Field Horsetail: Effects And Uses

Horsetail is known for its diuretic effect, but it can do a lot more. This medicinal herb has numerous health-promoting properties that can be used internally and externally. 

Field horsetail: effects and uses

Field horsetail  is a medicinal plant with many medicinal and therapeutic properties. It has anti-inflammatory effects, helps with injuries, has diuretic properties and can also be used in cosmetics against skin aging. Today you will learn more about this versatile medicinal plant.

Another common name for field horsetail is horsetailThis plant grows in fields and on the edges of meadows and prefers moist, loamy soils. The prehistoric horsetails were up to 30 m high! Today this plant is only 30 – 50 cm tall and can be found on all continents.

It is characterized by numerous health benefits, which we introduce to you today.

Interesting facts about field horsetail

Field horsetail

The horsetail is anchored in the ground with a branched rhizome and sprouts in spring.

The main properties of this medicinal plant include the following:

  • Skin regenerating properties
  • High concentration of vitamins E and D.
  • Proteins and amino acids (basic for the production of ointments and antiaging creams)
  • Strong cleaning properties
  • Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Helps you lose weight

Chemical composition

This medicinal plant is characterized by a combination of chemical elements that are of great benefit for various health ailments:

  • Minerals: silicon, manganese, aluminum and potassium.
  • Phytonutrients: saponins, phytosterols, phenolic acid, caffeic acid, alkaloid, tannins and bioflavonoids

Field horsetail and its health benefits

Wound healing by field horsetail

This medicinal herb is used for a wide variety of ailments, then we will tell you some of them.

Better wound healing

  • Field horsetail promotes the healing of open wounds and is therefore particularly recommended if the wound healing takes longer than normal. The tannins (proteins) it contains  support tissue regeneration. 
  • This medicinal herb has an astringent effect and has no known negative effects on the skin.

Antibacterial and antifungal effects

A study shows that essential horsetail oil inhibits the reproduction and spread of bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella.

Its effectiveness has also been proven in the fight against fungi such as Candida albicans.

Soothing and anti-inflammatory properties

The ingredients of the field horsetail work against  inflammation of the tissue caused by a blow or trauma. 

Applications in cosmetics

Field horsetail

You already know the various uses and benefits of this medicinal herb, but you can also benefit from it for your beauty.  Horsetail is recommended for skin, nails and hair!

For hair and nails:

  • Field horsetail can be used to care for the hair and promote hair growth.
  • Due to its antifungal properties, the herb is also excellent for the nails. You can use it to nourish the cuticles and strengthen the nails. 

For beautiful skin:

  • The silica contained in this herb  promotes cell function and therefore stimulates the regeneration of the skin. 
  • Vitamin D and E keep the skin young and elastic.

Contraindications and interactions

Field horsetail is a very useful medicinal herb that serves well in both medicine and beauty, but you should be careful when taking medication to avoid drug interactions. See your doctor for advice.

You shouldn’t take horsetail for more than  6 weeks continuously, because the body can become resistant and then the herb loses its effectiveness. 

In excess, this herb causes discomfort in the digestive tract and mucous membranes. If you are allergic to  pasture or aspirin, you should also avoid horsetail or at least be very careful. 

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