Horseradish is one of those plants that have an extraordinary medical value and which has been used with therapeutic purposes ever since Antiquity. Its root has tonic, stimulating, decongesting, diuretic, digestive, antibacterial, anti-parasite, cardiac, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-neurotic properties.
For its preparation, you are going to need 30 grams of ground horseradish and one 1 liter of natural wine.
How to prepare it
The freshly chopped horseradish is to be placed in a jar made of glass and, on top of it, you can pour the wine. The solution needs to be very well stirred and it should be left to rest for about 24 hours. Afterward, the wine needs to be strained and kept in a glass recipient at a cool temperature, preferably in the fridge.
It should be consumed as a medical remedy in amounts of 50 grams before any meal.
After scraping the horseradish, do not throw away the remainings, as they can be used as a cataplasm in combination with olive oil to reduce the pain caused by rheumatism or by the swelling of the ganglions. Horseradish will stimulate the circulation of the blood in that area and reduce any muscle pain and joint discomfort caused by the inflammation process.
Horseradish has antibacterial and antibiotic properties, thus consuming this plant will eliminate any bacteria or fungus that might linger through the body. It is also very rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps the immune system to fight against infections, colds, and flus. It is extremely useful especially when it comes to sinusitis, as it will clear the sinuses and the airways.
The studies have shown that it is able to prevent some types of cancer, especially the pulmonary and colorectal ones. It has also diuretic properties, meaning that it will help you eliminate the retention of water, edema and toxins.
The foods that contain this remedy are recommended in a variety of affections such as:
- Respiratory affections – cough, asthma, bronchitis.
- Digestive affections – loss of appetite, hypo acid gastritis, diarrhea, digestive atony, intestinal parasites.
- Cardiac affections – high blood pressure, pectoral angina.
- Any form of anemia
What to pay attention to?
Horseradish should not be consumed in high amounts because it might have an irritating effect on the gastro-intestinal mucous, on the kidneys and on the nervous system.
If you are suffering from one of the following conditions, you should not consume this food:
- Renal conditions
- Congestive states
- Irregular cardiac cycle
- Ulcer or hyperacidity at the level of the stomach
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding
- Children under the age of 7