Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)

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Commonly a herb eaten with roast beef, Horseradish is originally a wild herb that can be found growing on roadsides (if you can recognise it!) It often resembles a dockleaf. The root is the main medicinal part and has a strong peppery taste and smell. Leaves have a milder peppery flavour and are a great addition to salads. Anyone who knows wasabi… will recognise the flavour and smell.

Full of benefits, particularly to the respiratory system as well as the sinuses.

Horseradish will…

  • Aids digestionwhere indigestion, nausea and inflammation are a problem
  • Boost immunity
  • Clears blocked sinuses (within seconds!)
  • Aids the respiratory systemby it’s decongestant and expectorant properties (clearing the head and lungs from mucous), and eases sore throats and spasmodic, irritating coughs and asthma
  • Eases joint pain, particularly with conditions like arthritis, when taken daily or used externally (as per infused oil recipe below), due to it’s anti-inflammatory qualities
  • Natural diuretic – can help dissolve kidney stones and ease bladder infections
  • Naturally detoxifies the body and targets parasites within the digestive system too!



Melanie is a Master Herbalist and a Wholistic Health Coach. Melanie’s aim is to empower her clients to reclaim their own ability to heal themselves. She offers both individual sessions as well as complete personal programmes, with guidance and natural remedies, to bring about transformation and harmony on all levels. Melanie runs seasonal experiential ‘Herbcraft’ Masterclasses and is available for talks and workshops. She is author of ‘Herbcraft’– an accredited professional diploma and offers both home study and online courses.


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