Equisetum arvense is the Latin name for the field horsetail. In Latin Equisetum means “ponytail”. The epithet arvense describes the location: on the field.Field Horsetail.
The stem with its many thin branches is also compared to the bushy tail of cat, fox and sheep, hence the folk names: whiskers, foxes, sheep’s tail. The nicknames horsetail or grass indicate the use for polishing tin cans and pewter plates, to which field horsetail is suitable due to its rough surface.
Tips For Collecting, Drying and Storing
At the beginning of spring, the field horsetail first sprouts brown spore shoots out of the ground, which have a cone-shaped fruit stand. They look a bit like shaggy asparagus. A few weeks later, the green shoots grow, which are used as medicinal plants.
From June to July is the right time to harvest the green, vigorous shoots of the field horsetail. The most important ingredient is the silica, which is more soluble in tea (by the hot water) in the young shoots than in older, so later harvested stems.
Harvest only the upper parts of the field horsetail and make sure that there are no dark, brown spots on the green branches. This would indicate a fungal attack, which, however, only sets itself on the plants in late summer. Hang bundles in an airy place until the stems are thoroughly dry, then store in a dry place, egg in a linen bag.
Field Horsetail As A Remedy
The high content of silicic acid and minerals such as potassium salts, calcium, magnesium, aluminum, iron, manganese explains the positive effect on skin and mucous membrane and offers versatile applications for the field horsetail. The good thing: all medicated ingredients can be enjoyed simply in the form of a tea.
Recipe tea: 1 teaspoon dried and small cut horsetail per cup, cook for 5 to 10 minutes, strain after a further 15 minutes.
The high content of potassium stimulates the kidney activity and promotes the elimination of metabolic deposits. For this purpose, it is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of Horsetail tea per day, even in cases of inflammation of the kidney, ureter and bladder as well as rheumatism or gout. Kidney or bladder stones can be flushed out, water retention is eliminated.
Field Horsetail tea helps as a gargle solution for inflammation in the mouth and sore throat, inflammation of the sinuses are improved, cough and bronchitis alleviated.In gastric irritation it buffers excess stomach acid and prevents heartburn.
Try the tea for bursitis and periostitis, because Horsetail is a ligament tendon and bone healer. Therefore, you should drink the tea as well if you get a broken bone or have problems with discs. They heal much faster.
Tea Recipe For The Prevention Of Osteoporosis
Mix the horsetail tea with leg wort leaves and stinging nettle in equal parts, add 1 teaspoon of this mixture to each cup with hot water and drink daily.
(When you buy comfrey you may be advised that the roots, depending on the growing area, can contain extremely low levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) that are suspected of damaging the liver and causing cancer.)
As a precaution, comfrey is recommended only for 4-6 weeks per year, however, there have been PA-free breeds on the market for more than 10 years, so be sure to purchase them.)
In case of loose connective tissue, bladder weakness and uterine prolapse, horsetail also acts as a “tissue tensor” and supports the success of gymnastic exercises.
Field Horsetail Cream, Care For Dry, Eczematous And Demanding Skin
Making a cream based on the tea itself is simple, inexpensive and takes a little time. Add 10 grams of dried horsetail to 100 ml of water and simmer gently for about 15 minutes without evaporating too much water, replacing any water that may evaporate. At the same time you melt in a water bath 50 grams of a cream base, for example, Eucerin anhydricum from the pharmacy.
Using a small whisk stir 40 ml of the still hot horsetail tea. To keep the cream supple and add nourishing substances, stir in 10 ml of a vegetable oil, for example St. John’s wort oil.
You can add the contents of one capsule of Vitamin E, which makes the cream more durable and the skin smoother! Take the bowl out of the water bath and stir with the whisk until the ointment cools and solidifies.
Just before cooling down, you can add 5 drops of an essential oil with your favorite fragrance to the cream.
For example, genuine rose oil is especially skin-care. Brush the ointment with a clean cosmetic spatula or spoon in cream cans, preferably dark glass, and store in a cool place until use.
For all those who do not want to stir their own ointments, there is Horsetail in natural cosmetic personal care products from deodorant to shower water as well as tincture, oil or ointment. Get advice in the health food store, health food store or the pharmacy.
Field horsetail vapors help with acute bladder colds and ovarian inflammation. They are also beneficial for prostate conditions and after hypothermia:
Pour 2 liters of boiling horsetail tea in a hip bath, bidet or just a bucket, squat over it, so that the rising vapors can act on the bladder area for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep warm afterwards.
For split hair tips or breaking nails is Horsetail straw tea as a hair conditioner a secret tip. Again it is the silica that strengthens these tissues.
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