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Read the previous part: Growing horseradish, harvesting, diseases and pests

In traditional medicine, horseradish is used to treat hypovitaminosis, scurvy. It is used for washing wounds, ulcers, mouthwash and throat. Its irritant effect is used in the treatment of neuralgia, myositis, sciatica, sciatica, bronchitis (in the form of compresses).

Taking grated horseradish inside improves bowel function, so it can be recommended for the treatment of gastritis with low acidity and liver diseases.

In Western European medicine, horseradish is used to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, with rheumatism, gout, as an expectorant for catarrh of the respiratory tract, as a diuretic.

In scientific medicine, horseradish roots and the syrup obtained from them are sometimes used as an antiscorbutic and diuretic. Effective use of infusion of horseradish and fresh juice in acute hepatitis with low acidity of gastric juice and Trichomonas colpitis.


The hypoglycemic effect of horseradish has been noted. Horseradish juice diluted with water (1: 1) is used to rinse the mouth and throat for stomatitis, gingivitis, periodontal disease, as well as diabetes, sore throat, and other inflammatory diseases.

It is recommended as a general tonic for intensive mental and physical work. It is successfully used for fatigue, physical exhaustion, mental fatigue, anemia, headache, high blood pressure. Fresh grated horseradish mixed with water is used for diabetes, cancer.

Horseradish juice together with alcohol is used for rubbing. Horseradish root juice diluted with water is a good medicine for rinsing the mouth and throat for angina, stomatitis, periodontal disease.

The healing properties of horseradish have long been used in folk medicine in the treatment of gastrointestinal and colds, as well as in inflammatory processes. It is used as a distraction for coughs, toothaches (in the form of rinsing), for scurvy, indigestion, to stimulate appetite and improve metabolism.

It is also used for salt metabolism disorders, dropsy, gout, kidney stones, skin diseases, liver diseases, rheumatism, radiculitis, lumbar pain, with delayed menstruation to increase them, to remove age spots and freckles, with burns, carbon monoxide poisoning.

Horseradish leaves in the form of a plaster used for bruises. They are applied to sore spots. They can be changed several times. Grated horseradish can be used as mustard plasters.

Horseradish gruel used for lumbosacral radiculitis, muscle pain in the back and lower back, rheumatism, inflammation of the joints.

IN folk medicine often recommended combination of grated horseradish with honey... It is used for tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, hepatitis, Botkin's disease.

Horseradish root infusion easy to prepare. For this, a dessert spoon of chopped horseradish roots is poured with a glass of boiling water and insisted for one hour. Strain and take two tablespoons three times a day to improve appetite.

Horseradish juice prepared with kefir as follows: a tablespoon of horseradish juice is mixed with a glass of kefir. Drink a glass of the mixture in the morning, afternoon and evening 20 minutes before meals for diabetes.

Horseradish is contraindicated in gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, enterocolitis, nephritis and other diseases of the kidneys and liver.

Read the next part: The use of horseradish in cooking. Horseradish Recipes →

Valentina Perezhogina,
candidate of agricultural sciences

Read all parts of the article "Growing horseradish in garden plots"
  • Biological features of ordinary horseradish
  • Horseradish: varieties, reproduction and planting methods
  • Growing horseradish, harvesting, diseases and pests
  • The use of horseradish in medicine
  • The use of horseradish in cooking. Horseradish recipes

Indications for the use of beans

Bean shells are used as an additional component in the preparation of collections, infusions. Husk is popular in pharmacology, cosmetology, folk medicine.

Bean pods have been used:

  • in the treatment of diabetes
  • to normalize metabolism
  • for establishing protein synthesis
  • for the elasticity of blood vessels.

Diuretic and anti-inflammatory action helps fight pyelonephritis, hypertension, obesity. The shell has a healing effect in the treatment of gout, raising the immune system.

Rich chemical composition: iodine, bromine, potassium help in the treatment of bronchi, intestines. Bean shell infusion activates the production of collagen, which helps fight sagging skin. Antioxidants treat boils, inflammation of the skin. The beneficial properties of bean shells help people with nervous disorders reduce anxiety.


Useful properties of horseradish

The beneficial properties of horseradish have been known from time immemorial, but the scientific basis was summed up only in recent decades. It became known for sure that horseradish is more than just a food supplement - a full-fledged medicinal plant that rightfully takes a place in herbalists. A wide range of therapeutic effects makes it a universal medicine, judge for yourself:

  • horseradish, like other cabbage plants, reduces the risk of developing cancer due to glucosinolates
  • strengthens the heart muscle and lowers blood pressure, thanks to the content of potassium and sodium
  • strengthens the bone apparatus and the immune system
  • improves digestion and stimulates metabolic processes in the body
  • treats diseases of the respiratory system and serves as the prevention of colds and flu
  • helps to lose weight and much more.

