Updated: Feb 8
Horsetail is a common weed found in almost every backyard, in an uncut or an unmaintained lawn. As with most weeds, they're often overlooked as something that just needs to be thrown away, however, few people know how majestic this weed is and how beneficial it can be to your health.
Horsetail has been on the planet since the time the dinosaurs were on the Earth. Their fossils have been dated to around 350 million years ago. In that time horsetail grew to be well over 30 metres high. Nowadays the most common form of horsetail only grows to about less than a metre high.
Horsetail is known by different names such as bottlebrush in scour brush which was typically named because of its uses in cleaning dishes and it's course gritty like features.
Horsetail is typically found near Wetlands or moist soil. As a matter of fact, you're most likely to find it in the part of your lawn which seems to hold the water for long periods of time, so perhaps an area which is trodden and stays filled with rain puddles for the longest.
Horsetail is well-known fungicide due to is pathogenic and antifungal qualities. You can simply add horsetail with onions, garlic, bring to a boil, dilute this in the water ready to spray your vegetation. The antifungal qualities to prevent fungus and repels insects and bugs.
150 gm of chopped horsetail
1 large onion
1 bulb of garlic
1 tblsp of oil
1 litre of water
Chop all the herbs, and onions and garlic.
Boil 1 litre of water and add all the chopped ingredients with the oil.
Cook on low flame for 15 minutes.
Filter, cool and store in glass jar.
For using as fungicide
1 part of the infusion diluted with 5 parts of water.
Other Benefits of Horsetail
Horsetail is not just a great fungicide, there are other uses that are worth the mention like:
Urinary Tract and kidney help
1. Bio-available Silica
Horsetail is well sought after because of its bioavailable silica content, which is a substance that is used for elasticity and connective tissue. Silica is used for bodily cell repair and it also reduces mucus due to its astringent qualities, by way of contracting blood vessels and blood tissues. This is why it is key in the production of bone cells and joints and if you look at the horsetail closely you'll see that it actually resembles bones and joints on the human body. I find it's not uncommon for nature to give us clues as to what plants can be used for based on their appearance.
2. Urinary tract and kidney help
Horstail is an internationally recognised medicinal herb for urinary tract infections. This because of its astringent and healing qualities. It is also a diuretic which helps the body regulate urine. Therefore it helps the body remove toxins by increasing the flow of urination.
3. Wound Healing
Due to the silica content which is a natural cell repair, horsetail is exemplified for healing wounds quicker and promoting white blood cells to help fight off infection. The astringent effects also help prevent swelling and fluid retention.
4. Hair Benefits
The silica content within horsetail makes it a perfect herbal remedy for hair growth and strengthening. Silica promotes the bodily production of collagen and collagen is what we need to grow hair and nails. Horsetail can be made into a tea, once cooled it can be applied on the hair after washing. Furthermore, it can be taken as a tea to gain the bioavailable silica content within horsetail.