Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) medicinal herb
is a European perennial plant that has been a culinary favorite for more
than 3,000 years. The main part used as herbal medicine is the root and it is from the
family of Cruciferae. The leaves are sometimes used as herbal medicine.
It is used as a stimulant, condiment as well as a spice and the root is scraped and grated most of the times. If not used immediately, it may be stored in a plastic bag and placed in the freezer for future use. It is a very pungent herb, so be careful when preparing it because it can cause the eyes and the nasal passage to become irritated.
The medicinal properties are analgesic, stimulant, aperient, rubefacient, tonic, digestive, diuretic as well as antiseptic. One of the ways to benefit from the stimulant property is to utilize it in an herbal bath because this can result in the stimulation of circulation of the blood as well as coronary and respiratory stimulations.
common names are Armoracia lapathifolia, Horse plant, Armoracia rusticana, Rave picant, Great raifort, Red cole and also Cochlearia armoracia. The constituents are vitamins C and K, resins, flavonoids, glucosinolates and asparagine.
It is a member of the bitter herbs or maror that the
Jews ate at the feast of the passover. As a matter of fact, in Exodus
12 and verse 8 it stated that, "and with bitter herbs they shall eat
Due to its popular culinary use and health benefits as well as its medicinal properties, it is declared as one of the most widely used plants among users. Whether fresh or dried, the herbal remedy of this plant can be achieved. However, when it used dried, it may lose some of its potency, but in minimal amount. It may be eaten raw and is used in various dishes and sauces around the world.
It is an an alternative medicine for arthritis, thyroid activity conditions, flu, colds, kidney and lungs infection. It is a natural remedy to expel worms in children and is excellent to be used externally for skin infections, wounds and sores. The juice mix with vinegar, when applied to the skin will aid in removing freckles.
Its uses also include the treatment of sinusitis, blocked nostrils, spots associated with age, sciatica, nasal polyps, cancer, baldness, anemia, bronchitis, allergy, blemishes, abscess, anorexia, pains, stomach conditions, throat conditions, coughs, heart conditions, gout, toothache, urinary tract infection (UTI), scurvy, impotence, gallstones, epilepsy, constipation, haemophilia, high cholesterol, paralysis, miscarriages, chest congestion, hysteria and dandruff.
Mix the juice with enough water and use glycerine to sweeten. One tablespoonful may be given to children who are suffering from whooping cough two times per day.
As a tincture, place one part of the fresh root to 5 parts of 100 proof vodka. Then steep together for two weeks. Shake it daily and after two weeks strain and bottle.
Mix all the ingredients together and serve with dill pickles, as a relish for meat, fish, potato as well as pancakes. Enjoy your horseradish relish recipe.