The leaves and flowers of the nasturtium plant are packed with vitamin C. The use of vitamin C in the treatment and prevention of the common cold is controversial in medical circles, with research ongoing. Taking vitamin C daily can help to reduce the duration of cold symptoms by 10 per cent in adults, and 15 per cent in children. Nasturtium is also a powerful decongestant that helps to clear congested sinuses and lungs. "It clears mucus from a cough, plus it's really easy to grow from seed.
I love nasturtium plants, so illustrating this one was a lot of fun. Slightly stressful, this was the only plant still flowering that I could find, so I had to get it painted before it withered. Serious pressure.