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Cool Herb Highlight: Equisetum

Equisetum, also known as horsetail, is a fantastically diverse herb. Here are some useful tidbits you may not have known.

It is good for hair, skin, and nails

Horsetail is one of the best sources of silica, which helps the body produce collagen, a building block of your hair, skin and nails.

Studies have shown it increased hair growth, volume, and thickness.

It is used for healing wounds

Studies have found horsetail ointment helped women heal from episiotomy wounds faster, while significantly reducing post-op pain.

It can help with some heavy metal detox

A study found drinking a liter of high-silica removed aluminum without removing essential metals like iron and copper.

It reduces inflammation

Studies have found that horsetail is one of several herbs that contain kynurenic acid, which possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and pain-relieving properties, especially for rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Use Horsetail

To make a strong infusion, boil a half cup of dried horsetail in 2 cups of hot water for 10 minutes. Let sit for 1-7 hours.

You can use this infusion for:

– Herbal Hair Rinse to strengthen hair and stimulate growth.

– Skin Tonic for glowing skin soak a paper face mask in the tea and wear it on your face for up to 30 minutes.

– Sore Throat. Mix the infusion with some sea salt. Gargle a couple times a day.

– Gingivitis. Gargle/swish 3-4 times a day.

As always, make sure to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.