Horsetail (common)

Equisetum

Also known as field horsetail, marestail, snake grass, puzzlegrass or bottle-brush.

The story…

Horsetail has existed since prehistoric times and is distributed naturally throughout the world, except in Oceania and some islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They grow in humid environments, for example in rainforests, ditches and roadsides. The word horsetail refers to the appearance of the plant when bunched together.

Uses

Joint pain and bone problems

Horsetail helps protect and restore bone tissue and cartilage, thanks to its silica content. It is therefore particularly indicated in cases of rheumatism, osteoarthritis or tendinitis. Silica also helps to remineralize bones, particularly by facilitating the absorption of calcium, for people suffering from osteoporosis (excessive fragility of the skeleton) or in case of fracture.

Mild kidney problems

Horsetail has a diuretic effect and facilitates the body’s elimination functions. It therefore helps to avoid water retention problems and the oedemas that these can cause.

Preparation

Infusion: 2g of stems for 150ml of water. Cover, leave to infuse for 15 minutes and filter. It can be mixed with other plants to cover the taste. When applied externally, the infusion of horsetail also helps to strengthen hair and nails.

Precautions

Contraindicated for people with kidney or heart problems, as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

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