The Ackensenf is a Kreuzblütengewächs, which was already known in the Bronze Age as (un-) herb. The herbaceous plant is annual, reaching heights of twenty to sixty centimeters. Their stems are hairy, the stalked and strongly structured leaves can be up to twenty inches long. Characteristic is the typical for cruciferous fourfold, sulfur yellow flower whose sepals stand out horizontally.
The flower has six stamens, two of which are outside and four inside. The Ackersenf has a long flowering period, which extends from May to October. As a result, he produces a pod containing eight to thirteen black seeds. As a so-called archaeophyte, the Ackersenf was introduced to the northern regions of Europe by agriculture from the Mediterranean area before 1492, when Christopher Columbus reached America, where he reproduced independently and without any help from others.
Today, arable mustard can be found in all temperate climates worldwide. As the Ackersenf prefers nutrient- and base-rich soils, it is particularly widespread on so-called weed fields on fields and fallow land, along the wayside and even on rubbish sites. He often appears in large groups of plants.
Popularly called Wilder Senf, Ackersenf is traditionally very popular in the kitchen. Here his seeds are either added to those of the white mustard, or serve his finely chopped leaves as a spice. The flower buds of Ackersenfs are also edible - they are prepared like broccoli. Even the herbaceous parts of the Ackersenfs are edible after a long cooking time and can be used as a vegetable.
But especially the young leaves of the herb give off a delicious wild vegetables. They also refine salads or herbal quarks. But beware! As with real mustard, the leaves of the field mustard are spicy, which is why they are not suitable as a main ingredient of a salad, but rather as a spicy addition. From the seeds of Ackersenfs fine sprouts can be pulled, which can be eaten fresh. The contained mustard oil is generally stimulating and can thus counteract metabolic weakness, indigestion or loss of appetite.
Recent studies have shown that mustard oil has an antibacterial and generally germicidal effect. For this reason, it can also be used for the natural preservation of food. Ayurvedic medicine benefits from the circulation-promoting properties of mustard oil: it is used for skin care and is often used for massages. In cosmetics, mustard oil is the basis for some soaps.
In the form of elixirs, in which flowering and gemstones meet, for example in the combination "Ackersenf and Vesuvian", Ackersenf helps in naturopathy to set boundaries and say no. As Ackersenf stands for clarity and meaning, he also helps to recognize when their own limit is reached and when it makes sense to divide their own forces. He is supposed to replace listless slogans and set positive, powerful life impulses.
As a wild mustard plant, the field mustard is considered a weed in fields, but it can also be used as a medicinal herb. For example, poultices may be produced from the crushed seeds of the ackersenfs, which are supposed to stimulate the blood circulation. To counteract the resulting skin irritation, a greasy cream should be applied before applying the mustard.
Such an envelope of crushed mustard seeds is also known in naturopathy as a skin-irritating mustard plaster. It is used to alleviate fixed musculoskeletal disorders, such as rheumatic complaints, tension or lumbago. These conditions can also help with sore throats and bronchitis. In general, however, the use of a mustard plaster is discouraged in cases of acute inflammation, since they already produce too much heat anyway. The rule of thumb is: mustard plasters are suitable for those complaints that have a warming effect on them.
Ackersenf is also used in Bach flower therapy. Here he is known as "Mustard" and should support the search for meaning and help against melancholy. Affected see no sense, on them the whole world looks black. Deep melancholy has lain upon her from moment to moment, without apparent cause. Therefore, affected people often do not understand why they are suddenly so sad. The mustard state is often related to an inner development, it precedes the next development step. The most essential feature of the Mustard condition, however, remains that the person concerned can not explain the reason for his sadness.
The symptoms of the blocked Mustard condition are similar to those of endogenous depression, but it can also affect those people who do not suffer from clinically depressed states. If in doubt, a specialist should be consulted as the treatment of true endogenous depression is in his hands. Patients who have overcome the negative, blocked Mustard state, according to the Bach flower theory, in the positively transformed Mustard state.
This is characterized by sunny cheerfulness, which is not lost even in difficult life phases. Thanks to a newly gained inner clarity, those affected can now preserve their bright mood even in problematic situations. Mustard can support this process with support. The Bach flower is also used as a gentle remedy for postpartum depression, if the newly minted mother can not look forward to her new baby after the birth and is therefore plagued by guilt.