Equisetum/horsetail

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ItalianBee
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Equisetum/horsetail

Postby ItalianBee » Thu May 21, 2015 4:26 pm

I just came back from a lovely long walk during which I gathered a bag full of Equisetum. I know that this is used as a diuretic, and that it is important to gather when it is young (one reason I was determined to go out today), but neither I nor anybody I know has immediate need for a diuretic - what other uses are people familiar with? I would like to make friends with this plant.

RoseRed
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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby RoseRed » Fri May 22, 2015 7:29 am

I used to put a teaspoon of it in my exhusbands oatstraw infusions for prostate health.

NateFlory
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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby NateFlory » Tue May 26, 2015 7:24 am

Not quite a "herbal medicine", but older horsetail plants are great when camping to scrub pots and pans after dinner. :) Do this in scouts periodically, if there's enough around that a handfull won't impact sustainabile growth.

I've also heard that due to it's silicon content, it's marginally useful for brittle nails and osteoporosis, but I can't find any studies to really support that beyond "friend of a friend of a friend mentioned it" levels of references.

It's a neat plant to find though. I like it's shape.

ItalianBee
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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby ItalianBee » Tue May 26, 2015 5:18 pm

I have also heard that about osteoporosis, Nate - equisetum appears to be high in calcium.

And I will definitely try that with the pots and pans, though I imagine that the later-season, coarser plants would work better than the delicate little fronds I collected!

Movlin
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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby Movlin » Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:08 am

It's one of my very favorites! It healed my kidneys and is regrowing broken teeth in my mouth. The silica in this plant is magic. Since silica is a building block of the body, horsetail can help rebuild and repair most anything - internally and externally. It makes a wonderful face toner, as it rebuilds skin cells that are aging....the list just goes on and on. Be a little careful when harvesting this plant - some recommend gloves and protective eyewear as the glass like particles of silica can lodge in places....

Don't undervalue one of the oldest plants on earth.

ItalianBee
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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby ItalianBee » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:18 am

Thank you Movlin! I never thought of using it externally. I'm about to make some more of my elderflower vinegar (which I dilute and dab on my face), and it sounds as if I could add horsetail to it and make it even better. :D

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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby Lady Alinor » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:29 pm

Movlin is right...Horsetail is a mineral powerhouse!!!! I use it with Oatstraw (daily) and Comfrey (1-2 times a week).
To be able to harvest Horsetail is a real blessing...sunshine, fresh air, and green things...BLESSINGS! :D

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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby Lady Alinor » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:12 pm

The archived site has some great HORSETAIL threads.
http://web.archive.org/web/201308290327 ... /index.php

ItalianBee
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Re: Equisetum/horsetail

Postby ItalianBee » Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:40 pm

Thanks all!


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