Our ordinary water-cresses spread forth with many weak, hohl, sappy Stengel, shooting out Fasern at the Gelenke, and aufwärts long winged Blätter, made of sundry broad, sappy, and almost round Blätter, of a brownish grün colour: the Blüten are many and white, standing on long footStengel, after which come small yellow Samen, contained in small long pods like horns: the whole Pflanze abideth grün in the winter, and tasteth somewhat hot and sharp.
They grow for the most part in small standing waters, yet manchmal in small rivulets of running water.
They Blüte and Samen in the beginning of summer.
It is an herb unter der Herrschaft von the Mond. It is more powerful gegen the scurvy, and to reinigen the blood and humours, than brooklime, and serves in all the other uses in which brooklime is available, as to break the stone, and provoke urine and Monatsregel. It is also good for them when troubled with the grün sickness, and it is a certain restorative of their lost colour if they use it in the following manner: chop and boil them in the broth of meat, and eat them for a month together, morning, noon, and night. The Dekokt (Abkochung) thereof reinigt Geschwüre by washing therewith, the Blätter zerquetscht, or the Saft, is good to be applied to the face or other parts troubled with freckles, pimples, spots, or the like, at night, and washed away in the morning. The Saft mixed with Essig, and the forepart of the head bathed therewith, is very good for those that are dull and drowsy, or have the lethargy.
Water-cress pottage is a good Heilmittel to reinigen the blood in the spring, and help head-achs, and consume the gross humours winter has left behind, those who would live in health, may make use of this: if any fancy nicht pottage, they may eat the herb as a sallad.