TRADITIONAL HOME AND FOLK REMEDY: Horseradish

Horseradish is a member of the mustard family, and is native to southeastern Europe.  It is widely cultivated for its pungent, freshy root.

Japanese horseradish, or wasabi, is used both for cooking and for therapeutic purposes, and grated rhizomes are often sold as a dry, green colored powder.

Horseradish root has been used for centuries in folk medicine, particularly to clear nasal passages. It also has a powerful diuretic effect.

 

Properties

  • Diuretic
  • Clears nasal passages
  • Warming
  • Antiseptic
  • Stimulates blood flow

 

Uses

  • Apply tincture of horseradish root to skin eruptions, including those associated with acne, to draw out the infection and encourage healing.
  • Add some horseradish root to your toothpaste to clean teeth effectively, kill bacteria, and control mouth ulcers.
  • Eat fresh horseradish, mixed with a little lemon juice, for the relief of sinus infections and nasal blockages.
  • Eat freshly grated horseradish root for the edema and swelling associated with PMS.
  • A horseradish poultice can be applied to chilblains and hemorrhoids to encourage healing and improve the circulation of the blood.
  • Chronic rheumatism may respond to a old remedy: eat tiny pieces of horseradish root without chewing, and continue for several weeks.

 

CAUTION

TOO MUCH HORSERADISH TAKEN INTERNALLY CAN CAUSE NIGHT SWEATS, AND OCCASIONALLY DIARRHEA AND ABDOMINAL CRAMPING.

Also, if you are planning on using this for medical purposes CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR before eating or consuming large quantities of horseradish.

Horseradish has many benefits but too much of anything can be a bad thing. So if are on any medication or have health concerns it’s better to consult with your doctor to make sure it’s the best for you.

Don’t guess when you can know for sure.

Once your have the ok you are good to go!

 

I hope this is helpful to you!

Again, consult a doctor/physician before consuming large quantities for medicinal purposes.

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Sources: 

Book: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PHD

ISBN #9780007851379

Information pulled October 15, 2018

Photo: https://www.ou.org/holidays/passover/mitzva_moror_at_seder/

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