Native to Europe, Asia, and North America, horsetail is a survivor from prehistoric times. This early plant has been unchanged for millennia and once formed the vegetation that decomposed to produce coal seams. It encourages the healing of connective tissue, and has been used as a wound herb to stop bleeding since ancient times.
Take 1/2–1 cup of a decoction made from 1/2oz (15g) of the herb to 1 pint (600ml) water 3 times daily for excessive menstruation, inflammation of the urinary tract, prostate problems, or chronic lung disorders.
Take 1–2 tsp (5–10ml) 3 times daily for damaged lungs or urinary disorders.
Add 1 cup of the decoction to bath water for sprains, fractures, or irritable skin conditions including eczema.
Use 1 tsp of powder made into a paste with a little water, or a handful of the fresh aerial parts sweated in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (bain marie); spread on gauze and use for leg ulcers, wounds, sores, or chilblains.
Use 1/2 cup of a decoction with an equal amount of water for mouth or gum infections or sore throats.
Prefers moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Usually propagated by root division in early spring. Under statutory control as an invasive weed in some countries.
Cut stems in the growing season.
- Equisetum arvense
- Aerial parts
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