The nutritional value of horseradish is not outstanding (see table), but its richness is not in calories and not in fats with proteins, but in useful biochemical compounds: all parts of horseradish contain valuable essential oils (allyl mustard, phenylethyl mustard, phenylpropyl mustard), lysozyme, alkaloids, peroxidase and etc.

By the way, mustard plasters warm and heal thanks to the action of alil mustard oil contained in horseradish roots.

Table. Nutritional value of horseradish rhizomes per 100 grams of product
Nutrient Value Vitamins
Name Value
Water [g] 85,08 Vitamin C, ascorbic acid [mg] 24,9
Calorie content [kcal] 48 Thiamin B1[mg] 0,01
Proteins [g] 1,18 Riboflavin B2 [mg] 0.02
Fats [g] 0,69 Niacin B3 [mg] 0,39
Carbohydrates [g] 11,29 Vitamin B6 [mg] 0,07
Fiber (dietary fiber) [g] 3,3 Folic acid B9 [mcg] 57
Sakharov [g] 7,99 Vitamin B12 [mcg] 0
Minerals Vitamin A, RAE [μg] 0
Calcium, Ca [mg] 56
Iron, Fe [mg] 0,42 Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg] 0,01
Magnesium, Mg [mg] 27
Phosphorus, P [mg] 31 Vitamin D [IU] 0
Potassium, K [mg] 246
Sodium, Na [mg] 420 Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [mcg] 1,3
Zinc, Zn [mg] 0,83
Other indicators
Saturated fatty acids [g] 0,09 Cholesterol [mg] 0
Monounsaturated fatty acids [g] 0,13 Caffeine [mg] 0
Polyunsaturated fatty acids [g] 0,34
Trans fats [g] 0
Table compiled from USDA data

Horseradish strengthens the immune system thanks to sinigrin and isothiocyanate, which are found not only in horseradish, but in other cruciferous plants (for example, in Sarepta mustard). These substances increase the production of white blood cells, which in turn rid the body of disease-causing bacteria, viruses and free radicals.

Along the way, metabolism improves, due to the obvious lack of fat and calories in the leaves and roots of the plant, so that the protein is used to build new cell tissue (muscles, blood vessels, ligaments), which is useful for protecting against diseases and toxins. Science claims that even Listeria, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus are capable of horseradish, not to mention other microbes.

Grated horseradish is the most popular use. Photo: Pardon my French

Anti-cancer agent. Scientists have long taken horseradish as an anti-cancer agent back in 1998. Then it was revealed that horseradish and other cruciferous cultures contain substances that can fight cancerous tumors and restrain the spread of metastases throughout the body. This fact was reaffirmed in 2005 - in a scientific report it was indicated that extracts of cyclooxygenase obtained from horseradish roots are able to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.

Lose weight want, then the hell goes to you! Jokes aside, rustic horseradish contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that increase metabolism, dietary fiber and protein that add a feeling of fullness, and most importantly, no cholesterol. Thus, eating horseradish will help you not gain extra calories and lose excess fat.

Hypertension and atherosclerosis horseradish, the roots of which are rich in potassium, can also be done. It is the deficiency of potassium in the body that leads to excessive vascular tone and an increase in blood pressure. Regular consumption of horseradish will minimize potassium deficiency, which will save you from heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis by relaxing the walls of blood vessels and improving their elasticity.

Adding horseradish to food improves the functioning of the digestive system, improves salivation, normalizes the amount and composition of gastric and intestinal juices. Dietary fiber and B vitamins also contribute to the harmonious and well-coordinated work of the digestive system, improves the peristalsis of the intestinal smooth muscles. Thus, regular consumption of horseradish serves as the prevention of constipation, diarrhea and colon cancer.

Horseradish leaves and root contain folic acid (vitamin B9), the deficiency of which is bad for the health of the fetus in pregnant women. Regular consumption of food supplemented with horseradish reduces the likelihood of developing a neural tube deficiency, but excessive consumption of horseradish can also be dangerous for the health of pregnant women.

If you have problems with urination, then you just need horseradish. Horseradish has a diuretic effect, helps cleanse the kidneys, and also rid the body of toxins and excess fat (up to 4% of fat is excreted along with urine), which is useful for losing weight.

