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Horsetail Infusion; benefits and contraindications

by Georgia Ede
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What is it and what is it for?

Horsetail is a wild plant that grows in the form of a bush, with long stems that can reach up to 60 cm in height.

Its scientific name is Equisetum arvense and it grows in humid areas with a temperate climate, which is why it is frequently observed on the banks of rivers or swampy areas.

We must know how to distinguish it from others in its family, there are already similar varieties that are toxic and also only horsetail has the medicinal properties that have been known since ancient Greece and used in traditional medicine for centuries. You can also see here the best natural plants to lose weight .

It is a plant, considered by farmers as a weed, since it absorbs a lot of water and retains many nutrients from the soil. It has two types of stems, the fertile and the infertile, the latter are those that are collected in the summer, because they are the ones that have all the properties of the plant.

These stems are dried in the shade, tied in bundles, which will then be ground, leaving them in the powder that we know as horsetail and that we can consume in pills, infusions or we will even find it in creams and ointments.

Horsetail benefits

The benefits of horsetail were already used in ancient Greece and Rome , where both have made traditional Chinese medicine also use horsetail centuries later in its medical technique. The Greeks used it for the healing and healing of open wounds for its many benefits.

At present, various studies have been carried out to scientifically verify the benefits that this plant can provide us, and it has been concluded that it has a multitude of properties, of which we highlight the following:

On the one hand, and that is why it was used in ancient Greece, it has a powerful antibacterial and antifungal power ; that is, it acts against infections by bacteria and some fungi.

It also has an anti-inflammatory power that reduces tissue inflammation and pain sensitivity due to its calming effect.

In addition, its high tannin content makes it a good healing agent. It is also a powerful hemostatic, that is, it helps minimize bleeding and promotes blood clotting. For all these benefits, ancient civilizations used it to heal open wounds.

It is also a powerful bone and joint regenerator , helping to recover bones due to its high silicon content, and also helps calcium absorption.

It also deals with the regeneration of soft tissues, such as tendons and cartilage, which makes it especially interesting for athletes since it provides greater elasticity to their tendons, preventing possible injuries such as sprains and muscle strains.

It has antioxidant properties , which are concerned with preventing cellular oxidation, the precursor of aging.

It also has a hepatoprotective function , that is, it protects the liver and in traditional Chinese medicine it is used as an adjunct in the treatment of hepatitis.

It is a powerful diuretic that helps to eliminate retained fluids and toxins to prevent them from being deposited in the urinary tract and in the blood. For this reason it is used as a treatment for those urinary diseases that require an increase in urine production to heal, such as inflammations and infections, such as cystitis, ureitis, arthritis or episodes of gout (due to high uric acid). For uric acid problems, here is the diet to remedy this problem .

In addition to being a diuretic, it is purifying because it cleanses the body of toxins and prevents cellulite, which is why it is of great help for weight loss.

In the aesthetic field it is used for hair and nail care . Promoting growth in both and preventing hair loss.

In addition, for skin care it is also used for its antioxidant and regenerative power  due to its high content of silicon, which provides more elasticity to the skin, and gives a smoother appearance to skin damaged by the passage of time.

Its medical uses are very wide, cystitis, tonsillitis, inflammations or infections such as gingivitis, also in abscesses, osteoporosis, excessive sweating, menstrual pain, fluid retention, kidney stones, etc. As well as in aesthetics to lose weight, for cellulite , hair loss, acne, wrinkles, stretch marks, nail stains or brittle nails.

Where can I find her? How should I consume it?

Today it is easy to find horsetail, since it is marketed in different forms, pills, infusions, creams and ointments. We can find infusions in supermarkets, and even in large stores in the parapharmacy section we will find pills of natural horsetail extracts.

In herbalists or herbalists we will find the natural ground horsetail, to prepare the infusions or baths ourselves. In addition, we can also buy the natural extract to make our creams, or we can directly buy ointments or creams already prepared.

As we have said before, there are different ways to consume horsetail, and it all generally depends on the intended use of it.

  • If it is for weight loss or for diseases of the urinary tract or fluid retention , the best use is infusions because we will provide liquid to the body, but also natural extract pills can help us. You can see here the best infusions of medicinal plants.  
  • If it is for wounds or skin problems it is advisable to use creams or ointments , in the case of hair we will use shampoo and lotions . For local applications, we can make steam baths with powdered horsetail and make sitz baths , that is, put the part to soak. (Not advisable in wounds, since we would moisten them and delay their healing.

Do you have contraindications?

Horsetail, consumed in excess can be harmful to health if we consume it for a long time. It can cause fever, headache, loss of appetite, heart rhythm disturbances, or muscle weakness; among others. Therefore, we must exercise extreme caution and not consume high amounts for more than 6 weeks in a row.

If we consume a daily infusion it will not put our body at risk, but if we abuse it, it can be toxic.

We always recommend consulting a medical specialist about its consumption when you have previous illnesses. But we must be especially careful in the following cases:

Diseases such as chronic kidney failure or heart failure . If you suffer from heartburn , gastritis or stomach ulcers , as well as heart disease or low blood pressure (hypotension) or type II diabetes . If you have low potassium, alcohol problems, or vitamin b1 deficiency.

Its consumption is not advisable for pregnant women, lactating women, or children. You should also be especially careful if you are undergoing treatment with any medication because it can reduce its effects or produce alterations , as is the case with laxative medications, as well as anti-inflammatories or aspirin or nicotine patches.

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