Horseradish is a pungent, strong-smelling herb, mainly known grated. As it has many positive qualities, it is worth getting to know it better and using it in a variety of ways.
Horseradish is a close relative of mustard, and is best known for its grated roots used as a spice or flavouring. It is mainly a plant of Eastern and Central European origin, but is now widespread throughout Europe. It prefers wet areas, so in gardens it is best to plant it in a place where it receives plenty of rainfall, it is well cared for and reproduces quickly.
The root of the horseradish contains a large amount of a substance called synigrin, which is converted into allyl isothiocyanate by the enzyme myrosinase and gives the horseradish its strong, pungent flavour. In addition, allyl isothiocyanate has a strong antifungal and antibacterial effect, making horseradish a great medicine during viral periods. It is also rich in potassium and vitamin C, as well as sodium, magnesium, calcium, other minerals, flavone, mustard oil, synigrin, glycosides.
The glucosinolate in horseradish strengthens the liver in its detoxification work. It is very effective against infections of the kidneys and urinary tract, and is also a remedy for bronchitis, upper respiratory tract diseases and cough. Due to its high fibre content, it cleanses the intestinal tract and has an intestinal worming effect. It also improves appetite by stimulating the mucous membranes of the stomach and the entire digestive tract.
How to use?
It is also great to use externally as a poultice. It is mainly used for rheumatic complaints, headaches, toothaches and nerve pain. Its decoction can also be used to strengthen the immune system. For this, boil 5 tablespoons of water with 5 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of freshly grated horseradish. Consume 5 teaspoons of it daily.
To make syrup, boil 5 tablespoons of water, the same amount of honey, 1 tablespoon of chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of freshly grated horseradish. Drink 3 tablespoons of syrup a day.
For internal use, mix freshly grated horseradish and honey in equal proportions. 1 tablespoon per day is recommended.
If used for joint complaints, mix freshly grated horseradish with 4 tablespoons of skimmed cottage cheese, spread over the sore area to a 1/2 cm thickness and wash off after 10 minutes.
The horseradish poultice can be used as a remedy for asthma, headache, toothache. To do this, grate horseradish and spread it on linen with a knife, but be careful not to leave it on the skin for more than 10 minutes, as it is very irritating.