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


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.


  • 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.


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.