Herbs

Horsetail

COMMON NAME

 

Standardized: horsetail
Other: field horsetail, shavegrass, shavetail grass

 

BOTANICAL NAME

 

Equisetum arvense L. Plant Family: Equisetaceae

 

OVERVIEW

 

Horsetail has a recorded history going back to the Devonian period, almost 350 million years ago. The plant at that time was as tall as a modern palm tree. Horsetail, not to be confused with cat-tail, is possibly the most abundant source of silica in the plant kingdom, so much in fact that the herb can be used for polishing metal. It got the name "scouring rush" from this very application. It has had other uses during the ages including as an ingredient in shampoos, skincare products, and in dietary supplements.

PARTS USED

Dried, aerial portions of the plant.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Usually in tea, tinctures and encapsulations. Universally used in cosmetics.

 

PRECAUTIONS

 

Not for use in persons with kidney disease.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

 

 

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