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The high concentration of mustard oil and vitamin C in the roots of horseradish are responsible for its therapeutic and germicidal properties. Acting as a diuretic, it helps a feverish person perspire and cool down. As a syrup mixed with honey, it soothes sore throats and relieve coughs. As a tea, it helps fight flu, promote digestion, and cure urinary tract infections. As a tincture, it can disinfect wounds and minimize scarring.

Horseradish is also known to work with cider vinegar in fading age spots and freckles. Also applied externally as a poultice, it can relieve joint pains by improving circulation and heating the affected area.

Here are some ways to use horseradish as a natural remedy:

To fight flu and urinary tract infections: Steep 1 teaspoon of grated horseradish root in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain and drink 3 cups a day.

To relieve joint pains: Grate enough horseradish roots to cover the affected area. Add water to the grated root to make a paste. Wrap the paste in a piece of cloth and apply on the painful joint for 5 minutes.

To relieve sore throat and cough: Boil grated horseradish root with a little honey and water for 5 minutes to make horseradish syrup. Drain the pulp and squeeze to draw all the juices. Add honey if desired and take 5 tablespoons of the syrup daily until the sore throat and nagging cough is gone.

To fade age spots and freckles: Prepare horseradish vinegar by grating half a cup of horseradish root and mixing it with one pint of cider vinegar in a small jar. Shake the mixture daily for two weeks. Strain and apply horseradish vinegar on the spots and freckles twice a day for several weeks.