Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is one of the oldest plants on the planet. It is derived from huge, tree-like plants that thrived 400 million years ago during the Paleozoic era. A close relative of the fern, the horsetail is a nonflowering herb found throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Only the green fern-like part of the plant is used for medicinal purposes; the root is not used. Native American, Ayurvedic, traditional European, and modern herbalists alike recognize the benefits of this ancient herb. Traditionally horsetail has been used as a medicinal herb to treat osteoporosis, tuberculosis, and kidney problems since ancient Greek and Roman times. In addition, horsetail is known for its regenerative properties, and it helps to renew cell tissues.
Horsetail is high in silica, calcium, and minerals that boost our body's natural collagen production. Silica is an essential trace mineral that plays an indispensable role in developing, strengthening, and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Silica also restores weak connective tissues in blood vessels, cartilage, tendons, and collagen — the body glue that helps hold our skin and muscle tissues together. In addition, silica speeds the healing of bone fractures. It is assumed to alleviate rheumatism and arthritis by improving the joints' elasticity and is recommended to athletes for sprains, pulled hamstrings, and torn ligaments. Horsetail is synergistically blended into our proprietary herbal tea STRESS AID to assist in collagen production, an essential element in preventing signs of stress such as aging skin.
As a diuretic, horsetail's most common use dates back to the ancient Greeks and Roman physicians. Horsetail tea promotes a greater flow of urine, which may help the body recover from some kidney ailments and edema. Like the United States Food and Drug Administration, Germany's Commission officially lists horsetail as an edema treatment.
☛ May Strengthen Bones
Although there is no sufficient research behind this claim, horsetail is an herb worth trying as a part of a preventive regimen for osteoporosis.
☛ Promotes Hair Health
Put horsetail's silica content to good use by using cooled horsetail tea as a hair rinse. Consider drinking horsetail tea daily as part of an overall silica-rich diet. Silica reportedly helps hair growth and health when used both internally and topically. In addition, the American Pregnancy Association recommends women experiencing hair loss after childbirth to use natural shampoos containing silica interested of applying topical chemicals during the breastfeeding stage.
Horsetail tea's silica content also makes it an ideal nail strengthener. Drink horsetail regularly to experience the herb's benefits from the inside out.
The topical nail strengthener recipe:
Make ½ cup of horsetail tea. Strain and add 1 tsp of honey and steep the mixture for two days. Apply the formula with a cotton ball each day for two weeks.
Anti-fungal nail treatment recipe:
Mix 1 cup of chopped horsetail with 4 cups of boiling apple cider vinegar. Simmer for 3-5 minutes and let the mixture sit overnight. Then, strain and use the cider-horsetail infusion as an herbal soak for hands or feet.
In some countries, horsetail liquor or tea is used as a folk remedy to improve digestion. Flavonoids such as those found in horsetail are being researched for their effects on digestion, bloating, nausea, and stomach pain.
What is Horsetail Tea Good for?
Horsetail has more silica than any other plant, making it a popular herbal tonic remedy that strengthens tissues of the body.
Scientific Research on Horsetail:
Hair Loss During Pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association. (2020, September 16). https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-health-wellness/hair-loss-during-pregnancy-973/.
AM, I., TO, A.-K., & BK, M. (1970, January 1). Flavonoids content in methanolic extract of Equisetum arvense L.(Horsetail) from Kurdistan region - Iraq. Journal of Biotechnology Research Center. https://www.iasj.net/iasj/article/196843.
Mohtasham, N. H., & Gholizadeh, M. (2020, March 30). Nano silica extracted from horsetail plant as a natural silica support for the synthesis of H3PW12O40 immobilized on aminated magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4@SiO2-EP-NH-HPA): a novel and efficient heterogeneous nanocatalyst for the green one-pot synthesis of pyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole derivatives. Research on Chemical Intermediates. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11164-020-04133-8