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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

HORSERADISH


Latin Name: Armoracia lapathifolia


Alternate Names: Mountain Radish, Red Cole, Raifort, German Mustard

Family: BRASSICACEAE

Parts Used: Root, leaves.

Properties: Antiseptic, Antiscorbutic, Aperitive, Aperient, Carminative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Decongestant, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Emetic, Expectorant, Laxative, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic, Tonic, Vermifuge.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colitis, Cough, Edema, Fever, Flu, Goiter, Gout, Hay Fever, Indigestion, Lymphatic Congestion, Rheumatism, Sinus Congestion, Urinary Infections, Whooping Cough, Worms

Internal Applications: Tincture, Capsules, Syrup, Vinegar.
Using horseradish as a condiment not only clears the sinuses, but also aids in the digestion of fatty foods.

Topical Uses: Boils, Congestion, Freckles, Gout, Muscular Soreness, Rheumatism

Topical Applications: Bath herb for rheumatism. Juice added to massage oil for muscular aches and chest congestion. Added to vinegar to make a tonic for lightening freckles. Poultice for gout, rheumatic joints and boils.

Culinary uses: Used to represent morar, the bitter herb of Passover in the Jewish tradition. Added to sauces, mayonnaise, fish sauce, cream cheese, dips and coleslaw. Condiment for roast beef. Use fresh, not cooked. Young leaves are eaten in salads.

Energetics: Pungent, Hot, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (mustard oil, called sinigrin), enzymes, glycosides, ascorbic acid, vitamin B and C, sulfur, asparagin.

Contraindications: Fresh Horseradish can blister the skin, so avoid applying directly to the skin unless the skin is first covered with a cloth. Avoid large quantities. Stop use if diarrhea or night sweating occurs. Large doses can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal irritation. Those with underactive thyroid function should avoid frequent use of Horseradish.

Comments: Horseradish is so named because of its large size, which distinguishes it from the more common radish.
The common name Horseradish also includes the species Armoracia rusticana, which is used interchangeably with Armoracia lapathifolia. Horseradish was formerly named Cochlearia armoracia.

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