Essential Oils

Horseradish Oil

Derived from a perennial plant belonging to the “Brassicacae” family is an essential oil known as Horseradish Oil. This oil is extracted from a plant known as “Horseradish” belonging to the “Armoracia rusticana” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil comprises of a pungent odour, and is pale yellow in colour. In addition, this oil is also commonly used as flavouring agent in food. This oil is basically extracted from the root of the plant using the “steam distillation” process.

A. Chemical constituents of Horseradish Oil:

This oil is derived from the root of a plant known as “Horseradish” belonging to the Armoracia rusticana” species within the plant kingdom.  In addition, this oil mainly comprises of an organic compound known as “sinigrin”, a glycoside. Furthermore, this oil also consists of organic compounds such as isothiocynates, allyl, and butyl.

B. The uses and benefits of Horseradish Oil:

There are a number of benefits to using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Antibacterial:

This oil when used exhibits a curative property that inhibits the growth of bacteria, and thereby serves as an antibacterial.

2. Antihypertensive:

This oil possesses an “antihypertensive” property, and hence when used helps in lowering the blood pressure.

3. Anti-cancerous:

This oil comprises of glycosides in high concentrations, and hence when used lowers the risk of a certain types of cancers.

4. Digestive:

This oil also when used helps in maintaining normal digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes and gastric juices.

5. Antioxidant:

This oil is a rich source of vitamin C (hence a strong antioxidant) and when used helps in eliminating unwanted free radicals as well as in stimulating the immune system.

C. The adverse effects of Horseradish Oil:

There are a few side effects that could occur on using this essential oil. They are as follows:

  1. This oil must not be used internally or be ingested.
  2. Using this oil could lead to allergic reactions especially in those individuals who are allergic to the plant Horseradish.
  3. The use of this oil could lead to skin irritation, rashes etc especially in those individuals who possess sensitive skin.
  4. Individuals suffering from renal issues should avoid using this oil as when used it could prove to be harmful.

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