For more than one century, the Slavs have known the healing properties of this plant and horseradish is successfully used in our folk medicine for both external and internal use. For medicinal purposes, the roots and flowers of horseradish are used.
The horseradish root contains significant amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9, E, PP, C, ascorbic and nicotinic acids, sugars, carbohydrates, saponins, fats, flavonoids, phytoncides, nitrogenous and resinous substances, pentosans, lysozyme, carotene, mineral salts and organic compounds, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, arsenic, chlorine, sulfur, manganese, copper. Horseradish got its very recognizable smell and specific burning taste due to the presence in all parts of the plant of allyl mustard essential oil, the content of which ranges from 50 to 215 mg per 100 g of raw substance.
Due to such a rich composition, horseradish root is one of the most valuable natural antiscorbutic agents, it has antitumor activity, as well as the properties of a natural antibiotic. During the spread of colds, daily consumption of a small amount of products with natural horseradish can reliably protect against flu and colds. It stimulates the appetite and stimulates the secretion of gastric juice, improves digestion and normalizes metabolism. Horseradish is effective in treating almost any pathology of the musculoskeletal system. And horseradish also has choleretic, mild diuretic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Nutritionists recommend using horseradish more often as a seasoning for your favorite dishes for those who want to get rid of extra pounds.
For centuries, horseradish has been used in Russia for another important purpose, namely, to eliminate a hangover.
Note that those ready-made seasonings that are sold in stores are intended for use exclusively for food purposes, they practically do not have a healing effect. The thing is that the healing properties of fresh horseradish root are preserved for only two weeks after they have been crushed.
Horseradish in cosmetology
In folk cosmetology, horseradish is used as an excellent remedy for skin whitening, removing freckles and age spots. They can treat acne and enlarged pores, as well as rejuvenate and tone the skin. Hair masks with horseradish will help to give hair silkiness, volume and shine. Such masks will help to strengthen the hair and increase its quantity.
Horseradish against aphids
In the garden and in the garden - horseradish is not only a valuable product, but also a faithful assistant. Horseradish leaf infusion is the most effective remedy for aphids. Horseradish leaves must be poured with water, left for three days, and you can successfully and absolutely safely for health spray this infusion, for example, cabbage or cucumbers attacked by aphids.
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