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Eruca sativa

Eruca sativa (Cruciferae)

ROCKET, ROCQUETTE, DAME'S ROCKET

 

Rocket leaves are a popular salad ingredient, having a sharp peppery taste. They have been used medicinally since Roman times and are now given by herbalists to help digestion and support the body's lymphatic system.

 

Rocket is now popular in France, Italy, and Egypt. In the past, it was associated with deceit because the flower has a sweet perfume at night but none in the day. A native of Italy, it is an annual with a rosette of long, broadly-toothed, peppery-tasting leaves at its base, cream flowers with purple veins in summer, and pods containing mustard-like seeds in the autumn.

 

PARTS USED

Leaves.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Volatile oil; heterosides.

 

ACTIONS

Prevents scurvy; stimulates digestion.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Used for digestive problems, support in lymphatic conditions, and scrofula (tuberculosis of bones or the lymphatic system).

 

PREPARATIONS

Fresh leaves.    

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