Cochlearia armoracia. N.O. Cruciferae.
Habitat ► Indigenous to England and Eastern Europe.
Features ► Root whitish, cylindrical, about one foot long by three-quarters of an inch through. Taste and odour pungent, irritant, mustard-like.
Part used ► Root.
Action ► Stimulant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic.
Used as a digestive. Its stimulant and diuretic properties are said to be of value in the treatment of dropsy, but it is rarely prescribed by modern herbalists.
Coffin recommends ►
“Fresh Horseradish root, sliced 1 oz.
Mustard seeds, bruised 1/2 oz. Boiling water 1 pint
“Let it stand in a covered vessel for four hours, then strain. Dose, three tablespoonfuls three times a day. Diuretic and stimulant. Useful in dropsies, especially those occurring after scarlet fevers and