Botanical Name: Equisetum arvense
- English: Horsetail
- Also, known as: Shavegrass, Horse pipes, Horsetail, Horsetail grass, Horsetail rush, Horse willow, Hvoshtsh, Jeinsol, Jointed rush, Kannenkraut, Kattestaart, Kilkah asb, Kloelfting, Koniogon, Kosa tiruma, Krypfraken, Librus, Macho, Mare’s tail, Meadow pine, Acker-schachtelhalm, acherschachtelhalm, ager-padderokke, Akersnelle,Akerfräken, Ackerschachtelhalm, Dhanab al khail, Dhanab el khayl, Dhanab et faras, Dutch rushes, Equiseto menor, Equiseto dei boschi, Equiseto dei campi, Equisette, Equisetto, Erva carnuda, False horse-tail, Field horsetail, Foxtail, Akkerpaardestaart, At kuyrugi, Baimbap, At quyroughi, Belcho, Bottlebrush, Brusca, Cauda de cavalo, Chieh hsu ts’ao, Coada calului, Coda cavallina, Coda equine, Cola de caballo, Common horsetail, Corn horsetail, Gongbangcho, Heermoes, Horse-pipe, Moeraspaardestaart, Mokjeok, Moonhyung, Scouring rush, Shvita, Snake grass, Soettgi, Soksae, Sugina, Toadpipe, Tolkatshnik, Tomahwang, Tsukushi, Vara de oro, Wen ching, Western horsetail, Paddockpipes, Peltokorte, Pest’shi, Petite prele, Pewterwort, Pildoochae, Pildooyeup, Pine grass, Pinetop, Polevaja sosenka, Prele, Prele des champs, Poldosi, Queue de cheval, Queue de rat, Queue de renard, Rabo de cavalo, Rasperella, Ravrumpa, Zinngras, Zinnkraut, Bottlebrush, and Ashwa-puchha
Habitat: Europe, Asia and North America
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Stems
Equisetum arvense, is among the many species of Horsetail, is an herbaceous perennial root-stock and rhizome which can extend to 2 meters below ground. Two kinds of annual stems are produced from this root-stock: fertile and barren. The separate sterile, non-reproductive and fertile spore-bearing stems growing from a perennial underground rhizomatous steam system. The fertile stem appears after the snow thaws. The fertile stems are produced in early spring and are non-photosynthetic, while the green sterile stems start to grow after the fertile stems have wilted and persist through the summer until the first autumn frosts. This pencil-thick fruiting stem is unbranched and grows to a height of around 12-15 cm; it is pale brown to reddish in color. The stems bear a characteristic brownish-colored, terminal cone-shaped catkins containing whorls of the closely packed palate on which the sporophylls are to be found. At the nodes or joints of the stem, the sheaths are to be found which can grow to a length of up to 2 cm and bear between six to twelve blackish-brown teeth or tips. As soon as the fertile stem withers, a pale green, barren frond appears in the same place, which can grow to a height of 40 cm. Unlike the fruiting stem, whorls of four or five-winged side branches arise from the internodes of the barren stem. The barren stem is furrowed and rough on the surface, this roughness is due to deposits of silicic acid inside the stem.
The plant grows in sand and gravel, along roadsides and railway tracks and in wet places. The Indians and Mexicans used the stems for scouring pots; can also be used for polishing hardwood, ivory, and brass. The name "horsetail", often used for the entire group, arose because the branched species somewhat resemble a horse's tail.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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