Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes mustard and cabbages. The plant is probably native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, but is popular around the world today. It grows up to 1.5 metres (five feet) tall and is mainly cultivated for its large white, tapering root, although the leaves are also edible.

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... In the United States, horseradish is known mainly as a spicy condiment for sandwiches or meats. Its hot taste and distinctive smell depend on the volatile oils – including mustard oil – that it contains. Volatile oils usually evaporate quickly at room temperature. These oils also give horseradish some medicinal properties. For instance, inhaling horseradish oils or taking horseradish by mouth promotes blood flow in nasal and sinus tissues, thereby possibly relieving upper respiratory congestion. Laboratory studies have shown that horseradish may also have mild antibiotic effects, so it may help to eliminate bacteria that contribute to some respiratory infections. Horseradish is approved for treating upper respiratory tract conditions by the Commission E of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, which is the German governmental agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. The United States does not have a comparable organization. ...
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