(Equisetum arvense)


Article by Kaniz F. Shah


Botanical Name: Equisetum arvense
English Name:  horsetail, shavegrass
Hindi Name:   
Popular Name(s): horsetail
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: equisetopsida
Order: equisetales
Family: equisetaceae
Genus: equisetum
Species: e. arvense
Parts Used: leaves
Habitat: Arctic, north hemisphere
Height: 10-90cm.
Effect / Energy:   
Extraction method:  
Oil blends with:  


Silicon (10%), potassium


    anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, Anodyne, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-septic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, vulnerary,galactogogue, hemostatic, nervine

Plant Description:

Horse tail is a plant dating back over 300 million years. It is a very strong plant that can push up through stone patios breaking them apart. it contains one of the highest amounts of silica of all known herbs. Silica or silicon is the second most abundant element on earth after oxygen and makes up a quarter of the earths crust. compounds of silicon are found in all natural waters and in many plants and animals.
The high silicone content reduces the impact of moisture and is used in farming to prevent excessive water around plants.
Also due to the high silica content in horsetail, it is used as a buffing agent for metals (like pewter), wood and even shoes.

Health Benefits of Horsetail:

  • Ligament, Tendon, Bone Function:

    It contains silicone, which is vital for good skin ligaments, tendons and bone function because it helps strengthen connective tissue and fixes calcium in the body so that the body can store more of it, which can also help with arthritis and osteoporosis problems.
  • Digestive & Respiratory Disorders:

    It is also used in kidney and urinary tract problems, gout, deep lung damage like tuberculosis, bleeding ulcers and hemorrhoids.
  • Healing to the skin:

    It is applied to the skin to treat wounds and burns. In Chinese medicine it is used to cool down fevers and inflammation (including conjunctivitis).
  • Blood disorders:

    It helps with anemia, heavy menstrual bleeding, oedema (menopausal).

Horsetail for the Skin & Hair:

  • Promotes new cells:

    It can be used to help strengthen connective tissue and skin cells and is useful for psoriasis and eczema suffers as it is thought to promote new skin cell production.
  • Strengthens the hair and nails:

    Horsetail is ideal for strengthening the nails due to its high silica content. It also keeps your hair strong and healthy and has been used to prevent balding.
  • Natural Soap:

    It is also high in saponins and can be used as a natural soap
  • Helps stop bleeding and reduces cystitis:

    This helps with acne and other skin conditions.


This article is for informational purpose only. Horsetail is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.


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