Known since ancient times, a medicine valued by Greeks and Romans, the horseradish was a plant also spread among Dacians. They used to use raw leaves, tied on the forehead, to remove pains and to clear their mind. From grated root, they were baking breads to cure quinsy , and horseradish flower tea to remove even the worst colds.
Decayed from its old glory, the horseradish is rarely used as medicine and more often as a spice for food. Shame! Its force of healing is remarkable and…free. What is the secret of its power? First, the pungency of roots, which makes it very effective in treating rheumatic diseases and upper respiratory tract. Then, horseradish root is very rich in vitamins (especially C and from B complex) and minerals, contains natural antibiotics, enzymes, phytohormons etc. Many folk remedes put in value this arsenal of active principles of horseradish in various diseases as we see below:
Recipes with Horseradish:
Take some horseradish roots and pass them through the little grater, then put them in a jar to fill a third of it, and fill the rest with white alimentary 80 degrees alcohol. Let it soak for 8 days, then strain it by pressing the mix through a cheesecloth.
- Internal use: take a teaspoon 3-4 times a day to cure cough, cold and influenza.
- External use: Apply to threat rheumatism, necrotic wounds. The application of tincture is slightly painful, but very effective.
Rub a horseradish root on a grater, add 4 tablespoons of honey, mix it well and let it soak for a few minutes. Strain it by pressing the content through a gauze. The raw syrup is obtained. Boil the remaining residues with some water (enough to cover it). After boiling, strain by pressing, allow it to cool, then mix it with the raw syrup. Take three tablespoons per day.
Recomandation: asthma, chronic bronchitis, diseases of middle and lower airways in general.
Wash 12 eggs very well, then put them (with shell) in a bowl and keep them for 12 hours in natural lemon juice (the juice must cover the eggs). Remove the eggs from the lemon juice, then break them and beat them well. After this put them back in the lemon juice bowl, which is added to 1 kg of peeled and grated horseradish, add 1 liter of natural strong plum brandy and 1 kg of honey. Keep the mixture in a jar and let it soak for 9 days. Take 1-3 tablespoons every day after meals.
Horseradish tonic wine:
In one liter of natural red wine, put 15 tablespoons of fine grated horseradish. Seal the glass and let it soak for 8-9 days, then filter it. Take 3-4 tablespoons of this tonic wine to improve digestion, to stimulate and regulate cardiac activity, against anemia and to prevent renal lithiasis. In the long term, this wine with horseradish is also a sexual tonic and a very good aphrodisiac.
The horseradish roots are cut into cubes and put them on a radiator or near a heat source to dry. When the water is completely removed from them and it becomes dry as tinder, grind these cubes with an electric coffe grinder, and obtain a white powder with strong irritative effects. This is the horseradish flour, which is used in obtaining decoctions,for poultices or given as such. Usually, the grinding process of dry roots to obtain horseradish flour is done just before using it. Otherwise, if it’s stored, as time passes it loses its therapeutic properties.
- Option 1: Pass the horseradish on the fine grater, then wrap it in gauze and put it on the affected area. Keep it there until the burning sensation appears, then remove. It is the external application with the most powerful effect, but it’s pretty hursh, so often a milder version is prefered.
- Option 2: Put in a bowl 2 tablespoons of horseradish flour and 2 tablespoons of f flaxseed flour, add water and mix very well until it forms a paste. Wrap this paste in cheesecloth and apply it on the affected area for an hour.
Grate a horseradish root and insert it in a bottle. Pour apple with honey vinegar over it until the liquid covers the horseradish. Let it soak in a warm place for ten days. Pour small amount of liquid and use it for external application. It is successfully used against facial paresis, against skin flaking and seborrhea.
Therapeutic indications of horseradish:
- Runny noses, cough of various etiologies – Take 5-6 teaspoons of horseradish syrup per day, and swallow it slowly, giving it time to act at the throat level. Additionally, it is done a gargle with horseradish tincture: three teaspoons of tincture in a quarter cup of water.
- Chronic and acute bronchitis and asthma – Consume daily 3-4 teaspoons of grated horseradish, alone or in combination with grated carrot. The horseradish has strong antibiotic effects, expectorant and bronchodilator.
- Adjuvant in pulmonary tuberculosis – take 3-4 teaspoons of horseradish based tonic described above, every day, after meals.
- The urethra polyps – take 4 teaspoons of horseradish tincture disolved in little water every day.
- Slow digestion, hypoacid gastritis – Consume 2-3 tablespoons of finely grated horseradish, during main meals. Additionally, before meals, you can take 1-2 spoons of horseradish tonic wine.
- Anemia in adults – with several minutes before meal take 3-4 spoons of horseradish tonic wine.
- Loss of appetite, anemia in children – consume at least once a day a salad that contains a 1-2 teaspoons of finely grated horseradish and 1-2 tablespoons of beetroot. This small diet is held for at least a month, and it is recommended especially during winter and at the transition from the cold season to the warm one.
- Rheumatism, gout – in a cup of warm milk put 1-2 teaspoons of horseradish. This preparation is drunk on an empty stomach 1-2 times per day. A treatment lasts at least 3 weeks.
- Stuffy nose (chronic rhinitis) – Consume grated horseradish (2-4 teaspoons per day). Additionally, the external treatment for sinusitis is made.
External applications with horseradish:
- Sinusitis, rhinitis – In a scarf, put 2 spoons of grated horseradish. Apply this poultice on the forehead as long as is beared, while being careful not to cause burns to the skin. The nose is cleared almost instantaneously and abundant secretions starts to be eliminated, thus cleaning the upper airways. It is recommended to do this very efficient treatment, 4-5 days in a row.
- Bronchitis, influenza, lung congestion – Apply on the chest poultices with horseradish flour (prepared by the method above), which is kept for 30-60 minutes. The application is repeated every 2-3 days.
- Rheumatic pain – On the affected area apply a poultice with raw horseradish as long as there is no burning sensations. Additionally, after removing the poultice, a camphorated ointment can be applied.
- Paradontosis – intensely mix grated raw horseradish (eventually mixed with grated carrot to mitigate the hot sensation). At the gums level, the horseradish has strong stimulating effects of circulation and trophic processes.
- Stomatitis – Disolve 3-4 teaspoons of horseradish tincture in a half a glass of water. Long rinse your mouth with this solution.
- Facial paralysis – apply on the cheek, twice a day, a dressing with horseradish vinegar, obtained by the above recipe. Over the dressing put a nylon and hold a hot water bottle to obtain a mild local hyperthermia. Each application lasts 10-15 minutes.
- Pale, withered complexion – With a cotton swab apply horseradish vinegar, which activates the blood circulation and has tonic effects on the skin.
- Mentaining a youthful skin- At night, before bedtime, apply on the cheek horseradish syrup, and hold it for 10-15 minutes, then remove it with a cotton swab dipped in milk.
- Peeling skin – wipe the affected area with horseradish tincture (eventually diluted with a little water), then apply calendula ointment.
Precautions and contraindications in treatment with horseradish:
Internally, the horseradish must be administered with caution to people with irritable bowel or to those who suffer from hyperacid gastritis. The horseradish abuse in diet leads to digestive disorders and nervous disorders.
Externally, the horseradish, especially in the form of poultice, will be used with caution to people who have sensitive, allergic skin.