4 Horseradish Health Benefits You Can Easily Start Utilising Today


Horseradish is one of those plants that you either love or hate. This strong, spicy root vegetable has been cultivated and used for centuries in many cultures and has some surprising health benefits.

Commonly known for its culinary uses, horseradish has been used since the Middle Ages in primarily German and Danish cooking. By the 1600s, however, its use became more widespread, particularly as a condiment in England by those who lived in the country and field workers. This is where horseradish as a condiment to go with rich meals like roast beef originates from.

If you like horseradish, then you might be wondering about those horseradish health benefits we mentioned. Below are four ways you can use this plant to support your health.


Historical use of horseradish health benefits

Modern ethnobotanical studies of Eastern Europe and Russia have found that they used grated horseradish to help with joint pain. They added it to wine and used it in a cloth as a poultice and applied to the head for headaches, or mixed with vinegar, salt, and sugar for lowering blood pressure. 

Other ways of using it included making into a paste which was then applied to the throat to help with breathing issues. The grated root was mixed with honey to help with for coughs and bronchitis.

In modern herbalism it's used to help support the metabolism and circulation. Because horseradish is best and most commonly extracted in vinegar, we have chosen to add it to our Fire Cider to support circulation, digestion and sinus health. 


1. Horseradish can help with digestion

If you suffer from digestion issues, stomach pain or excess wind, you could try using this plant for the following horseradish health benefits. Horseradish can help support digestive concerns - especially if you find digesting specific proteins an issue. This is because it can help promote stomach secretions (enzymes and acids) to help break them down. The active constituents within the root can also help soothe excess gas and pain, as it is a potent carminative.

2. Horseradish can help when you have a cold 

If you ever find yourself with a cold, blocked sinuses, phlegm and a runny nose, remember that horseradish can help. That’s because another horseradish health benefit is its ability to dry up excess mucus and help with the symptoms of the ills and chills. Because it helps with circulation it can also help with fevers.

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It has a strong anticatarrhal activity. This means it helps to thin and drain mucus from the sinuses and can help reduce infection from growing in clogged sinuses. The anticatarral action is also officially recognized by the German Commission E. As well as helping with colds, these actions make it a good choice for those that suffer sinusitis from hay fever and other respiratory allergies.

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3. Horseradish can help you bring up mucus

As mentioned above, another benefit of horseradish is that it helps with excess mucus in the throat and lungs. Its ability to irritate and stimulate the lining of the lungs helps to thin and expel mucus. This is, of course, great if you have the ills and chills. But it's also helpful for long-term smokers or those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

4. Horseradish is antibacterial

Horseradish’s health benefits also stem from its high antibacterial activity. This is demonstrated by how it can help support the respiratory tract. An in vitro study showed that horseradish helped to stop Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes pneumonia, among other human infections.

Our Fire Cider can be used preventatively as horseradish, ginger, garlic, kawakawa and horopito all support a healthy immune system.


Care is advised if you have a stomach ulcer or are pregnant, but this mostly concerns having horseradish at higher doses (like in a tincture).


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