Horsetail was traditionally used to stop the bleeding of wounds and promote rapid healing. It is a good spring cleaning detoxification herb. Parts used are the whole plant. When collecting Horsetail it is important to gather the right variety (Equisetum palustre is poisonous). Horsetail contains the highest amounts of Silica (5-8%) of all known herbs. In addition to Silica, Horsetail contains large amounts of potassium as well as starch and many fatty acids and 5% saponins
Equisetum maximum Lam
Often called the ‘Beauty Herb’, Horsetail is considered to strengthen connective tissue and skin
Horsetail is clarifying; is astringent and it closes the pores
Horsetail stimulates the production of new skin cells when used to treat eczema
Because of its high silica content the whole plant is used as an abrasive
A strong Decoction is used externally for Baths, Foot Baths and Compresses
As Horsetail has a high Silica content, it is excellent for adding strength, thickness and shininess to hair
Which products to use it in
Use in a Compress for sores, psoriasis, eczema, chilblains and varicose veins. It will soothe and reduce itchiness
The herb can be ground to produce an abrasive powder that is used to remove tartar on the teeth
A strong Decoction of Horsetail can be added to Shampoo recipes to add strength, thickness and shine to hair
Make a decoction by boiling the horsetail herb for at least 20 minutes
Can be added to Creams, Lotions, Gels, Baths, Shampoos, Hair Rinses, and Shower Gels etc.
Add Horsetail to a Hair Rinse and use regularly for an effective tonic against dandruff
Water or oil-soluble?
Can I add it to ready-made products?
No, but the grinded herb can be used as an exfoliating agent
Storage and Shelf Life
2-3 years. Store in the dark and keep dry
Horsetail herb can be used as a decoction in skin rejuvenation creams, lotions, baths etc.
You can also combine the silica in Horsetail with Zinc Powder for psoriasis prone skin
For Nail Care combine silica powder with D-Panthenol as this helps to strengthen brittle nails