The History Of Horsetail As A
Horsetail is one of the oldest botanical healing herbs in
It is believed that horsetail is also the source of the
modern cola seams. The horsetail plant is brittle and grows in
jointed stems that are rich in healing silica. Horsetail has
been used since Ancient times.
It was used by the Greeks to help heal wounds. These days,
horsetail is most commonly viewed as an invasive weed, although
it still remains a standby favorite for herbalists and
practitioners of natural medicine.
Herbalists described horsetail as dry, slightly bitter and
cold. The plants constituents include silica, saponins,
alkaloids (including nicotine), bitter principle, phytosterols,
tannins, and several minerals, including potassium, manganese,
The actions of horsetail have been described as astringent,
anti-inflammatory, a tissue healer, and it is also known to
stop bleeding. Many parts of the horsetail plant can be used to
make several herbal remedies. The most commonly used parts are
the aerial parts.
The aerial parts of the horsetail plant are astringent and
the stems have been known to stop bleeding, wounds, nosebleeds,
and heavy menstruation. Horsetail is also known as a strong
diuretic, and as a possible treatment for urinary track and
It is also known as a tonic to tonify the urinary mucous
membranes. The aerial pars of horsetail are also used to
control bed-wetting, and it can also be used to treat various
skin problems. Many herbalists also prepare horsetail to treat
damage incurred from lung disease.
The plant is traditionally harvested throughout its growing
season. In traditional Chinese herbal medicine, the dried stems
of horsetail are used to treat fevers. It is also prepared to
treat eye inflammations and eye infections, including
conjunctivitis and corneal disorders.
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There are many applications for horsetail. It can be
prepared in a decoction to treat heavy menstruation, skin
disorders (including eczema and acne), and to treat stomach
ulcers, urinary tract inflammations, as well as prostate and
To prepare as a decoction, simply simmer the
aerial parts for at least three hours to extract its primary
constituents. Horsetail can also be prepared as a poultice by
crushing the plant's aerial parts into a powder and then paste.
Use the horsetail paste to treat leg ulcers, chilblains, sores,
and wounds. Horsetail can also be used as a mouthwash and
gargle. Simply dilute the horsetail tincture and use for mouth
and gum infections, rinsing several times a day.
Menstrual pains and premenstrual headaches
can be greatly reduced with a sage, lavender
and geranium mix of essential oils in a sweet
almond carrier oil.
Some herbalists also recommend taking horsetail
in a juice. Liquidizing its stems, and then ingesting the
liquid juice three times a day make the juice of the horsetail
plant. Horsetail is also commonly taken in capsule form. Taking
powdered horsetail in capsule form is often more convenient
than taking the herb in juice or decoction form. It can be used
to treat various ailments, except for nosebleeds.