Horsetail Tea - Medicinal herb
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Horsetail is also known as Bottle-brush, Horse Willow, Paddock-pipes, Pewterwort, Scouring Rush, Shave Grass and Toad pipe.
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Horsetail is used for kidney and bladder stones, urinary tract infections, wounds and burns. In folk medicine, Horsetail has also been used for tuberculosis, profuse menstrual bleeding, brittle finger nails, hair loss, water retention, rheumatic diseases, gout, swelling, fractures, frostbite, and nasal, pulmonary, and gastric bleeding. An all-purpose herb that is good for the whole body.
Heavy in silica; strengthens fingernails and hair, especially good for split ends. Helps body utilize and hold calcium; used in herbal calcium combinations. Helps kidney problems, especially kidney stones. Kills eggs of parasites and expels parasites. Helps to dissolve tumors. Good for eye, ear, nose, throat and glandular disorders. The silicon horsetail contains can benefit bone strength and could assist in preventing osteoporosis and speed healing of fractures. Selenium and silicon both help promote circulation to the scalp, and as a result, they may help prevent hair loss as an added benefit.
When taking horsetail powder for its diuretic effect, be sure to drink extra water for maximum benefit. Avoid if there are kidney stones. Not recommended while pregnant. Horsetail can be taken alone, but is often combined with nettle for bone health.
Place one tea bag in a cup and add no more than 6 oz. of boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes. Press the bag before removing to enhance the flavor. Add honey to sweeten.
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