged use causes skin & nerve damage. Plant is possibly poisonous once seedpods are formed. Orally linked to hyperthroidism, goitre & seed retention in the intestine.