Horsetail is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and in particular - silicon, which is highly important for the good condition of hair, skin and nails. Horsetail extracts help in maintaining the proper functioning of the urinary system and soothe skin irritations. How do they work and what else can you do with the horsetail?
Origin of Horsetail
Already in ancient times the beneficial effects of horsetail teas were used in traditional medicine. Traditional, herbal medicine uses the horsetail herb, which is rich in substances such as flavonoids, organic acids, saponins, alkaloids, phytosterol, and phenolic acids. In addition, as much as 10% of the horsetail herb consists of mineral salts, among which the high content of silica, flavonoids and potassium salts is important in terms of health.
Benefits of Horsetail
The multidirectional action of horsetail herb results from the interaction of many active substances included in it. Due to the high content of flavonoids, horsetail has diuretic properties and removes excess urate from the body. Due to the high content of silicon, regular drinking of infusions of horsetail herb strengthens hair and nails, and extract from this plant should be used for compresses for sores, burns, bruises and hard-healing wounds. The active substances of horsetail not only support the regeneration of damaged tissues but also seal blood vessels and prevent swelling.
The active substances contained in the horsetail herb are astringent and have regenerating properties related to the skin condition skin. They also have properties that increase the epidermis’s resistance to harmful environmental factors. Silicon compounds improve the elasticity of the epidermis, connective tissue and mucous membranes.
Especially people with mild urinary tract dysfunction should reach for horsetail herb tea. Herbal infusions of this plant are used as an auxiliary agent in the prevention of oedema and in conditions resulting from water and electrolyte retention in the body.
Regular drinking of horsetail tea is also recommended for some skin conditions that result from the accumulation of harmful metabolic products. Horsetail also improves the condition of the skin, hair and nails - in this aspect anyone can use it. In addition, horsetail preparations can also be used as supplements dealing with the deficiency of magnesium, potassium and some microelements in the body.
How to use horsetail herb?
Horsetail herb is used primarily internally - in the form of easy-to-prepare herbal teas. Only regular drinking of infusions for several weeks gives visible effects. Horsetail herb decoctions can also be used externally (baths, compresses) - this results in accelerated wound healing and skin irritation and improved skin condition.