This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Nasturtium Hortense vulgatum C. B. Lepidium fativum Linn. Garden cresses: a low plant, with variously cut winged leaves, bearing on the top of the round stalk and branches tusts of tetrapetalous white flowers, which are followed by roundish capsules, flatted on one side, full of reddish round seeds. It is annual, and raised in gardens.
The garden cress is an useful dietetic herb in scorbutic habits, viscidities of the juices, ob-strudtions of the viscera, and for promoting di-gestion; nearly of the same quality with water cress, but somewhat milder. The seeds are considerably more pungent than the leaves, and agree in their general qualities with those of mustard.