Horseradish - Penicilin from the garden
Today I feel like sharing with you my experience with Horseradish- Penicilin from the garden. Armoracia rusticana. My Number 1 “medicine” for digestion, especially when I can not fall asleep, because my stomach is too full, or because I have eaten something which is difficult to digest.
Horseradish does not mean that horses should eat it 🙂 Oh no! It means it is as strong as a horse. And it makes one as strong and healthy as a horse 😊
My favourite house medicine for digestion is horseradish tincture - or, rather a Digestive, because I make it in other proportions than a usual tincture. One finger thick , 10 cm long root would be enough for 1 Liter Digestive. I cut the root into 0,5 cm pieces, put into a bottle of Vodka or Kornschnaps. That’s it! I leave it there until the bottle is empty 😉. A liquor glass after a heavy meal does a trick. Or, when I cannot sleep, I just take a spoon of this medicine and it works!
I harvest roots in early spring and in autumn, when the leaves show the sign of dying. I dig out the roots, wash them well, clean and ... the rest, that I do not need for my Digestive I grate. One has to do grate it outside, otherwise one ends up weeping. The odour is so strong and sharp! I mix the grated horseradish with a little bit of vinegar and salt, close in small jars and I have enough until spring comes. If I lived somewhere where the soil does not freeze in winter, I would always have it fresh until spring.
One should have this “medicine” in the garden. Of course, if the climate is suitable for it. Plant it somewhere in a corner of the garden, because it spreads. But it is easy to keep it under control by regular harvesting. It is very easy to multiply just by planting a piece of root, the leftovers from the cleaned root.
Horseradish is an extremely useful and healthy plant. One can use it in the kitchen for meat and fish, for eggs and cheese, especially fresh cheese. I just put it on bread and butter to boost my immune system.
Horseradish contains many minerals and Vitamins like Vitamin C, B1, B2, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphor. It contains essential oil with mustard glycosides... Horseradish helps also to treat urine tract infections. It has diuretic, antiseptic, anti-fungal actions. And it helps to treat cough, sinusitis. In this case I mix horseradish with honey and have a teaspoon a day.
Do not overdo! It is a very powerful plant! Too much can cause diarrhea, irritate the stomach. Be careful if you have ulcers. There are so many recipes where you mix it with beetroot, or cream, use in sauces and make it much milder. Stay healthy with horseradish!