HORSETAIL

HORSETAIL: “An Herbal Gold Mine”

Arthritis, Congestive Heart Failure, Diuretic, Kidney Infection, Kidney Stones, Painful Urination, Urinary Tract Infection

Also Known As: Bottle Brush, Corn-Cob Plant, Equisetum, Pewterwort, Scouring Rush and Shave Grass

HISTORY:

Centuries before horsetail was recognized for containing gold, it was uses as an abrasive cleaner to scour pots, polish pewter and sand or shave wood. Horsetail is a great interest to herbalists because doctors often prescribe gold preparations to treat patients for rheumatoid arthritis.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink up to 2 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 2 times a day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Use root cuttings taken from wild plants in the spring or purchase from a specialty nursery. Set plantings just under marshy soil. Keep the soil wet and harvest stalks in the fall.

SAFETY:

Due to horsetail having a high selenium content, it can cause birth defects, so do not take if you are pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration lists horsetail as an herb of undefined safety.