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Field horsetail - a versatile medicinal herb in cosmetics

The field horsetail is one of the oldest and best-known domestic he...
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The field horsetail is one of the oldest and best-known domestic herbs and natural remedies in Germany. Many traders therefore sell teas, juices and various forms of dietary supplements based on this herb. However, products with field horsetail really do what they promise and can be safely consumed or are there side effects Does it make sense to collect the herb on your own and use it as a home remedy The following article shows and explains the various areas of use of field horsetail which ingredients contained therein are responsible for certain effects. It also addresses the risks associated with the use of field horsetail as a medicinal product.n.

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What is field horsetail
What is the field horsetail used for?
How do the ingredients of field horsetail affect the skin and hair?
Is horsetail healthy or harmful??

What is field horsetail

Field horsetail is an herb that comes under several names, often asHorsetail mainly known as an ancient medicinal plant. The Latin name is also used in scienceEquisetum arvenseused. It's one of several different horsetail, tooEquisetopsida called.

The plants are each around 40 to 50 cm high and wide. They essentially consist of green, bristle-like stems that are up to 5 mm wide and are heavily branched and nested, which is where the name comes fromHorsetail originates. They are mainly found on loamy, moist edges of forests and meadows, as well as on ditches and embankments. In addition, they often grow as a kind of weed in agricultural fields.

The field horsetail is originally native to the northern hemisphere, especially in northern Europe. However, the plants have been brought to many other parts of the world in the course of history, which is why they are now also found in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Horsetail has been used for centuries as a practical home remedy and medicine in naturopathy for the prevention and treatment of various diseases, especially of the urinary tract as well as the skin and joints. In addition, the field horsetail is also used in agriculture and by hobby gardeners as a tonic for plants.

What is field horsetail used for?

Field horsetail is often viewed by farmers as a weed because, as the name suggests, it is undesirably widespread in the field. On the other hand, this particular horsetail also has some beneficial properties that are quite useful for agricultural use. For example, the field horsetail forms the basis for various plant strengtheners and protects trees, shrubs and flowers from attack by pests such as lice. Sometimes field horsetail in the form of self-brewed, cooled tea is watered on various crops, such as vegetable bushes, which is supposed to protect the wood from rust and mildew.

Field horsetail, tooHorsetail called, has also been used traditionally for various medical and naturopathic purposes for centuries. Due to its diuretic effect, it is particularly popular in the treatment of various diseases of the bladder and kidneys. It is also used for weak connective tissue, edema, joint problems and rheumatism. The minerals contained are also said to have a positive effect on the strength of muscles, bones, teeth, skin, hair, fingernails and toenails, which is why field horsetail is contained in some dietary supplements. Because of its hemostatic properties, horsetail was also used in folk medicine as a natural home remedy for increased menstrual bleeding. Even the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease can be reduced by consuming horsetail. In the context of such internal applications, the field horsetail can be taken either as a tea or in the form of medicinal herb juice, tablets and capsules.

When used externally on the skin, horsetail is mainly used to support wound healing. In the case of rashes and eczema as well as insect bites, abrasions and cuts, home remedies based on horsetail, for example in the form of poultices, should contribute to faster healing. For nosebleeds, it used to be common practice to sniff chopped up horsetail to stop the bleeding.

How do the ingredients of field horsetail affect skin and hair?

Horsetail, as the field horsetail is also called, can have positive effects on the health of skin and hair both through internal consumption and through external use. It contains minerals such as potassium and magnesium as well as high amounts of silicic acid, the oxygen acids of silicon. In addition to the muscles, nerves and bones, this also strengthens the skin and hair. With the help of the ample supply of minerals and trace elements, the skin becomes more resistant and less prone to cracks, wounds and flakes. The hair is also strengthened and less easily brittle due to the high intake of magnesium and other minerals, such as those found in field horsetail. The diuretic effect of horsetail, which is partly due to the high content of potassium, detoxifies the body and promotes faster growth of hair, nails and skin cells. 

For the treatment of acute as well as chronic skin problems, field horsetail can also be helpful when applied externally. In the case of rashes, skin irritations and injuries, appropriate baths and compresses can promote healing. In the mouth and throat, field horsetail can help heal injured or irritated mucous membranes in the form of infusions. Freshly shredded horsetail has long been a popular traditional home remedy, for example for nosebleeds and open wounds, where it is simply placed on the sore spots to stop the bleeding. As it is generally considered to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it is also used for acne, whereby it also supports the quick healing of pimples. 

Is horsetail healthy or harmful??

Basically, horsetail is a health-promoting medicinal herb, which above all has many minerals and various useful properties. It relieves bleeding, aids digestion, and helps expel harmful substances from the body. Field horsetail can have a preventive or curative effect on the following diseases and ailments:

  • Cystitis
  • Kidney gravel
  • Circulatory disorders
  • stroke
  • Heart attack
  • rheumatism
  • gout
  • cancer
  • Increased menstruation
  • Epistaxis
  • Edema
  • skin rash
  • Poor wound healing
  • acne
  • Dandruff
  • brittle hair
  • brittle nails

The knowledge that horsetail can help against these ailments does not mean that a treatment with horsetail, as it is also called, is recommended or even sufficient in every case. Especially when treating symptoms that have already occurred or diagnosed diseases, a doctor or alternative practitioner should always discuss which medication is most useful.

There are no known side effects of horsetail. Nevertheless, one should not overdo it with the consumption of the diuretic tea or herbal juice from field horsetail over a longer period of time in order not to unnecessarily confuse the digestive organism. If in doubt, a medical professional can of course be asked for advice here as well.

Dangerous when using home remedies from self-collected field stalks is primarily the risk of confusion with other plants that look quite similar to the horsetail on the outside. This includes, for example, the marsh horsetail, which does not have the same healing properties on human health as field horsetail. The consumption of this plant, which is related to horsetail, should be avoided as a precaution, even if it has not been clearly proven to be harmful to humans. After all, the marsh horsetail has been shown to be poisonous to some animals, such as horses and cows. In principle, only experts should therefore dare to harvest field horsetail on their own in the wild. Leien, on the other hand, play it safe and use appropriately certified products.


The horsetail, which has been known for centuries, has some health-promoting properties, which are mainly due to the high content of various minerals. In particular, inflammation and other complaints of the bladder, kidneys and joints can be successfully treated with horsetail. The medicinal herb also serves to prevent cancer, circulatory disorders and cardiovascular diseases. The beauty and health of your skin, hair, and nails can also benefit from the occasional consumption of horsetail products. Although field horsetail grows in many meadows and fields, Leien is not advised to attempt to harvest field horsetail independently in the wild due to the risk of confusion with similar-looking plants. As a precaution, the use of horsetail as a remedy should be discussed with a doctor or alternative practitioner.

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