Horseradish - Medicinal values

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli and cabbage.

It originated in Europe and Asia, but is popular around the world today. It grows up to 1.5 metres tall and is mainly cultivated for its large, white, tapered root.

Horseradish roots, when they are intact, have hardly any aroma, but when cut or grated should be used instantly or mixed with vinegar and consumed.

Medicinal value
Horseradish is a pungent stimulant herb that controls bacterial infection and can be used both internally and externally. If eaten it stimulates the digestive system. Externally, it may be used as a rubefacient.

Known to have diuretic properties, the root is used to treat minor health problems, including urinary tract infection, bronchitis, sinus congestion, in-growing toenail and cough.

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