Common name: Horsetail, Field Horsetail, Pewterwort, Bottlebrush, Nature's Hoover, Shavegrass (not to be confused with Hippuris vulgaris, Mare's Tail, or the variety of horsetail which grows in woodland and contains fewer active constituents).
Part used: Aerial parts in summer
Habitat: Commonly found in gardens, grassland, moist ground and waselands
Folklore and History: This is another incredible plant which has barely changed for millions of years, it seems that Horsetail's close relatives date back to the Carboniferous period when giant towering versions of it grew like trees!
Constituents: Silicic acid, silica, flavonoids, alkaloids, sterols, saponins, many minerals (potassium, zinc, seleium and others), bitter compounds, aconitic acid, thiaminase
Actions: Astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, diuretic but also astringent for genito-urinary tract (reduces inflammation), styptic, supports strength of connective tissue diuretic, detoxifying, vulnerary, nutritive
Traditional and current uses:
- Genito-urinary tract complaints such as benign prostate enlargement
- Healing for prostate gland, frequent urination, incontinence
- Non-cardiac oedema
- To speed healing and resolution of inflammation, particularly in connective tissue and lungs
- To strengthen nails and hair
- Internally to help heal ulcers
- To improve blood clotting and as a poultice to stem minor bleeding
- To support the body's detoxification pathways
- Externally for haemorrhoids, weeping eczema, chillblains, painful arthritic joints
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