(Equisetum arvense) aka - Shavegrass, Bottlebrush, Dutch Rushes
Its botanical name is derived from two Latin terms, ‘equus,’ meaning “horse,” and ‘seta’ for “bristle.” Horsetail is strongly astringent and is therefore used for both internal and external wounds. It has been used for centuries, as a diuretic in kidney infections, dropsy, and gravel. It also is beneficial as an eye wash for swollen eyelids. It is known to kill the eggs of parasites and to dissolve tumors. Horsetail has large amounts of silica. This helps to strengthen fingernails, increases the flow of urine and helps hold calcium in the body, helping facilitate the use of calcium in the body. It is good for preventing split-ends. Studies have shown that fractured bones will heal much faster when Horsetail is taken. It is used to reduce menstrual bleeding, effective because it promotes coagulation.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Horsetail may provide relief from:
• Bleeding (internal)
• Circulation Problems
• Kidney Stones
- Properties: Alterative, Anti-lithic, Anti-neoplastic, Astringent, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Galactagogues, Lithotriptic, Nephritic, Nutritive, Vulnerary Primary nutrients: Flavonoids, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, PABA, Pantothenic Acid, Silicon, Sodium, Vitamin E