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Horsetail -The Healing Stems

 

Jessica Morgan, M.H.I am particularly lucky to have Horsetail growing in abundance in my area. It's rarely cultivated since it is difficult to eradicate once established, but if you plant it in buckets to prevent it from spreading, you can successfully grow a small crop. Horsetail certainly makes a stunning presence in any garden, and is a useful addition to say the least. If you want to grow your own Equisetum arvense, it is best propagated in fall by division of mature plants. Horsetail has been declared a noxious weed in some areas, but I am always excited to see it prospering in the wild. 

Horsetail, or Shavegrass as it is often called, is a primitive spore bearing, grass-like perennial with hollow stems that seem to be impregnated with silica.  Today's horsetail is a shiny grass growing 4-18 inches in height, but in prehistoric times it grew as big as trees. According to myth, if you find horsetail growing in a field, it means there is underground water or a spring below.

Because the stems contain such a large amount of silica, (which is used by the body in the production and repair of connective tissues and accelerates the healing of broken bones) it is a great choice for tissue repair. Other than a fantastic wound healer it is a valuable astringent, diuretic, styptic and tonic.

I find it interesting to know that Horsetail is not only a rich source of Silica and Calcuim, but also Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E, Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Chlorine, Zinc, Cobalt, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Rhodium- Alkaloids (including Nicotine), Saponins, Tannins, Flavonoids, and Phytosterols. There's alot going on in this herb!

One of my favorite herbal tea blends that  provides minerals for strong bone growth for the entire body is simple and tasty. All of these herbs are nutritious and are a good sources of absorabable calcium, magnesium, iron, and other important trace minerals. I recommend two to three cups a day as a gentle bone-building tonic. You can find all of these loose leaf herbs in my Local Harvest Store.

2 parts oatstraw

2 part nettle

1 part horsetail

1 part red clover

1 part rosehips

1 part violet leaves

Horsetail is not only a great medicinal herb for tissue repair, but also nosebleeds, lung weakness, kidney health, eyelid swelling, bleeding gums and prostate and urinary tract health.

It's also a good tea for postmenopausal women to keep their hair, skin, and nails in fit shape as the Silica and Calcium strengthen brittle nails; give life to dull, dry hair, and restore skin tissue.

As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

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Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

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Comments:

You can also decoct a tea from the joint rings for arthritis!

Posted by trent on July 28, 2009 at 09:24 AM PDT #

Thanks so much for your additional information! I always encourage comments and enjoy reading them as well.

Take care,
Jessica

Posted by Jessica Morgan on July 28, 2009 at 09:31 AM PDT #

Jessica:Is it a coicidence that we both write today at the same hour!I enjoy reading your blog so much.Thanks for your comments.Give me your critique as well I can take some kiks in the rear or suggestions.
Here is one suggestion for you:
Why not write an article on the herbs that can help in the FLU or colds ...there are a lot iof them and try to pinpoint them by where they grow for example :In north east-south east-west-north with pictures and time to pick them up.I like your last blog especially the picture with the recipe.
Go girl.
Tony :)

Posted by tony on July 28, 2009 at 02:11 PM PDT #

Nice blog .You hit again Jessica.Thanks for your comments.I love to read your blog .Could you write more about hebs that we can find here at the South East.Are you interested in exchange.We have SawPalmeto season and Elderberry...
Enlighten us!
Tony:)

Posted by tony on July 28, 2009 at 02:34 PM PDT #

Thanks Tony-
I enjoy yours blogs as well. I love learning from others.

It's funny how my blogs work- I wake up with an idea and just write it down. There are so many wonderful ornamental plants and herbs to write about. I try to cover the growing habits as well as harvesting and usage of a particular herb, but I like to keep my blogs at a minimum so that people aren't overwhelmed with info. As you know, its difficult to sum up everything you want to write about in just a few paragraphs!

Thanks for the comments,
Jessica Morgan

Posted by Jessica - Morgan Botanicals on July 28, 2009 at 02:50 PM PDT #

Hi Tony-

I would love to cover herbs from different regions, unfortunately some of them I have yet to have actual experience growing them as I myself live in the South West. I would be very interested in any info you could share from your region as well. Here in the mountain of California we are lucky to have an abundance of Elderberry too, but I would love to get my hands on some of your Saw Palmetto!

It's always nice to here from you,
Jessica Morgan

Posted by Jessica Morgan on July 28, 2009 at 03:06 PM PDT #

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