Horseradish Tincture for Spicy Good Health — How to Make It

It is likely that you will have a strong opinion about whether you like horseradish’s strong flavor or not. Whether it’s one of your favorite things to spice up your meal or not, horseradish has some very valuable nutritive qualities. In this article you’ll learn how to make a horseradish tincture for what ails you.

What is Horseradish?

The scientific name for horseradish is Amoracia rusticana. It is a member of the same plant family as broccoli, radishes, and mustard. It is a perennial plant grown around the world. While the entire plant is edible, it is the root that has the greatest concentration of flavor.

What are the Health Benefits of Horseradish?

The pungent flavor of horseradish isn’t for everyone in their regular diet, but the health benefits are such that you may want to make your own horseradish tincture. The chemical compound sinigrin breaks down when the root is grated or chopped. Also known as mustard oil, this compound is the source of the intense flavor and the health benefits.

  • Infection and Inflammation Fighter — The sinigrin changes the way in which your immune system creates inflammation, helping the body to fight it as a chronic condition. The antimicrobial properties of horseradish also help in boosting the immune system.
  • Neutralizes Free Radicals — Free radicals cause cell damage, and the natural antioxidants in horseradish help to prevent cell damage and some studies show may reduce the chance of developing cancers.
  • Better Respiratory Health — That burning sensation in your nose and eyes from eating horseradish can help to relieve mucus buildup and is used in treating sinus infections and bronchitis.
  • Nutritive Supplement — Horseradish contains some really healthy vitamins and minerals, including potassium, manganese, fiber, calcium, folate, vitamin C, and magnesium.
  • Better Digestive Health — Horseradish helps the body to produce and release bile from the gallbladder. This release of bile helps the liver to better digest fat, thus helping the body to maintain better digestion.

Now that you know why you want to make some horseradish tincture, let’s look at how, step-by-step.

How to Make Horseradish Tincture

In this recipe you need an alcohol to properly dissolve the the nutrients. Vodka is selected because of its neutral taste. The ginger and cloves help to make the tincture a bit more palatable, and a little honey can help as well.

What You Need

  1. fresh horseradish root, around 2.5 to 3 ounces
  2. fresh ginger root, just shy of an ounce, or about 25 grams
  3. cloves
  4. honey
  5. one 750 ml bottle of vodka
  6. grater
  7. mason jar
  8. a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth

None of this is expensive, and you’ll end up with a nice supply of healthy horseradish tincture.

Step-by-Step Preparation

Now let’s get to preparing our horseradish tincture.

  1. Prepare the horseradish and ginger roots — If you have a motorized slicer, that’s great, or a mandoline is also great for this task. You want the horseradish to be peeled and sliced very thinly. The slicing of the horseradish is what activates the sinigrin. Peel the ginger as well, and you can just cut it into small chunks.
  2. Mix it all in a mason jar — The horseradish, ginger, and cloves are placed in the jar and the vodka added. Close it tightly and shake it a little to mix it completely.
  3. Storage time — Store the tincture in a cabinet or closet where it’s dark, as sunlight is damaging to the potency of the extract. Shake it once a day.
  4. Strain your tincture/extract — Use a fine strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the solids and leave only the liquid. You can strain it into a large measuring cup and then put some in a dropper bottle if you like and the rest in a tightly sealed jar. Store in a place out of sunlight.

Now that you have your healthy tincture, how do you use it>

How to Use Horseradish Tincture & Cautions

There are a couple of ways to use the tincture. 1) For clogged sinuses, use 5–10 drops as needed. Increase or decrease the number of drops if too strong or needs boosting. 2) Add drops of the tincture into spicy drinks, salad dressings, or foods that can handle the added spicy taste.

Some studies state that steady use of medicinal horseradish for more than 3 months can irritate your nose, mouth, throat, or stomach. People with digestive problems, such as ulcers or IBS, should be especially careful. There is no information about safety for use by children or pregnant women.

Summing Up

With the ingredients readily available, inexpensive, and easy preparation steps, you should consider adding horseradish tincture to your medicine chest.

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