Saturday, August 21, 2010

Horseradish: Sinus Congestion Remedy

  • Cut eight 1/2 inch cubes FRESH horseradish root
  • Place in cup
  • Fill cup with boiling water
  • Let stand a few minutes
  • CAUTION! The longer this steeps, the hotter it gets, so remove roots from cup when tea is the desired potency. It has a very pleasant taste, and clears my sinuses. Instantly!

The horseradish plant grows up to three feet tall and has lush green leaves, but the only part that is used is the root. The root contains a high content of mustard oil and is very favorable in Aromatherapy because of its natural healing abilities. Some of the many uses for horseradish are relieving the symptoms of the flu, sore throat, and bronchitis. It can be made into vinegar, in teas and syrups; it can also be applied as a poultice to improve blood circulation.

[note: The article goes on to share how horseradish has enzymes and antibacterial agents, how to make a horseradish vinegar, and even how to mix it with warm milk to aid digestion and alleviate bloating. This article uses grated horseradish, rather than cubes, for making horseradish tea.]


(preventative for fungal disease)
Penn State University announced in 1995 that minced horseradish holds promise in decontaminating wastewater and now says it may clean contaminated soils as well!
Penn State's center for Bioremediation and Detoxification reports that minced horseradish combined with hydrogen peroxide can completely remove chlorinated phenols and other contaminants found in industrial wastes. Experiments involve applying the mixture directly to tainted soils or growing horseradish in contaminated soil and roto
-tilling the roots just before applying hydrogen peroxide!

The cleansing properties of horseradish have been known for more than a decade, however creating a purified form has been far too expensive. This method has proved to be just as effective, but at a fraction of the cost!

Horseradish Tea: You can also make a tea from horseradish roots to use as a preventative spray for fungal diseases. This is especially useful against brown rot in apple trees. The white flesh of the horseradish root also contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C.
To make: Process one cup of roots in food processor till finely chopped. Combine this with 16 ounces of water in a glass container and let soak for 24 hours. Strain liquid, discard the solids. Now mix the liquid with 2 quarts of water and spray.


I found these entries on some websites interesting in regard to horseradish. I plan to figure a way of adding this into a sinus congestion formula targeted for sinusitus. This is my initial research, but it does explain some of my experiences with wasabi (horseradish) when I have some cucumber nori rolls at a sushi place. As usual, please keep in mind that these are explorers notes. I cannot be responsible for how this might mix with prescriptions or any unique reactions from a specific biochemical individuality. If you have any doubts, please check with a qualified health practitioner. Horseradish is particularly strong and this consideration may apply even more than usual. It seems that a little bit goes a long way.