Horsetail (equisetum arvense): has many uses as an herb with many benefits to the human family. As a forager, I was happy to find a batch of it this summer. An ancient plant, horsetail has been around since 100 million years before the dinosaurs appeared. It’s a survivor, and drastic measures are needed to get rid of it if it invades your fields or garden.
Horsetail contains numerous mineral salts, especially silica, but also potassium, manganese, and magnesium, and many trace minerals.
Horsetail is judged to be particularly beneficial to people suffering from anemia or general debility. Its action is characterized as diuretic and astringent. It is prescribed in the treatment of kidney and bladder disorders, arthritis, gout, and skin afflictions. It is recommended for gastric complaints and inflammations of the respiratory tract. It is said to promote urination and stop bleeding, to reduce fevers, to calm an overactive liver, and to ease nervous tension. It has been used to clear heavy head colds and to sooth inflamed, swollen eyelids. And throughout history, it is been relied on to cleanse and heal wounds . . . . even modern studies indicate that fractured bones heal more quickly with the help of horsetail.
As a diuretic, it will increase urination, thus flushing the system of toxins. Its astringent property would make it good for wounds and to stop bleeding. It can be used both internally, as a weak tea, and externally, as a wash for wounds.
Also horsetail’s silica/silicone is turned into natural calcium by the body when taken internally. Taken as a tea or tincture is much better than calcium pills.
Horsetail tea can be used on other plants, spraying them with it to get rid of mildew and other fungus infections on roses, fruit trees, vegetables, etc.
Dosage: 10 drops four times per day for chronic conditions, six to eight times per day for acute conditions. Always take it on an empty stomach. The best time is 10-15 min. before meals and 30-60 min. before bed.
Ingredients: Wildcrafted Horsetail, Distilled Water, 30% Alcohol