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Horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera)

horseradish tree


anti-inflammatory, purifying, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral

Areas of application:

Inflammation, malnutrition, anti-aging, antioxidant, has a positive effect on insulin levels, diabetes, stabilizes blood pressure, detoxifies the body, improves digestion, cancer, stomach ulcers, liver diseases, urinary tract infections, edema, kidney diseases, diarrhea, constipation, fungal infections, Arthritis, rheumatic diseases, joint pain, pain, acne, skin infections, gum disease, dandruff, abscesses, viral warts, athlete's foot, tinea cruris, wounds, bites, burns, dry and itchy patches, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue, depression

Plant parts used:

everything on the tree except the bark

Collection time:

at any time

To find:

The tree originally comes from the Himalayan region in northwest India, but now grows worldwide in the tropics and subtropics, in very hot climates.


Mustard oil glycosides, benzyl mustard oil, vitamins C, provitamin A and minerals - calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium, tryptophan, alkaloids (bark)


The horseradish tree is a deciduous tree that grows very quickly and can reach a height of up to 12 meters. The tree bark is whitish-gray and surrounded by a thick cork. Young shoots have purple or green-white hairy bark. The branches are drooping and delicate, while the leaves are pinnate and tripinnate. The asexual flowers appear within the first 6 months after planting. They grow on thin, hairy stems in hanging clumps. Each flower is approximately 1.25 cm long and 1 cm wide. Five yellowish-white petals of different sizes surround the fragrant center. Fruit pod production usually occurs in the second year and increases in the third year. The seed capsules hang from the former flower clusters and form a three-sided brown pod 25 to 50 cm long. Each seed is about 1/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter with papery wings that facilitate dispersal.

In the kitchen, the leaves can be eaten cooked as a vegetable or used as a spice. Very young, unripe dark green fruits are used like green beans and eaten as a vegetable. A vegetable oil, behen oil, is extracted from the seeds.

The root smells like horseradish and it was discovered by the English during the colonial period in India as a substitute for horseradish.

Horseradish tree seeds can be used to purify water. Heavy metals, toxins and salts in the water bind to the seeds and are filtered out of the water.

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