Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) medicinal herb is a traditional plant that is one of a kind due to the fact that it possesses a small amount of leaves that are very slender and which also carries long-limb stems. It is a perennial medicinal plant that is native to Europe, Africa as well as North America.
The medicinal properties are diuretic, astringent, anticancer, vulnerary, carminative, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, galactagogue and diaphoretic. The constituents are silicic acid, calcium, silica, potassium, manganese, aluminum and various types of bioflavonoids, flavone glycosides and equisetonin.
The common names are Bottlebrush, Horse tail, Equisetum, Shavegrass, Corncob plant, Common scouring rush, Common horsetail, Mare's tail, Puzzlegrass, Field horse tail, Equisetum arvense and Equisetum arvensis.
It is quite similar to fern and is seen as a nuisance to
many people. Some people firmly believed that it is a chip off the old block of
large fern-like plant that inhabited the earth for over two million
It was a delight to the Romans to use it to clean their pans as well as their pots. The reason for this was that cleaning pots and pans with this herb made them nonstick. This was made possible by the silica substance that is found in it.
This is very unique indeed and at the same time reminds me of the fact that some drivers use onion to rub the windscreen during rain if the windscreen wipers malfunction. Surely, many benefits can be derived from these magnificent herbs. Also, for wood crafts inclusive of cabinets, it was utilized as a finishing.
Shavegrass is primarily known as a remedy for healing cuts and wounds. For thousand of years prior to the settlement of Western men in America it was utilized by the natives as a poultice on open wounds. It was discovered that it can heal the wounds in a very short time making it very effective health benefit to treat such a condition.
In British Colombia, the Thompson tribe utilized the ashes made from the stem to treat burns. The Roman physician by the name of Galen, a renown person in herbal lore, approved this medicinal herb as a folk remedy for bladder and kidney problems. This recommendation was practiced many individuals. Its uses are really traditional.
The primary constituent found in this medicinal herb which was mentioned
before, is silica, which makes it a powerful herb for healing wounds.
This medicinal plant has silicic acid as well as silicates in abundance,
providing about two to three percent of elemental silicon. It can
therefore be used to treat arthritis and rheumatism due to the fact that
these elements may be easily absorb. They may also be used to assist
the progress of calcium absorption making it an ideal plant to enhance
collagen formation as well as promoting the bone growth, hence the
declaration as a remedy for arthritis.
It may also be used to prevent bed-wetting and unrestrained urinary conditions. Silica can strengthen the connective tissues and reduces urinary tract irritation as well as promote the repair of tissue and can also treat individuals who are suffering with emphysema, bursitis, and hemorrhoids or piles.
The benefits of horsetail also includes remedy for skin diseases. The Africans utilized it for such purposes and the Romans consumed it as food. Its uses also include it as remedy for gallstones, nose bleed, prostate conditions, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, blood clots, hypermetropia, indigestion, ulcers and tumors.
You may acquire this medicinal herb in various forms such as powder, extracts, tea, fluid extracts as well as horsetail tincture.
Updated October 4, 2015