Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)
Other common names: Garden beet, table beet, mangel wurzel, spinach beet
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Detoxifying, immune booster, anti-cancer, cardiovascular tonic, nutritive, antitumorigenic, hair, skin and nail tonic, alterative, kidney tonic, antidepressant, mild laxative.
Harvest: Harvest when the beet greens are 4-6 inches tall and the beetroot is still somewhat small (should be smaller than a tennis ball). Exact timing depends on the strain.
Part used: Root, leaves
Constituents: Folates, manganese, B vitamins, copper, iron, potassium, Vitamin C and A, silica, fibre, sugar, complex carbohydrates, beta carotene, betacyanin, betaxanthin, sodium, sulfur, and others.
Nutritional deficiency, cancer support (consult with a doctor first if undergoing treatments), preventing heart attack and stroke, assisting in cleansing, improving kidney and lymphatic health, reducing tumour size, preventing constipation, boosting red blood cell counts and improving the health of bones, blood vessels, skin, hair and nails. It also boosts dopamine, neutralizes the pH of the body, purifies the blood, detoxes the liver and brain, and prevents depression.
The beet greens and root can both be eaten raw or cooked, and the root can also be powdered and encapsulated. Beet juice has great medicinal properties.
The root can be applied to swollen glands, and to the skin in order to heal topical conditions and encourage detoxification through the skin and lymph nodes.
Do not use if you have a history of kidney or gallstones (due to calcium-oxalate crystals), consult with a doctor before using in therapeutic doses if you are pregnant or nursing, or taking pharmaceuticals. May case stomach upset and gas in some.
Be aware that urine may turn pink while you are taking in large quantities of beetroot. This is a harmless effect caused by the pigment.
I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.
Beet was considered to be an aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans, and numerous cultures have valued it for boosting energy and spiritual health. Aphrodite reputedly used it to maintain her beauty and the ancient Greeks presented the root as an offering to several deities. Beet juice has been used as a litmus test – turning yellow when exposed to alkaline substances, and pink when exposed to acids. Victorians used to use it to dye their hair red.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.