Planta Med 2020; 86(05): 307-311
DOI: 10.1055/a-1088-9928
Biological and Pharmacological Activity
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Sisymbrium officinale, the Plant of Singers: A Review of Its Properties and Uses

Maira Zorzan*
1   OU Endocrinology, Dept. Medicine (DIMED), University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Paolo Zucca*
2   Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Daniela Collazuol
1   OU Endocrinology, Dept. Medicine (DIMED), University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Stefania Peddio
2   Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Antonio Rescigno
2   Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Raffaele Pezzani
1   OU Endocrinology, Dept. Medicine (DIMED), University of Padova, Padova, Italy
3   AIROB, Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Oncologica di Base, Padova, Italy
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Publication History

received 15 November 2019
revised 27 December 2019

accepted 04 January 2020

Publication Date:
04 February 2020 (online)


Sisymbrium officinale (hedge mustard and formerly called Erysimum officinale) is a common plant in wild lands of Europe and Africa. It is also cultivated for its seeds and leaves to be used in salad or mustard. Sisymbrium officinale is useful not only in culinary preparations, but it also seems to possess interesting therapeutic properties, especially for throat diseases such as aphonia and hoarseness. For this reason, it is commonly called “herb of singers” (in Italian, “Erba dei cantanti”). Indeed a cup of Sisymbrium officinale infusion is frequently consumed by singers before artistic performance, even if its beneficial ability still needs to be scientifically demonstrated. Some preliminary data can be analyzed, but new efforts and resources should be devoted to study and investigate a plant with valuable therapeutic potential. This review summarizes the data available for Sisymbrium officinale.

* These 2 authors should be regarded as co-first authors.

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