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The healing properties of black radishes

In late autumn, before the first killing frost, you can find black radishes aplenty at produce markets. They aren’t expensive, and they make a really good salad. Besides, radishes are strongly recommended by herbal medicine because of their health benefits.

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They eliminate toxins

Detoxifying properties of black radishes make them a good friend of the liver. Administered over several days, they help cleansing the liver and intestines of accumulated toxins. They stimulate bile activity and digestion, and help increase appetite, a property that makes them especially recommended for persons suffering from lack of appetite. In addition, the high amount of fiber in black radishes helps regulate bowel movements and treat constipation.

They eliminate gallstones

Regular consumption of black radishes leads to an easier breakup and elimination of bile or kidney stones. A treatment consisting of radish juice or honey and radish syrup should last for about 6 weeks. You can even choose a combination of juices made of black radish juice, red radish juice, cucumber juice and cabbage juice; in this treatment, an energizing effect will complement the depurative effect. This cure also helps teens’ recovery after a mentally exhausting period.

3 recipes

  • radish with honey is a 5-star replacement for cough syrup. Clean a radish, slice it up and layer the slices in a clay pot pouring honey between the slices. Allow the radish slices to soak in honey for 24 hours, after which take two teaspoons of the resulting syrup 3 times per day. The syrup not only relieves cough but is very helpful for children with growth problems.
  • juice – clean a few radishes, cut them up and squeeze out their juice with an electric juice maker. Mix the radish juice with carrot, celery, parsley and parsnip juices, and drink a few glasses every day. This juice blend is good for treating asthma, allergies and biliary lithiasis.
  • raw radishes – clean a radish, cut it into slices and sprinkle a little salt on it. Leave it for 10-20 minutes and then use a few drops of olive oil and vinegar to flavor your radish salad.