Horsetail planet :
Horsetail is an evergreen plant belonging to the species Equisetum. At least 15 different species of Equisetum are found worldwide, and ponytails are often used to describe the whole group. In general, the upper part of this plant is used to make medicine. Horsetail is a commonly used species in medicine. This plant can be grown in moist and sandy soils and in temperate climates of the northern hemisphere such as Asia, North America and Europe.
This plant has two distinct types of roots. The first root grows in early spring and is similar to asparagus, but this root is brown and the cone contains spores. The adult horsetail plant grows in summer and has thin, green roots that resemble horsetail.
Chemical composition of horsetail:
Horsetail plant contains salicylic acid, leucic acid, malic acid, oxalic acid, equis tunin, equistic acid, dimethyl sulfone, ecotinick, a bitter substance, a resin substance, fat, saponin and also has A large amount (about 70%) is silica. For this reason it is also known as Silica.
Horsetail is used in traditional medicine to treat brittle nails, hair loss, tuberculosis, rheumatic diseases, gout and to improve heavy menstrual bleeding, nosebleeds, lungs and stomach. Horsetail is used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasm, diuretic to expel kidney and bladder stones, as well as to heal wounds and burns. This plant has a cold nature. Another common use of horsetail extract is to strengthen and moisturize brittle nails. Applying a solution of horsetail extract on the nails causes better blood supply to the site and as a result more oxygen and nutrients reach the nails. The siliceous compounds in this extract have keratolytic properties and cause the destruction of dead skin tissue cells. Therefore, damaged, brittle and grooved nails are restored and their strength and re-shine are provided, so that in a short period of time, freshness and nail growth appear. Studies have shown that using the extract of this plant can even solve the problems caused by psoriasis on the nails. Also, today, the use of this plant in some industries as a natural raw material has been considered.
How to use horsetail plant :
Herbal tea: Pour a tablespoon of dried plant jam in a glass of boiling water and infuse for 10 minutes.
Decoction: Pour 100-80 grams of dried plant in a liter of boiling water and let it boil for half an hour. Then strain it and drink about a cup before each meal.
Contraindications: Remember that natural products are not always safe and the dosage, method of consumption and their interaction with other foods and drugs are very important. If you have a disease or are in a special situation, be sure to consult your doctor before taking herbs daily.