(Medicinal Herbs) Horsetail

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Horsetail Scientific Names and Common Names,Horsetail Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Horsetail Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Horsetail


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | How Sold | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Equisetum arvense L.Equisetaceae

Common Names

Joint grass
Mu-zei (Chinese name)
Shave grass
Scouring rush
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Parts Usually Used

Sterile stems, best used fresh but can be dried.
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

A perennial plant with creeping underground stems. From these in summer grow jointed, grooved, sterile stems with whorls of jointed branches. At each joint there is a toothed sheath with black tips on the teeth. Brown jointed fertile stems appear before the sterile stems: they bear terminal cones. Spring up in April and catkins bloom in July, seeds in August, perishes down to the ground in fall.

Some varieties of Equisetum are poisonous. Care should be taken to identify if collecting in the wild. Not a very pretty plant.
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Where Found

Fond in damp places, in fields and meadows, woods, on roadsides; it can be a persistent weed. Throughout North America.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, astringent, hemostatic, alterative, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, styptic
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Biochemical Information

Aconitic acid, calcium, copper, equisitine, fatty acids, fluorine, nicotine, PABA, silica, sodium, starch, vitamin B5 and zinc.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

According to one reference, some 200 million years ago the horsetail grass was a family of tree size plants, growing with gigantic clubmosses and ferns in a strange world of steaming bogs, swamps and shallow lakes. The plants in this period of time were huge but short lived. Today it is an insignificant dwarf among flowering vegetation of an entirely different plant world.

In Europe horsetail grass is known as Pewterwort because of its use for polishing pewter utensils, other metals, wood utensils, cabinets, etc.

The Native Americans used horsetail grass to polish their arrow shafts.

Used today in many herbal beauty products for skin, nails, and hair.
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Used as a diuretic and in the treatment of edema, nephritis, gall stones, and kidney stones. Strengthens hair (good for split ends), nails, bone, teeth, promotes healthy skin, stops bleeding, and increases calcium absorption. Used in the treatment of cystitis, intestinal disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs, broken bones, internal and external ulcers, even gangrenous ulcers, gonorrhea, syphilis, menorrhagia, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoidal hemorrhage, eyewash for eye inflammation and conjunctivitis, ear infections, swollen glands, dropsy, bedwetting, nosebleeds, heavy menstruation, prostate disorders, tuberculosis, and gout. Promotes healing of broken bones and connective tissue.

Use as a poultice or wash to help stop bleeding and to accelerate healing of wounds and as a gargle.

In the bath, horsetail will soothe pain and, as a lotion, will prompt the rapid healing of sores, old running ulcers, itches and rashes, shingles, helps get rid of white spots from nails, controls excess oil on skin, good conditioner for nails and hair, helps strengthen bones, helps in absorption of calcium. Added to a bowl of boiling water, its vapors will help clear stuffy nose, fever, flu, and chest congestion. An essential oil rubbed nightly on weak, brittle fingernails will improve their condition.

Native Americans used the dried and burned plant (the ashes) on sore mouths.

This rough plant can be used as a pot and pan scrubber.
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Formulas or Dosages

Horsetail can be dried and cut. About 1 1/2 oz. can be boiled in 1 gallon of water for 15-20 minutes. Cool and strain.

Juice: take 10 drops twice a day.
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Nutrient Content

Calcium, vitamin B5 and zinc; iron, potassium and rich in minerals.
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How Sold

Capsules: take 1, up to 3 times daily.
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Horsetail is toxic if taken in large doses.

Some varieties of Equisetum are poisonous. Care should be taken to identify if collecting in the wild.

Seek professional care if there is blood in the urine or for sudden changes in menstrual flow leading to heavy bleeding.

Horsetail is banned in Canada, except in products where thiaminase-like compounds present in the herb are removed.
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