Horseradish: The 1800s Sinus Remedy That Still Works Today

Sinus headache giving you the summertime blues? Instead of taking another aspirin or ibuprofen tablet, dig into the garden for a popular old-timer’s cure: horseradish.

Horseradish, or Cochlearia armoracia, is a bitter vegetable that has been around for hundreds of years. It’s believed to have originated somewhere in eastern Europe as a medicine, and then emerged as a popular condiment. As a sinus pressure treatment, it is highly effective for both its A and antibiotic properties. It has a high volume of sulfur, which creates its pungent, powerful taste.

Because the plant can be grown virtually anywhere (it is not impacted by the cold and can be harvested for several years after an initial planting), it’s a smart choice for frequent sinus pain sufferers. Horseradish is a perennial plant that is hardy in zones 2-9, but it can be grown as an annual in other climates where it doesn’t get cold enough for the plant to achieve winter dormancy. It is easy to grow and proliferates wildly, making it a great choice for a gardener looking for a low-maintenance plant.

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