Horsetail Aerials (Shavegrass)
Horsetail, scientifically known as Equisetum arvense, is a perennial herbaceous plant that has been used for various purposes in traditional medicine such as urinary tract and bone/hair/nail health plus it may assists in wound healing.
Horsetail is often used to support urinary tract health. It is believed to have diuretic properties, meaning it may increase urine production and help flush out toxins from the body. It is sometimes used for conditions such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
It may also aid bone health and osteoporosis as it contains high silica content which is important for bone health. It is believed to aid in the absorption of calcium and contribute to the formation and maintenance of healthy bones. Some studies suggest that horsetail may help prevent or slow down the progression of osteoporosis, a condition characterised by weak and brittle bones. Also, due to its high silica content, horsetail is sometimes used to support healthy hair and nails. Silica is a component of collagen, which is essential for the strength and structure of hair and nails.
Horsetail has been used topically to promote wound healing and skin health. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help soothe skin irritations and aid in the healing process of wounds, cuts, and burns.
Also, as Equisetum arvense has anti-inflammatory effects, it may help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms associated with conditions like arthritis and gout.