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Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)



Digestive, circulation-stimulating, skin-irritating, expectorant, metabolism-stimulating, anti-flatulence, cancer-preventing, antibiotic, antibacterial, antiseptic, diuretic, stimulating, laxative

Areas of application:

Stimulates fat digestion, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, fever, respiratory infections, asthma, inflammation of the urinary tract, promotes circulation, supplies blood to the mucous membranes, regulates blood pressure, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, pleurisy, pleurisy, nerve pain and headaches, Chilblains, high blood pressure, freckles, moles, fatigue, neuralgia, sores

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

Late autumn or early spring

To find:

mainly among farmers or in gardens


Glycosinolates, vitamin C, mustard oil, amino acids, asparagine and arginine, flammable essential oil


Horseradish is a perennial plant. It grows quickly and reaches a height of 60 to 90 cm. The roots become thick and fleshy, medium brown on the outside, smooth to corky. Inside the root is pure white.

🛑 An overdose can damage the thyroid and lead to stomach inflammation! Children up to 6 years of age, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those with reduced kidney function should avoid it. Caution is advised when using on the skin. It can cause skin irritation and blistering.

If you carry a piece of horseradish in your pocket or purse, it protects you from witches and angry dogs.


In the kitchen, horseradish is used as a hot, spicy spice, for example in meat dishes and smoked fish. But be careful, it loses its active ingredients when cooking.

Hildegard von Bingen: If you have pain in your lungs and heart, take the powder of dried leaves and equal parts of galangal after eating. Take it for a long time, in warm wine or in warm water, drink it.

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