HORSETAIL (Equisetum arvense)
Dating back to prehistoric times, the herb Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is extremely rich in silica and one of the few plants capable of absorbing minerals from the earth, making it a go to herb for the hair, skin and nails. As a hair tonic, Horsetail can strengthen, nourish and revive dull or damaged hair and aid in treating dandruff. When massaged into the scalp it can stimulate the hair follicles and improve circulation. Some herbalists even believe Horsetail promotes hair growth.
Not only is this exceptional herb used for the hair and skin, but it can also aid in supporting both the urinary and musculo-skeletal systems. Its toning and astringent actions make it great for the treatment of incontinence, bladder and urinary tract infections. Horsetail is a nutritive restorative which means it can help rebuild muscles, bones, joints and other connective tissue.
So our recommendation is to keep an eye out for that Horsetail. It often grows near a water source and is best harvested in the summer and early fall, though its young spring stalks can be eaten (like asparagus). If wildcrafting, be sure to gather from places that you trust are free from pesticides. It only takes a couple days to dry and can then be ground and stored for later use. Horsetail is wonderful in many forms like a tea for ingestion, gargling or rinsing, as well as a tincture or oil infusion. We use it in our Horsetail Hair Tonic.
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Tip: Pull the needles from the reeds and grind separately, you'll thank us later;)