Horsetail is a medicinal plant that boasts a number of health properties, such as helping us eliminate fluid retention, which is why it complements weight loss diets for people who tend to feel bloated often. It is also an excellent remedy for improving your skin, nails, and hair.
Here we will explain all the properties of horsetail, a slimming and mineralizing plant. We will also explain how to consume it to get the most of its benefits and where to find it. You may even be able to get it close to home!
Let’s go over some of the main properties of horsetail:
- Diuretic: It is possible the most known medicinal plant to help eliminate excess fluids in your body, thanks to its content of potassium, flavonoids, and saponins. It can increase the amount of urine up to 30%. Therefore, we recommend it for fluid retention, edemas, rheumatitis, gout, kidney stones, urinary infections, etc.
- Slimming: This plant helps you lose weight precisely because of its diuretic property. But, you should keep in mind that you won’t be eliminate fat but rather excess fluids.
- Depurative: Its ability to eliminate fluids is added to its elimination of toxins, which is why this plant, combined with others like milk thistle, urtica, dandelion, for example, will allow you to depure your body of toxic elements. You can do a depurative cure a couple of times a year, in the fall and spring, by drinking infusions of this plant everyday.
- Mineralizing: Its high and varied content of minerals makes it a powerful mineralizing plant, ideal for nourishing your bones and preventing them from becoming weak, which is what happens in osteoporosis or cavities. It also helps improve the healing of bone injuries and helps in times of fatigue, stress, convalescence, anemia. etc.
- Improves your skin and nails: Its high content of silicon, which helps form collagen, deeply nourishes your skin and nails. Thanks to its depurative properties, it allows you to keep your nails and skin free from toxins, bacteria, and fungus. In this way, horsetail helps prevent the appearance of blemishes, eczema, and wrinkles, and can even alleviate stretch marks.
- Improve your hair’s health: Its silicon content also benefits your hair and strengthens its growth and improves its texture. It also prevents grey hair, balding, and dandruff.
- Regenerating and healing: It is a powerful cell regenerator and helps improve the healing of skin wounds and marks.
- Controls hemorrhages: Thanks to its astringent properties, horsetail can control or even cure hemorrhages. We recommend it in the case of blood injuries, nose bleeds, cutaneous ulcers, or heavy menstruation.
- Improves tendon flexibility: This is very useful for people that do extreme exercise frequently or suffer from tendon pain.
How to Consume it
The most common way to consume it is as an infusion, boiling the plant for five minutes and letting it sit for another five. If you want to treat a specific illness, we recommend drinking three glasses a day for a month and a half. Then, rest for a few weeks. You can repeat this treatment throughout the year.
You can also go for a syrup or extract. In that case, follow the manufacturer’s or doctor’s directions.
You can also gargle this plant (for throat or gum pain or mouth ulcers) or apply it externally because it is anti-inflammatory and is useful in the case of vaginal infections, hemorrhoids (also bleeding), herpes, eczema, glaucoma, etc.
Where Can I Find It?
You can buy it in herbal or dietary stores or in some supermarkets because it is a very well-known plant. You can buy it to make an infusion or as an extract or in pill-form as well, according to the intensity of the treatment that you want to do or your comfort. For those cases, we recommend seeing a therapist or doctor.
You should also know that you can find this plant naturally in the summer in humid places, next to rivers, lakes, or swamps, especially in clay. The most used part is the stalk, not the leaves, which you should let dry in hanging bunches.
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