Horseradish is not only tasty as a spice.

Latin name

Armoracia rusticana

Common names

Farmer's mustard, horseradish, krien, forest radish

Plant description

The horseradish is a long, multi-headed beet-shaped root. Elongated and notched large leaves arranged in a rosette are typical of the appearance of the horseradish. The flower appears in the center, inconspicuous, white and arranged in panicles.

Heyday: June to July

Occurrence. At home in southern Europe, cultivated in our crops, especially in Franconia.

Plant parts used medicinally

The roots of horseradish, usually freshly harvested in autumn and winter, are used to make medicinal products.


  • Allyl mustard oil
  • Gluconasturtiin
  • Sinigrin
  • Rhodanic acid

Medicinal effect and application

Horseradish has active ingredients that do that Growth of bacteria inhibit.

Internally it is used at Bronchial catarrh such as Bladder catarrh, externally to Stimulation of the skin circulation at:

  • gout
  • rheumatism
  • Boils and
  • Carbuncles

Of course, horseradish is one too popular spice In the kitchen, grated raw, many appreciate its spiciness with meat and sausage dishes.


For the internal application is there two possibilities:

1. Fresh root will finely grated and you take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily of it one. The sharpness can be lessened by adding something grated apple there are.

2. You grate a bit of the root roughly, give about the double the amount of sugar to it and lets Take off the juice overnight. Then pour through a sieve. At to cough take a tablespoon 3 times a day.

External use:

Freshly grated, fresh horseradish is made spread thinly on a cloth and placed on the area of ​​skin to be treated.

Side effects

Too much horseradish can be due to its sharpness Symptoms of irritation in the stomach or cause on the skin. Envelopes with freshly grated horseradish do not lie on the skin for more than 10 minutes to let.