Information on Horseradish

Latin NameArmoracia rusticana
Other NamesRed cole
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsFresh root, tincture, dried powder, dressings.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsContraindicated in cases of gastric mucosa inflammation and kidney disorders. Do not give to children under four years of age. Avoid large doses.
Botanical InfoA deep-rooted spreading strong perennial from the Mustard family with lanceolate to oblong leaves.
DescriptionHorseradish is a stimulating herb used for lack of appetite as well as for colds and flu and urinary tract infections. It is a good expectorant and is used in respiratory infections. Holding a small quantity of grated horseradish in the mouth is said to alleviate sinus congestion and infections. Externally, it is used to heal infected wounds and relieve inflamed joints, rheumatism and sciatica. It is also used externally to break up mucus in the respiratory tract. Traditionally it was applied to infected wounds and taken internally for urinary disorders. Horseradish is one of the active ingredients in wasabi, a condiment popular in Japanese cuisine.

Horseradish has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of HOT.


Tincture20-60 drops daily

Ailments Treated by Horseradish

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Nose, pluggedstimulantheld in mouth and internally in food
Sinusitisexpectorant, anti-infectiontincture, whole root held in mouth


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