Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense)

Horsetail TeaHorsetail (Equisetum Arvense) is one of the oldest known herbal remedies famous for its vast variety of therapeutic properties. This is the only survived specie which belongs to an ancient family of plants living millions of years ago. Horsetail known also as Mare’s tale, Shave Grass, Bottlebrush, Paddock pipes, Candock and other names, is a very common plant throughout Northern hemisphere. Medicinal properties and health benefits of horsetail were discovered and studied by Galen, a famous physician who lived in the Roman Empire. This medicinal herb also plays an important role in Traditional Chinese medicine and modern Japanese alternative medicine.

Horsetail has a very high silicon content, as well as a rich content of natural minerals (iron, calcuim, manganese, potassium, aluminium and many others). Other constituents of this medicinal plant include fatty acids, tannins, alcaloids, flavonoids, phytosterols, saponins, glycosides and other compounds. It is not easy to list the full number of therapeutic actions of this medicinal herb, but main of those include antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, carminative, diuretic, coagulant, cardioprotective, antioxidant and other natural properties of horsetail.

Health benefits of horsetail include the following powers of this herb:

  • A combination of diuretic and anti0inflammatory properties make horsetail an excellent remedy for various types of urinary tract infections.
  • Health Benefits Of HorsetailHorsetail teas and tinctures can be used to treat various digestive problems like ulcers, hyper-acidity and others.
  • Health benefits of horsetail include its effectiveness in treating many symptoms of common cold including coughs, fever, clogged nose and so on.
  • Horsetail can be used for treatment of such diseases as dysentery, emphysema, lung infections, conjunctivitis and tuberculosis.
  • Silica in horsetail tea plays an important role in bone strengthening and preventing such a common problem as osteoporosis.
  • Silica also is an essential natural nutrient which can assist in preventing memory loss, strengthening nerve cells and connective tissues in brain.
  • Also, silica is a great support for excellent dental health: in particular, to prevent gum bleeding and gum disease.
  • Horsetail can be recommended as an excellent natural remedy for such problem as hemorrhoids.
  • Rich in minerals, horsetail tea can be used to treat anaemia.
  • Regular consumption of horsetail tea and extracts is linked to a better function of bladder.
  • Horsetail can be used to treat bladder and kidney infections
  • Horsetail infusion can be used externally to treat various skin problems like burns, wounds, wrinkles, acne, rushes and so on.
  • Anti-fungal health benefits of horsetail can be used to treat foot infections.
  • Being a natural stimulant, horsetail infusion can be used for slowing down hair loss, as well as avoid brittle and weak nails.
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