Also known as Shavegrass, horsetail is undoubtedly among the few herbs that are an absolute must-have for your medicine cabinet. The only living genus present that reproduced by means of spores rather than seeds, horsetail is sometimes also called a living fossil.
A cosmopolitan plant that grows as high as 2.5 m in height, horsetail can also be consumed as food, are eaten as a delicacy in some parts of the world. The Turkish use horsetail extracts to make tea or a thickening powder, and in some other regions of the world, it has also been used as a dye to give a soft green color.
This plant has a long history of medicinal uses, and even today, it is being used as a natural remedy will great acceptance around the world.
Let’s take a look at the various health conditions it can deal with
- The thiaminase content of horsetail is found to be effective in inducing fluid retention (edema) and help reduce the occurrence of bladder and kidney stones. These properties may also prove to be useful in helping individuals deal with urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (inability to control expulsion of urine) and other conditions of the bladder.
- Horsetail extracts may also be used directly on the skin to treat skin wounds and burns.
- The natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of horsetail make it one of the best diuretics, which help increase output of urine.
- Horsetail extracts are also used to deal with other health conditions such as uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhage), jaundice, tuberculosis, hepatitis, gout, osteoarthritis, frostbites, weight loss, balding, heavy menstrual bleeding and even brittleness of the fingernails.
- Horsetail also possesses valuable astringent, antimicrobial, antibacterial, coagulant, demulcent and diuretic activity.
- Many gastrointestinal conditions including dyspepsia, ulcers etc. can be handled by using horsetail extracts as a home remedy.
Since this herb contains traces of nicotine, it is advised that young children avoid the intake of this herb. Those suffering from brittle bone disorders should also seek medical advice before using this herb.