How To Prepare The Essence Powder Of Radish

Radish is available almost every season. The common variety of radish is milky white. It is also available in pinkish color and also in round form. Red and round shaped radish is known as Vilayati Mooli. In Sanskrit it is known as Moolak or Hastidantak (which mens like the tusk of an elephant).

Aside from its nutritional benefits, radish is full of curative qualities which help us fight germs and remove filth accumulating inside the body.

A radish product which should remain in every household is its dried essence, a very useful powder and cures a score of common ailments.

Here's how to make the essence powder of radish:

  1. Dry about 5 to 6 kilograms of radishes under the sun. When fully dried the radishes would look like dried sticks and weigh not more than a kilo.
  2. Pound the dried radishes and strain them through a fine cloth, then add more than the strained part water and allow it to soak for 4 to 5 days. Use only a utensil made of steel, or better still an earthen vessel for soaking the radishes. every morning, afternoon and evening, stir it with a wooden spoon.
  3. On the sixth day, see whether the radish pieces are fully tender or not. If by pressing them within your palm, yu are able to fully pulverize the pieces, press all the pieces to make them fully dissolved in water.
  4. Boil the homogeneous solution of radish in water over slow fire. Continue boiling until the water has fully evaporated. You'll find some whitish powder sticking on the walls of the utensil. Dry it properly and when fully dry, scrape it away from the utensil. This white powder is the essence powder of radish which is very effective to cure a score of diseases.

A pinchful of the dried essence of radish, if one eats it, become almost immune to susceptibility to colds and hence, to all kinds of phlegmatic diseases like asthma and other ailments. The essence is also effective to get rid of the worms in the stomach.

(Source: Improve Your Health With Radish, Carrots, Turnips And Beetroots by Ayurvedcharva Vipul Rao; Diamond Pocket Books, copyright 1997)