Horseradish Oil

Horseradish Oil

What is Horseradish oil?

Horseradish plant is a perennial plant which belongs to the cabbage family. It is usually grown for its roots. The roots possess a spicy taste which is used as a seasoning. This plant is inherent to Eastern Europe and is grown widely in North America and Europe. The horseradish oil is extracted from roots by the steam distillation process. This fluid is pale yellow in color. It is not supposed to be taken internally due to its toxicity. This oil is effective to promote heart health, lower blood pressure, promote weight loss and build strong bones.

Precautions

  • It should not be used internally or ingested.
  • People allergic to horseradish should not use it.
  • People with sensitive skin could get allergic reactions.
  • The people with kidney problems should avoid it.

Benefits

Protects Against Cancer

The horseradish oil contains high amounts of glucosinolates which lower the risk of certain types of cancer. This compound boosts the ability of the liver to detoxify carcinogens which may potentially cause tumors. Besides preventing the formation of new tumors, glucosinolates also block the growth of tumors that may already be existing within the body.

Treatment of Sinus Infections

Sinus infection is caused due to the accumulation of mucus in the sinuses, which creates a hospitable environment for bad bacteria to thrive in and is quite painful. The volatile compounds present in horseradish prevent this accumulation by thinning out old mucus.

Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections

The antibiotic and diuretic properties of horseradish stimulate the production of urine. This oil contains certain chemicals which impart antibiotic effects in the bladder.

Pain Relief

Horseradish oil can relieve pain by stimulating blood flow to the surface of the skin and beneath. Thus, it can be applied to swollen joints and muscles for pain relief. When massaged over the affected parts of the body, it can relieve the symptoms of gout, arthritis, and chilblains.

Dental care

The intense stimulating effects of horseradish can help in treating paradontosis when chewed. Chewing the roots of horseradish acts as a natural medicine to cure a toothache, strengthen your gums and treat scurvy. Since grated horseradish is too spicy, you can mix it with grated carrot to make it more palatable.

Boosts immune systems

Horseradish oil has a high content of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. It treats viral infections and boosts immunity. It prevents inflammation and infection by removing the harmful free radicals from the body. Thus, eating horseradish stimulates your immune system by heating up the body internally.

Good for Heart

Horseradish also contains potassium, which helps control blood pressure and heart rate.

Treatment of Skin Discolorations

Skin Discoloration is caused due to the overproduction of melanin or ceroid in the skin leading to age spots also known as liver spots and birthmarks. Horseradish is a natural way to lighten skin discoloration.

Treatment of Blemishes

You can make your own lotion by mixing freshly grated horseradish oil with buttermilk and. Using this regularly will lighten blemishes such as acne and blackheads as well as treat oily skin.

Treatment of Freckles

If you have freckles, you can prepare a mixture of horseradish oil, oatmeal powder, and sour cream. Apply it on your skin, massaging it with your fingers and allow it to sit on your face like a facial mask before washing it off with warm water.

Healing Qualities

Horseradish has great healing qualities. Horseradish poultices are often applied topically to heal wounds and skin infections. They increase circulation around the infected wounds, thus speeding up the healing process.

Prevents Hair Loss

Horseradish is effective in preventing hair loss. It helps to regenerate the hair roots by improving circulation to the scalp. To regrow your hair, you can either prepare a poultice from horseradish and rub it on your scalp or utilize it in the form of a lotion.

Treatment of Dandruff

A mixture of horseradish and vinegar has been found to be effective in getting rid of dandruff.

Side effects

Horseradish root is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in food amounts. It is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts. However, it contains mustard oil, which is extremely irritating to the lining of the mouth, throat, nose, digestive system, and urinary tract. Horseradish can cause side effects including stomach upset, bloody vomiting, and diarrhea. It may also slow down the activity of the thyroid gland. When used on the skin, horseradish is POSSIBLY SAFE when preparations containing 2% mustard oil or less are used, but it can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.