Natural Treatment with Horseradish
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family (which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage).
The plant is probably native to southeastern Europe and western Asia.
Cooks use the terms “horseradish” or “prepared horseradish” to refer to the grated root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar.
*Health Benefits of Horseradish
Horseradish intensifies saliva and gastric secretions; it is useful as a tonic and stimulant gastric appetizer, in anemia, lack of appetite, acting favorably in diarrhea.
Due to generalized excitation of renal parenchyma become diuretic; it is useful in dropsy, gout, rheumatism and prevents kidney stones.
In respiratory therapy, horseradish is used in chronic respiratory catarrh, asthma, bronchitis.
In traditional medicine, it is recommended as an adjunct in cardiac disease: painful ischemic heart disease, angina and hypertension.
Its external use is mainly based on the revulsive effect of freshly grated horseradish. Causing congestion at the application site activates blood circulation.
Applications with Horseradish make disappear or alleviate pain.
Horseradish is recommended in various rheumatic neuralgia natures, in joint inflammation, even to combat migraines, the intercostal and dental neuralgia .
Horseradish is used in acute bronchitis, pneumonia and flu.
Its revulsive effect can be a valuable adjunct in parodontosis.
Due to the antiseptic effect, it is recommended for oral care in the form of a mouthwash.
You can consume as such culinary purposes; to combat tapeworm is recommended to be consumed more time, along with onions and raw fruits.
For periodontitis chew a piece of root, every day for a week. If it is necessary, repeat once more.
*Medicinal Recipes with Horseradish
Infusion: prepare the infusion from 15 grams to 20 grams of grated Horseradish, add one liter of water; allow the mixture to soak for 12 hours; drink 2 cups of this liquid per day, between meals.
Tonic wine: put 30 g of grated Horseradish to a liter of wine to soak for 24 hours. Strain the liquid and take one glass of 50 g before meals.
Syrup: is useful for anemic children without appetite. For the syrup preparation, cut the root of horseradish into fine slivers and add sugar; let it soak until the juice from the mixture comes out; take one tablespoon of juice per day.
Horseradish in milk: put 2 tablespoons of grated horseradish in 1/2 liter hot milk, let it soak for one hour; drink it as an – adjunct in the morning.
Horseradish with honey cures painful ischemic heart disease, angina, and hypertension. Make a smooth paste of one teaspoon of grated horseradish with a spoon of honey; take one spoonful one hour before breakfast in the morning. The treatment lasts 30 days and can be repeated after three months.
Grated Horseradish poultice applied to the chest in cases of bronchitis, influenza, pulmonary congestion.
The local or general baths with Horseradish flour are useful in rheumatism and joint inflammation; the mustard flour is also useful; over the flour, which is in a gauze bag pour hot water; It’s needed about one teaspoon per liter of water. The bath lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
Horseradish tincture: for the tincture preparation it is necessary 20g of grated horseradish, that have to let soak for 2 weeks in 100 ml alcohol; it is used for antirheumatic local frictions.
Parodontosis: chew a piece of root, every day.
Antiseptic Mouthwash: is made from the tincture of horseradish leaves (put 20 g of horseradish leaves in 100 ml of alcohol; let it soak for 10 days) and from the equal part of water, when you use it for mouthwash.
*Contraindications and Precautions
Despite the severe irritation potential, the horseradish is generally recognized as safe for human consumption, in the quantities used as food.
Eating horseradish in large quantities can cause gastrointestinal upset, vomiting and diarrhea or mucous membrane irritation.
The contact of skin with fresh horseradish can causes irritation and blisters or allergic reactions.
Internal use of horseradish should be avoided in people with stomach diseases and intestinal ulcers, as well as in children under the age of 4 years.
It is not recommended in acute renal diseases.