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Armoracia rusticana
Horseradish
Family:
Cruciferae


picture: mid-August 2004

Origin:
eastern Europe

Type:
grows back each year from the root.

Flowering/Fruiting:

Part used:
root

Actions:
circulatory stimulant, antiseptic (esp. lungs, urinary), diuretic,

Uses:
externally to stimulate circulation over inflamed joints or tissues (eg. rheumatism), bronchial and urinary infections
WARNING: like all members of the cabbage and mustard family, horseradish tends to depress thyroid function and should be avoided where thyroid levels are low.

Catchtail Comments:
We like planting horseradish and comfrey at the base of our young trees; theyare bio-accumulators and use their long taproots to draw nutrients from the lower soil. We cut the leaves and place them at the base of the tree to compost, making the accumulated nutrients available to the tree.

Links:
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/h/horrad38.html
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/med-aro/factsheets/HORSERADISH.html

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