Horsetail (Shavgrass) Powder, organic

Herbs: Horsetail (Shavegrass) - Powder Organic

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

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 its ability 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 it 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, it 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.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • As a powder, we use Horsetail in tincture combinations and capsules for any female problems, urinary tract infections, bed wetting, etc. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. Except as a tea, as powders are not normally used in tea combinations.
  • 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 it regularly will have noticeable results.
  • Do drink plenty of water while using it internally.
  • 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.

Customer Reviews

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Can I take this while breastfeeding?
by Jen on Aug 19, 2013

Hi, I seen that its not for pregnant women, an I'm wondering if its okay to take while nursing?

    Re: Can I take this while breastfeeding?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 20, 2013

    It's not recommended. Horsetail is a diuretic and a blood thinner so you want to be careful.

Helps 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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