Traditionally this plant has been used to support the urinary tract, kidneys and connective tissues. It contains a soluble source of silica, a mineral known to be essential in the development of healthy hair, skin and nails. It is also a good source of the flavonoids quercitin 3 glucoside and luteolin. The North American native peoples used Horsetail to treat several kidney and bladder ailments and some Indigenous people cooked and ate the young shoots of Horsetail. The green stems of Horsetail are having been traditionally used for their mineral content, including being one of the plants highest in silica. Horsetail used traditionally in ancient Roman and Greek times to stop bleeding, heal ulcers and wounds, and treat tuberculosis and kidney problems.
The taste and energetics of Horsetail are earthy, bitter, sweet, pungent, cooling and astringent.
Use: 1 teaspoon of Horsetail to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day. Or make an herbal vinegar to use as culinary on food, or take a teaspoon or two a day as a mineral supplement.
Precautions: Large amounts of this herb can cause a vitamin B1 deficiency, it is best to take B vitamins when you are taking Horsetail. consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition.
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