Its Latin name Equisetum arvense means horsehair. Field horsetail is a very common wild plant in Europe. In herbal medicine, we only use its sterile stems which grow in late spring and can be up to 60 cm high. There are a dozen varieties of Equisetum but some of them are toxic because they are too rich in minerals and dangerous for the kidneys.
Thanks to its richness in minerals, in particular in potassium and silicic acid, field horsetail is used in cases of bone demineralization (osteoporosis) and during fracture consolidation because it helps to fix calcium.
Its high concentration of silicic acid acts on the structure of nails, hair and cartilage and arterial tissues. In addition, the plant is active on the kidneys and the bladder and can be recommended in the treatment of cystitis, stones and urolithiasis. It is also used for its hemostatic properties during small bleeding.
Precautions for use
As with most plants, the use of field horsetail is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 12 years old.
People with severe heart and kidney disease should avoid taking it, as well as those who quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy, as it contains traces of nicotine. In addition, field horsetail should be consumed as a cure and not continuously because it could lead to a vitamin B1 deficiency.
How to take it?
Horsetail, rich in silica, helps the absorption and fixation of calcium. Pour a teaspoon of horsetail in a teaspoon of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, filter and drink 3 times a day.
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