Horsetail plant is a herb which contains many mineral salts, especially silica, but also manganese, potassium, magnesium and many trace minerals. Horsetail has a high content of silica. Silica is an important nutrient needed for bone and tooth formation and helps to nourish the skin, nail and maintain healthy hair. This medicinal herb has been used throughout herbal history in the treatment of kidney disorders and treatment of urinary tract infection, the inability to control urination (incontinence. It helps to reduce the body weight and has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It stops bleeding, for calm an overactive liver and eases nervous tension.
About the plant:
Horsetail medicinal plant is a unique plant because of its different stems. In the early spring, it grows a stem that looks somewhat like asparagus. Later in the Summer, the stem appears as thin, green and somewhat feathery.
How to grow:
Horsetail does not contain any seeds. Instead, it grows from a rhizome, a root-like underground stem. Plant horsetail plant in pots or keep a watchful eye as horsetail grows about four feet tall and will take over your garden if you let it. Plant it in early spring in the full or partial sun. Horsetail is native to boggy areas and prefers wet soil, high heat, and humidity. If you live in a colder climate, the aboveground part of the plant will turn brown in the winter, but the underground rhizome will survive and grow new green shoots in the spring.
How to use:
Consume it in the form of tea. Add 1 teaspoon to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, strain and enjoy hot or cold. Gently apply this tea to your hair as a rinse for hair growth.
Consult an Ayurvedic doctor before consuming orally. Not enough reliable information about the side effects.
English: Horsetail, Field Horsetail, Puzzle Grass
Hindi: Ashwa Puccha, Tail