Horsetail plant (Equisetum arvense) is one of the most common medicinal plants which usually grows in mud flats and shallow waters. It has a variety of other names: Shavegrass, Mare’s tail, Bottle brush and so on. Horsetail plant has been used for its unique therapeutic power for centuries, since the times of the Roman doctor and physician Galen who is attributed to discovering the majority of healing properties of this herbal remedy. He found out that this plant can be used to stop nasal bleeding and treat strains and severed tendons.

Horsetail plant contains a series of vitamins, minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, aluminum, manganese, zinc and others, malic, acotinic and silicic acids, beta-sitosterol, palustrine, equisitine, phytosterol, nicotine, fluorine, starch fatty acids and many other essential nutrients and micro-elements. For its rich content of silica compounds, horsetail is used in some industries: in particular, for producing polish tinware. However, as a herbal remedy, it is mostly known for its excellent diuretic properties. Other health benefits of horsetail plant embrace its stimulating, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory powers.

health benefits of horsetailHorsetail tea is the most popular way to use this herbal remedy. Add a table spoon of dried horsetail plant to 250-300 ml of boiling water, keep on low firs for 5 minutes, then leave to cool down for 15-20 minutes. This tea is a rich source of silicon, which is one of the key elements to provide a good health of our skin, nails and hair. Regular use of horsetail tea is linked to stronger teeth, bones and nails, and applying horsetail rinse to your hair can assist in improving hair quality, combating dandruff and preventing hair loss.

Horsetail products can help for increasing urinary flow, removing wastes and bacteria out of the bladder and stimulating body cleansing. It is recommended to use horsetail tea to improve digestion and treat minor digestion disorders, like heartburn, increases acidity, etc. Health benefits of horsetail plant include its powers to speed up healing wounds, cuts, burns and other types of physical damage of the skin. In the same way, horsetail tea can be used to treat small wounds, ulcers and sores in the throat.

Many specialists recommend horsetail tea to those who suffer from such diseases as bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, scarlatina, hepatitis, varicose veins, gum bleeding, polypus, fistula, fractures, strains, incontinence, bed wetting, cystitis  and many more. As a good remedy to prevent water retention, horsetail tea can be used to get rid of swellings linked to arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Remember that those who suffer from congestive heart failure and kidney problems should avoid using horsetail tea, and so do pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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