Horsetail is a perennial plant. It lives at least two years. Horsetail leaves are considered a weed because it spreads quickly. It can move through an area of land very fast. For example, it can be hard to finish it if it’s in your garden. The horsetail plant is like a fern. It has hollow, pointed stems and scaly leaves. Horsetail grows to be about 13 inches tall. It grows wild in northern Europe and North and Central America, as well as in other moist places with temperate climates. It has a long, green, densely branched stem that grows from spring to fall.
Only the green leaves of the plant are used for alternative medicine purpose. Horsetail is regularly consumed in the form of tea, which is made by steeping the dried herb in hot water. It’s also available in capsule and tincture form.
What are the Side Effects of Horsetail Leaves?
Horsetail leaves are not recommended for long-term use. The side effects associated with short-term use of horsetail are typically mild and include stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and increased urination.
What are the Benefits of Drinking Horsetail Tea?
- Treat fluid retention.
- Help with weight loss.
- Treat urinary infections.
- Decrease blood pressure.
- Maintain bone health.
- Improve the appearance of skin and fingernails.
- Eliminate fungi and bacteria.
It is helpful to stop bleeding, heal ulcers and wounds, and treat tuberculosis and kidney problems. It can also help to repair bone fractures, build cartilage for stronger joints, boost calcium absorption by the bones and even strengthen the connection between the jawbone and teeth.
Because of its silica content, horsetail is also useful when trying to stimulate hair growth. The herb rejuvenates your hair, adding sheen to the appearance and strength to the hair shafts.
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