Horsetail is often refereed to as a “living fossil”¹. The last surviving genus of the Equisetaceae class of plants, horsetail’s ancestors are over 400 million year old. Long ago, Horsetail’s ancestors once included trees that stood at over 30 meters tall! Now Horsetail, a humble herb, stands at around two feet tall, under one meter in height. The plant’s name equisetum arvense comes from the plants unique appearance made of long bristled nonflowering branches. Equisetum, is derived from the latin roots “equus + seta” or “horse + bristle”.
Horsetail originates from a group of tall plants (over 98 feet in height) that were one of the most dominant plants during the Paleozoic era. It refers to several plants, the most known of which is Field Horsetail. This majestic is known for several healing properties. It has been used since the days of ancient Rome and Greece. Its healing properties were often used in healing wounds and ulcers, as well as to stop bleeding. It was also used as a treatment for Tuberculosis and a range of kidney problems. The Cherokee, native Americans used the herb to identify nearby sources of water². Perhaps Horsetail’s membership of the fern family is the cause of its affinity to water.
Silicon, a vital mineral, is found in high levels in Horsetail. The stems of Horsetail are 10% silica (a silicon dioxide). Silica is a mineral generally regarded for its ability to promote and grow healthy skin, bones and hair. Preparations of Horsetail are often used in cosmetics and even fine sandpaper. These same properties have even been used for centuries in cleaning pots, pans and other metal utensils.
Recent studies have been conducted on 122 Italian women that took Equisetum daily. The women were split into 2 groups one took a dry extract of horsetail and the other took Osteosil Calcium (a Supplement made of calcium and horsetail) twice daily. Both groups showed increases in bone density over the test period³.
In conclusion, Horsetail an ancient herb not only has been shown to increase bone density, it is used in a range of modern products and has been used for 1000’s of years to treat wounds and a variety disease. Potion.World has sought out the highest quality Horsetail and offers this herb’s healing potential in a powerful tea blend.
1.Equisetum. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 7 Sept. 2017, Accessed 10 Sept. 2017.
2. Erichsen-Brown, C. (1989). Medicinal and other uses of North American plants: a historical survey with special reference to the eastern Indian tribes (pp. 226-227). New York: Dover.
3.“Horsetail.” University of Maryland Medical Center, Accessed 10 Sept. 2017.