How to make horseradish tincture, recipe and benefits


Horseradish tincture is a natural strengthening specific that is very simple to make and has bactericidal and fungicidal properties. You can not only drink it, in case of joint pain, it is worth rubbing it into sore spots. 

How to make horseradish tincture at home? You will need around 4 oz (120 g) of fresh, grated horseradish, 1/2 cup (4 fl oz / 120 ml) of and 1 bottle of white wine (preferably dry). 

Step by step preparation – pour the horseradish with wine mixed with vodka, set aside for 1 week in an airtight jar, mixing daily. After that time strain the tincture through a dense cloth and squeeze out the rest by hand. Pour into dark glass bottles and close them tightly.

Horseradish tincture recipe

Do you want to know more about horseradish tincture? Keep reading – I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making a horseradish tincture by yourself. I’m making tinctures from 2001 and have gathered and read dozens of books about them, so information that you will find in this article should be helpful 🙂

Where to buy horseradish for tincture?

If you are not using fresh fruits you can find horseradish on Amazon here – 1 Lb. Horseradish Root.

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Horseradish tincture uses, what is it good for

Horseradish tincture is a natural remedy for:

  • sick sinuses, 
  • runny nose, 
  • indigestion, 
  • as well as back pain and rheumatism when used externally.

Horseradish tincture benefits 

In folk medicine, horseradish is used, among others for runny nose, sick sinuses, digestive ailments, headaches, spine and rheumatic pain.

Modern scientists have also decided to check the health properties of horseradish. Their research shows that horseradish should be appreciated primarily for its anti-cancer properties.

Horseradish tincture dosage

Most sources suggest using horseradish tincture twice a day in an amount of 1 tablespoon (approx 1/2 fl oz / 15 ml) for 21 days – in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before bedtime. By using it, we strengthen the weakened body and we improve the work of the heart.

Horseradish tincture recipe and preparation

Pour 1 cup of boiled water over 1 cup of freshly grated horseradish and leave it in an airtight jar for the night. In the morning, pour 1 cup of 90-percent alc. by volume (180 proof) spirit and set aside in a cool place for 2 weeks. Remember to daily stir the mixture by shaking the jar. After that time it will be ready for use. 

Horseradish tincture recipe without alcohol

Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs for our use.

But if you can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol, or you should not give it to kids, as a substitute you can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract, also called an herbal glycerite. Such extract is not as strong or long-lasting as alcohol tinctures, but it takes only up to 3 days to make it.

Recipe to prepare horseradish glycerite without alcohol: put roots in a jar about 1/4 way, fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in a slow cooker (or Instant Pot with a slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. After that remove and strain, keep in a dry and cool place in dark glass bottles.

Horseradish tincture contraindications and side effects

According to webmd.com horseradish is 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.  

When used on the skin, horseradish can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. 

Remember that before taking this tincture as a medication you should always consult a specialist, information that I have gathered from books and webmd.com should be consulted with a healthcare professional as each tincture can have different effects on different people. 

What type of alcohol is used for horseradish tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried horseradish, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the root out of it.

How long does horseradish tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, horseradish tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

    Here you can also find a more detailed post with list of equipment that might be useful.

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Other names of horseradish

It is also known under such names: Chrzan, Amoraciae Rusticanae Radix, Armoracia lopathifolia, Armoracia rusticana, Cochlearia armoracia, Cran de Bretagne, Cranson, Grand Raifort, Great Raifort, Meerrettich, Mountain Radish, Moutarde des Allemands, Moutarde des Capucins, Moutardelle, Nasturtium armoracia, Pepperrot, Rábano Picante, Rábano Rústico, Radis de Cheval, Raifort, Raifort Sauvage, Red Cole, Rorippa armoracia.

Sources: if you would like to check more info about the horseradish here you can find a webmd.com article about it

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