Benefits of Horseradish plant

Benefits of Horseradish plant    Due to its medicinal characteristics and to the contribution it brings to the taste of meals, horseradish is one of the most used plants. It has thick pulpy yellowy roots, spicy taste and antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and aphrodisiacal properties.

Description of Horseradish plant

   Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a strong seasoning successfully used in phytotherapy. Because of its spicy flavor the horseradish root is used in conserving the canned food for the winter but is also used throughout the year in preparing various meal recipes. It originated in south-eastern Europe and western Asia and it is resistant to the low temperatures as well as to droughts. This herb grows in the shaded places as well as the warm ones but it does not grow on sandy soils, however argillaceous alkaline soils rich in humus are ideal for horseradish. It can grow up to 2m; it has large edible leaves and a branched stem.


Proprieties and benefits of Horseradish

   As a medicine horseradish root has many curative properties: strong antibiotic, expectorant, bronchodilatator, antibacterial, coronary vasodilatator, it increases the blood pressure, it heats up the body, stimulates the body's immune system, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antianemic, antiscorbutic, diuretic. It can stimulate the appetite. It has a cardiotonic effect and is recommended to the people that suffer from high blood pressure. Also it is known that horseradish has aphrodisiacal properties.


   Bronchitis, sinusitis, paradontosis, rheumatism, anemia, flu, stomatitis, and even facial paralysis can be treated by using horseradish. As for sinusitis and rhinitis it is enough for a cataplasm to be placed on the forehead along with two spoons of grained horseradish so that the nose gets immediately decongested. This treatment is repeated 4 to 5 days in a row and it gets interrupted once burns occur.

   Against bronchitis, flu and lung congestions, horseradish flour is applied like a cataplasm on the chest area for a half an hour up to an hour. This treatment is repeated once every two or three days.

   Pains caused by rheumatism disappear if a cataplasm of horseradish is used. If a burning sensation appears the treatment is to be stopped.

   Gargling tincture of horseradish dosed in 3-4 spoons in a glass half filled with water alleviates stomatitis.

   Against paradontosis, the person suffering from it would need to chew grained horseradish. It can be mixed with carrots to reduce the spicy taste. This herb is great for gums because of its strong stimulating effects.

   Horseradish syrup is recommended in cases of asthma, bronchitis, breathing disorders.



   The mixtures that can be obtained from horseradish are: tincture, horseradish vinegar, horseradish flour or horseradish cataplasm.

The tincture

The tincture of horseradish is prepared by graining horseradish and filling it in a recipient in proportion of 80%. The recipient is then filled to the brim with white alimentary alcohol of 80 degrees and is left to mix for 8 days, after which the whole mixture is strained.

Horseradish syrup

Horseradish syrup is obtained in the following way: grained horseradish root is mixed with 4 spoons of honey and are left to mix for several minutes. The mixture is strained and pressed with gauze. The raw syrup is obtained. The remains from the gauze are set to boil in a small quantity of water. After boiling, the mixture gets strained and then left to cool off, after which it gets mixed with the raw syrup. It is consumed by taking 3 spoons of the mixture a day.

Horseradish flour

To prepare the horseradish flour the horseradish root is cut into tiny squares which are left near a heating stove to dry up. After that they get grained. The whitish powder can be stored, however with the passing of the time it loses some of its characteristics.

Another very useful mixture for cases of facial paresis or seborrhea is horseradish vinegar, which is obtained by filling a bottle with grained horseradish over which apple vinegar is poured until it gets filled to the top. The mixture from the bottle is to be consumed in small quantities to treat the abovementioned illnesses.


   The consumption of horseradish is not advisable to the individuals suffering from gastric ulcer, goitrous problems or renal illnesses. Also the consumption of horseradish is forbidden to children younger than 4 years old.