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Rocket or Warbler

  1. Sisymbrium officinale, a fancy name for a stiff herb that likes to dwell on roadsides and vacant lots. Once cherished by a French cultural elite of singers and speakers for its soothing effect on their overworked vocal cords. Then completely forgotten and now possibly back in fashion.

The name sisymbrium

  1. Sisymbrium would come from erysinum, and that in turn from the Greek eruesthai. Which refers to the medicinal properties of the plant. The second part of the name "officinale" indicates that the herb was already used by pharmacists in their workshops, the so-called officinae. The herb is also said to have been dedicated to an actress in ancient Greece "sisymbria". But Sisymbrium could also come from "watercress". The rocket used to belong to the family of watercress, now officially called Nasturtium.

Dodoens wrote:

  1. "It is mixed with honey, and often gheleckt, is good for making the taeye fluymen and purulent gatherings of the breast and the longhene rise and ripen." It is still used in folk medicine for the throat. Unsurprisingly, the plant, like many other members of its family, contains mustard oil glycosides or glucosinolates, which are antiseptic and expectorant.

Leclerc and the Singer Syrup

  1. But it was mainly known in France as syrup d'Erysimum composée, this syrup was composed of barley, raisins, liquorice, borage, chicory, alant root, coltsfoot, rosemary and lavender flower tops and March violets. And sometimes some other ingredients. At the time of Louis XIV, it was an "infallible remedy for loss of voice" in cultural circles. It was mainly the French physician Henri Leclerc, who gave the plant some fame again 60 years ago. He saw a real improvement of voice problems (hoarseness, aphony) in speakers and sawyers by drinking a tea with especially fresh Sisymbrium leaves.

Names of Sisymbrium

  1. English: common hedge mustard, hedgemustard. German: Hederichkraut, Wegrauke, Wilder Senf. Swedish: vägsenap, apotekskrasse. French: herbe aux chantres, tortelle, vélar. Italian: erisimo.

Botanical description

  1. Fruits are pressed against the stem, tapering towards the top, short stalks, usually short hair, sometimes bare, 1-2 cm long. Leaves with elongated, serrated lateral lips and spike-shaped end lip, as well as the stem with short hair. Petals 2-4 mm long, pale yellow. Grows in open, moist to dry, uncultivated, nutrient-rich, tilled soil along roads and hedges.

For further study.

  1. Leclerc. L'Erysimum ou Herbe au chantre. Journ. des Praticiens. 1920. Leclerc. Précis de phytothérapie. 1954. Brissemoret. L’Erysimum. Journ. des Praticiens. 1900 Saintignon. Note sur les proprieties thérapeutiques pharyngolarygiennes de deux medicaments méconnus: L'Erysimum et le mucilage des poirreaux. Soc. The Thérap., 1908. Hagers Handbuch der pharmazeutischen Praxis. Rudolf Hänsel, Konstantin Keller, Horst Rimpler Little scientific research has been conducted recently. Where are the scientists!

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