Of course, horseradish helps against colds, SARS, flu and other respiratory diseases, with regular inhalation of the horseradish aroma. Believe it or not, this method of dealing with colds was even patented in 1992.


Use of horseradish for lower back pain

Horseradish grows in every area. Sometimes a not very desirable plant, growing rapidly, captures large areas and turns into a malicious weed.

Destroying horseradish on my site, I stopped in time when neighbors, one after another, began to come and take from me, then the root, then the leaves at the time of homework. Then I thought that I could completely remove the absolutely necessary spice. I noticed that horseradish is especially aggressive on cultivated lands - in the garden, where the same persistent perennials do not compete with him.

Therefore, I planted a shoot with a good root in an untreated area, among knotweed and quinoa. For about five years, horseradish remains in the form of one compact bush, and besides, it is quite attractive, with its bright large foliage.

In addition to its traditional use as a spice for harvesting cucumbers and tomatoes, horseradish root is excellent for radiculitis or just pain in the lower back that occurs with great physical exertion.

To do this, dig up horseradish root, wash and grind. If the root is large, you can grate it, but it is better to grind it in a meat grinder, and in order not to cry, it is worth prying a bag over the neck. The resulting gruel is spread in a thin layer on cheesecloth, covered with another layer of cheesecloth and applied to the lower back for 20 minutes.

Such a remedy perfectly relieves pain in sciatica, in strained or cold muscles. You can also use the leaves, tying them to sore spots at night, or wear such a warming bandage throughout the day.

They recommend horseradish for bronchitis, hypertension and many other diseases. I cannot say about the effectiveness in such cases, but it would be interesting to hear about another experience of using this plant in traditional medicine.


Aralia Manchu. Application in medicine. Planting and leaving

In official medicine, tincture from the roots of Manchurian aralia is used

Manchurian Aralia (Aralia mandchurica Rupr. Et Maxim.) belongs the Araliaceae family... In recent years, it is more common under the name Aralia high (Aralia elata / Miq./ Seem.). There are 35 species of this plant in the world, of which 3 grow in Russia. The people call aralia "Thorn tree", "damn tree".

In our country, it grows wild in small groups in the cedar-deciduous forests of the Sikhote-Alin. Often forms hard-to-pass thickets in places of forests that have disappeared as a result of fires and felling. Its range covers the southeastern regions of the Amur Region, almost the entire Primorsky Territory and the south of the Khabarovsk Territory.

Application in medicine of Manchurian aralia

Medicinal value have roots of aralia manchucontaining biologically active chemicals - aralosides A, B and C, related to triterpene glycosides. In addition, small amounts of alkaloids are found in the roots, including aralia, choline, as well as proteins, starch, carbohydrates, essential oils, tannins, and mineral salts.

IN official medicine uses a tincture from the roots of Manchurian aralia as an aphrodisiac the central nervous system in asthenic syndrome, asthenoneurotic conditions, post-traumatic asthenia on the basis of chronic neurological diseases, with mental and physical fatigue, hypotension and impotence... The tincture is taken 30-40 drops 2-3 times a day. Store in a dark place.

The medical industry produces the drug saparal, which has a similar effect and consists of the sum of aralosides A, B and C. It is prescribed 1 tablet (0.05 g) 2-3 times a day (morning and afternoon) after meals. The course of treatment is 15-30 days. The drug has a slight toxicity, so it should only be taken as directed by a doctor.

Aralia dosage forms stimulate not only the central nervous system, but also the cardiovascular system, as well as increase muscle strength, increase appetite, and improve the general well-being of patients.

Planting and caring for Manchurian aralia

Aralia Manchurian is a small tree, from 3 to 4 m in height, sometimes up to 12 m. It has a developed root system, consisting mainly of roots up to 5 cm in diameter, located horizontally in the soil. The peculiar trunk of aralia is covered with light wrinkled bark, covered with numerous thorns. Lateral shoots are usually absent or are concentrated in small numbers at the very top of the main shoots. Leaves are alternate, up to 1 m long, sitting on long petioles, double or triple pinnate, often with long thorns. The leaves are oval or ovoid, with a pointed apex and a rounded base. Small flowers of white or cream color are collected in umbrellas, forming complex multi-flowered inflorescences, consisting of 4-8 apical panicles. Fruits are spherical, 3 to 5 mm in diameter, blue-black, with 5 seeds. Seeds are oblong-elongated, light brown or grayish, up to 2.5 mm long, 1.7 mm wide.

