We have heard how horsetail is good for bladder infections, kidney infections, and kidney stones. There are a vast number of recent studies that are indicating very positive results in horsetail aiding in everything from heart disease to anxiety. But there are very good external uses that studies are shedding light with horsetail.
External Uses Of Horsetail
Horsetail is made up of a lot of healing agents that are bound within its properties. It can be made into a tea, which is one of the ways the Romans and Greeks consumed it to help with their illnesses. It also can be fermented over a period of six months. Horsetail can also be turned into capsules or tablets for a fast and easy pill to make us feel better or as an essential oil. Some have known to put it in a compressor a vapor or just dried herbs.
Tinctures, shampoos, lotions, and powders are made from horsetail to assist in external skin, hair, and nail issues. Horsetail made as a soak has assisted people with foot infections, alleviating their symptoms. Horsetail tinctures have been out for boosting hair strength, warm compresses for boils and scars, vapors for nasal congestions and horsetail extract used for brittle nails. Basically depending on what your needs are there is some way to use horsetail that would be suitable for most.
Horsetail’s Natural Beauty Benefits
How is this plant, commonly referred to as a pest within the garden world, becoming this uprising star in the natural medicine world? This plant dates from over 400 million years and is the sole survivor plant of its kind from prehistoric days…even outliving the majestic dinosaurs! If you believe in fate then you can believe this plant has survived all this time because of its strength and fantastic chemical makeup, to fulfill its destiny of keeping us healthy.
Recent studies have proven it is loaded with Silica and Silva. This boosts collagen production and strengthens hair, teeth, bones, and nails. This also strengthens and improves the elasticity of your skin, joints and blood vessels.
It has been found to work wonders even with hair. If made into a shampoo, studies have shown a major decrease in dandruff by reducing 5a. It contains Reductase which is important for testosterone production and assisting in men’s hair loss. Women are finding it equally beneficial for thinning hair, strengthening their hair and regrowth in thin, brittle nails.
A recent study showed that nail polish that contains horsetail, hydroxypropyl-chitosan, and methylsulfonylmethane improves nail psoriasis for six months. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease in which half the patients who have had psoriasis will have extensive nail damage. So these studies involving horsetail may assist in providing relief for those who suffer from psoriasis.
Along with many vitamins and antioxidants, horsetail may wind up being the future in holistic healing and pharmaceuticals.