Horseradish is something that people either love or hate. It is an extremely hot product that will certainly clear out anyone’s sinuses. It is this “heat” that makes people either love it or hate it. However, most people who love it eat it because of the additional flavor it adds to the dishes they put it on.
Horseradish Has a Long History
Horseradish has a very long history. It has been used for over 3000 years for many purposes. It has been used for:
- An aphrodisiac
- A treatment for rheumatism.
- A bitter herb for Passover Seders
- A flavorful accompaniment for beef, chicken and seafood.
Horseradish Has Wonderful Medicinal Properties
But, did you know that horseradish has wonderful medicinal properties? It is an excellent stimulant to the digestive organs, and it does a great job to help our body digest our food. So, if you are having trouble digesting your food, horseradish may just be the product you are looking for.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says that if you are trying to lose weight, make sure horseradish, mustard and salsa are on your shopping list. Horseradish has only 2 calories a teaspoon and is low in sodium and provides a dietary fiber. It also has several needed minerals and vitamins in it. It actually has 23 mg of vitamin per ounce of Horseradish.
Horseradish has also been used to relieve water retention. This is because it has a stimulating effect on the blood capillaries. This causes excess water to be flushed from your system.
If you have a cold that has gotten down into your lungs, you need horseradish. It stimulates the production of phlegm. Phlegm is the thick mucus secreted by the walls of your respiratory Passages (lungs). You need to get rid of this to regain your health. Horseradish will help you to cough this liquid up from your lungs.
Horseradish Stimulates Your Body’s Immune System
Another great thing that horseradish does is to stimulate your body’s immune system. In other words, it is very effective in killing the invading bacteria that has made you sick (or will make you sick). Remember that horseradish is HOT. You will feel it throughout your body, especially in your head. You will probably beak out in a sweat and tears will emerge from your eyes. But this is normal.
Horseradish Can Be Used Externally
Horseradish can also be used externally. It has been reported that pain caused by rheumatism will disappear if a poultice of horseradish is used. That is, place the horseradish on where the pain is and cover it with a bandage. You may need to dilute it with a cream, like a good aloe vera, so that it is not so hot on the skin. You do not want to burn your skin.
Horseradish Is More Than Just “Good Eats”
So you see, horseradish is good for more than just “good eats.” It is actually good for you. There are many places on the Internet that you can find recipes for using horseradish. Try some of them.
However, if you are using it for medicinal purposes, remember that, as with everything else that we eat, results will vary with the individual. We all have different bodies and they each react differently to different things we put on our bodies.
Try It, You’ll Like It
Horseradish may taking a little getting used to, but it is worth it. Try some horseradish and see what it can do for you.