Aralia begins to bloom and bear fruit most often in the 6-8th year of life, some specimens - on the 4th - 5th. The beginning of flowering is observed in the second half of July - August, the end - in August - September. Fruit ripening usually occurs in September, but not annually.

Aralia is propagated by seeds and vegetatively - by root cuttings and root suckers.

The site intended for sowing and planting cuttings should be flat in relief, with fertile, structural, sufficiently moist soils. In autumn, manure or peat compost is introduced for digging at the rate of 6 kg / m 2.

Manchurian aralia seeds do not germinate well... To obtain seedlings in the year of sowing, they must be stratified at variable temperatures or treated with gibberellin. Optimal periods of stratification are 3-4 months at a temperature of 14-20 ° C and 4 months at a temperature of 2-5 ° C.

After such preparation, when sowing in open ground, seedlings appear in 7-8 months. When using gibberellic acid, the optimal seed treatment period is 24 hours at various concentrations: 0.05%, 0.25 and 0.1%. A positive experience was obtained with the use of gibberellin at a concentration of 0.05% for two days, followed by two months of stratification at a temperature of 0-5 ° C (in a refrigerator).

After processing, the seeds are washed with tap water and kept for 1 to 3 months at a temperature of 18–20 ° C until germination. It is better to sow seeds directly into the holes, well filled with an organic-mineral mixture per hole: 3 kg of manure or compost and 20-30 g of nitroammofoska.

Early spring sowing is carried out at the end of April with stratified seeds. Freshly harvested seeds can be sown in the fall (late August - early September) to a depth of 1.5-2 cm. The seeding rate is 10-12 kg / ha, the distance between the holes is 50-60 cm. After sowing, the rows are sprinkled with humus or peat crumb mixed with earth. In this case, seedlings appear the next year.

Manchurian aralia seeds lose germination relatively quickly... Therefore, it is not recommended to store them for more than 1.5 years.

Root cuttings and rhizome cuttings are best planted in early spring before the buds grow back. The embedment depth should not exceed 5-6 cm.

Root offspring are also planted in the spring in planting pits prepared according to the type of fruit crops, well filled with fertilizers.

Caring for plants, especially in the early years, consists of 3-4 hoes and weeding. Aralia needs feeding with nitroammophos at the rate of 20-30 g for each plant. Responds well to organic feeding with slurry during the growing season: in early spring and during budding... During the fruiting period, aralia sets a large number of fruits. One plant is capable of forming up to 60 thousand of them, but the main part does not ripen.

Manchurian aralia roots are best harvested in autumn - in September or early spring (before the leaves bloom). At this time, the highest content of active substances is observed in them.

The dug roots are cleaned of soil, cut into cylindrical pieces (1-3 cm in diameter) and dried in dryers at a temperature of 60 ° C. The surplus grown can be taken to pharmacies.

The shelf life of raw materials is 3 years.


For lovers of spicy food, horseradish takes pride of place. Not a single festive table is complete without it. The plant strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation, destroys pathogenic microorganisms, therefore it is regularly consumed in small quantities and is actively used for medicinal purposes.

Cooking applications

The dried root is used in the preparation of various spices, marinades and sauces. To do this, the powder is poured with warm boiled water or other liquid and left to swell for about 30 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients.

Shredded leaves are used mainly for canning vegetables: they enrich the taste of pickled, sour and salty foods, preventing the formation of mold.

The unique aroma of the root comes out well when cooking meat or fish. The use of horseradish in the preparation of kvass makes it "vigorous" and perfectly quenches thirst, and a strong tincture of horseradish strengthens the strength of the spirit and warms in small doses.

In folk medicine

Horseradish is a powerful natural antibiotic with an expectorant effect. It is used for colds, used in the form of decoctions, for inhalation, rinsing the mouth and throat.

Root gruel compresses reduce joint and lower back pain. Horseradish tincture has strong wound healing properties.

Horseradish quickly restores strength in case of overwork and vitamin deficiency. It will help diabetics to normalize blood sugar levels. Thanks to its diuretic effect, it helps cleanse the kidneys.

Regular use of horseradish improves male potency by normalizing blood circulation.

Facial masks that include horseradish relieve acne. The active ingredients of a natural antiseptic cleanse the skin and dry it, destroy bacteria.

The product is not recommended for use:

  • in the presence of gastritis, ulcers and increased acidity of gastric juice
  • with kidney inflammation
  • for skin diseases
  • pregnant and lactating women.


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