Horsetail / Shavegrass - Cut, Organic

Herbs: Horsetail (Shavegrass) - Cut, Organic

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Common Names: Horsetail, shavegrass
Latin Name: Equisetum arvense.
Origin: Albania/Croatia

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

  • An all-purpose herb that is good for the whole body.
  • Heavy in silica; strengthens fingernails and hair, especially good for split ends.
  • Helps body utilize and hold calcium; used in herbal calcium combinations.
  • Good for eye, ear, nose, throat and glandular disorders.

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

Horsetail (shavegrass) has found many uses through the ages, most of which can be traced in some way to its very high silica content. Maud Grieve writes that, “the epidermis contains so much silica that bunches of the stem have been sold for polishing metal and used to be imported from Holland for the purpose, hence the popular name of Scouring Rushes.”

Its high mineral content, astringency and effect on the urinary and circulatory systems gained it high regard among the old herbalists as a wound healing herb.

Silicon is an essential element in the manufacture of collagen, the matrix material that holds the body together. It gives elasticity and suppleness to the skin, and contributes flexibility and strength to the bones, hair, and nails. Horsetail can be thought of as an “internal cosmetic,” building beauty from the inside out.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Horsetail is considered to be a diuretic and astringent.

The major action of horsetail is as a urinary tract astringent and diuretic. These properties are produced by a combination of tannins and flavonoids present in the herb. Folk medicine refers to the ability of horsetail to tone organs of the urinary tract and soothe the bladder. This is best explained by the herb’s ability to tighten the inflamed epithelial tissues with tannins and purge the urinary tract of toxins by diuresis. Concurrently, the flavonoids present in horsetail exert a spasmolytic action on the smooth muscles to ease the painful spasm often associated with urinary tract infections.

In spite of the unproven claims associated with the herb, horsetail is unique among the herbs because it does contain the highest amount of silicon of all the herbs and this silicon is in a bioavailable form. This property makes horsetail popular in skeletal strengthening formulas.

Contains bitter compounds that increase the production of urine and shrink inflamed mucosal tissue, particularly the prostate. Horsetail is most noted for its trace mineral profile as it is an excellent herbal source of bioavailable silicon, calcium, magnesium, chromium, iron, manganese, and potassium.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use it often in tea and tincture combinations pertaining to any female problems, urinary tract infections, bed wetting, etc. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies.
  • Few things will have a greater impact on the health of your hair and fingernails than Horsetail. Whether you are dealing with split ends or weak and thin nails, consuming Horsetail regularly will have noticeable results.
  • Horsetail should not be taken long term or in large amounts without ample consideration and research, as it may increase estrogen levels.
  • It is not recommended to use Horsetail during pregnancy.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Horsetail should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
  • Do drink plenty of water while using it internally.

Customer Reviews

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My nails love this
by Gwyn on Feb 21, 2014

I am amazed at how great this herb works. I was taking a folic acid supplement and with no results. I've been putting the horsetail in my tea everyday and the results are great. So happy about this herb and so much better for me than a store bought supplement.

hair and nails problems
by celia younger on Dec 1, 2013

Some times problems with nails and hair is due to lack of some minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc calcium etc..

    Re: hair and nails problems
    by Bulk Herb store on Dec 5, 2013

    Your correct in that a tincture is more potent than a tea but a tea is also very nutritious as well. Although not as strong, you would still be getting the benefits from drinking the tea.

herbs or plats for infertility
by celia younger on Dec 1, 2013

Please, I need to know if you have herbs or supplement that help to treat or helps with infertility ? Please help and let me know.

    Re: herbs or plants for infertility
    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 9, 2013

    Hello, I would recommend taking a look at our book and DVD series; Making Babies, and you might want to try the Berry Herbal Brew. Also Red Raspberry has been used to help increase infertility in men and women. However if you are not taking it consistently before you get pregnant it may cause miscarriage. Thanks!

by Beverly Stycos on Dec 1, 2013

Hi there,

I have shavegrass tea, which I purchased not knowing it's attributes. Can you tell me if drinking one or two cups daily will make a difference to may hair thickness and growth? I know a tincture is more potent, but I am hoping the tea might be of benefit too.



horsetail for hair
by Nadine on Sep 16, 2013

Hi, I would like to know what is the best way to take horsetail shavegrass for hair and nails? As a tea, tincture, or some other form. Thanks.

    Re: horsetail for hair
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 17, 2013

    You could take the powder in capsules or smoothies and take the cut in tea's or make a tincture. You get to decide! Thanks!

Vitamin tincture
by Rachel R. on Aug 5, 2013

I'm wanting to make a vitamin tincture for myself for after I give birth here in a couple weeks -
I'm planning to combine raspberry leaf, rose hips, chamomile, oat straw, and alfalfa. Could I also add nettle and horsetail?

    Re: Vitamin tincture
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 9, 2013

    Yes, you can add those in your tincture mix!

by Alan on Jul 27, 2013

Can i combine nettle with horsetail in an infusion ?

    Re: Horsetail
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 2, 2013

    Yes, you can combine these two herbs for an infusion! Thanks!

Adding horsetail grass to henna for hair
by Goldie on Jul 5, 2013

Hi, I was wondering if horsetail grass would be beneficial for hair externally? I occasionally henna my hair but it leaves my fine hair kind of dry. So I look for ways to henna my hair and also keep it in good shape.


    Re: Adding horsetail grass to henna for hair
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 19, 2013

    Absolutely! You can make it as a paste or just rinse through your hair. Thanks!

Lifesaver for hair and nails!
by Allison on Aug 12, 2012

I am topping my daily salads with 2 Tbsps Horsetail and 1/2 Tbsp Kelp and have noticed a tremendous difference in the health of my hair and nails! In just over 6 weeks of use, I am amazed by the difference. My fine and thinning hair is getting fuller with more body and shine!

I love using herbs!
by Karyn on Jan 31, 2011

Dear Bulk Herb Store,

My 3 year old daughter somehow got a urinary tract infection and I was determined I was going to help her with herbs and NO ANTIBIOTICS. So I researched this topic on your website and saw that shavegrass was one of the herbs that will cure it. I said "Great!", since I had that on hand and already made into a tincture (thanks to Shoshana's tincture recipes). I started right away, Saturday evening giving her two dropper fulls into a swallow of juice. Sunday I gave her this about 4-5 times throughout the day, by evening she had no more discomfort. I was so excited! Think about it, it took one day to get rid of it with herbs, and if she would have gone on antibiotics it would have taken much longer and a nuisance for her to take it for a 7-10 day span.

Thinning Hair
by Maria on Jul 28, 2009

I started using horsetail for my thinning hair. Although I did not notice startling results at first. The one thing it did do quickly grow my hair faster and on the sides it was thicker. The second thing I noticed was my face became so clear to the point that my skin was illuminating even the skin on my shoulders and legs seemed brighter.

Good for Hair & Nails
by Michelle on Mar 12, 2009

I first read about horsetail from this website. I have always had really thin, delicate hair and wanted to try something natural to help. I bought a little bag of horsetail and sprinkled some on my
daily salads. I didn't notice it helping my hair, but my brittle nails. I'd never been able to grow strong and healthy nails - they would always break. Now, when I use the horsetail fairly often (whether in salad or soup or as a tea) I can grow my nails not just long, but hard and healthy! I now use a leave-in conditioner for my hair that has horsetail in it and I have noticed a difference in the feel of my hair because of it.

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