Horsetail , also known as shavegrass, grows wild throughout much of the world and has a recorded history going back almost 350 million years ago. At that time this plant was as tall as a modern palm tree. Horsetail has brittle jointed stems that are rich in healing silica and this ancient plant is thought to be the most abundant source of silica in the entire plant kingdom. It is excellent for strengthening brittle bones, teeth, hair and nails and it can improve bone density, enhance bone flexibility, and heal fractured bones.
In an Advanced Food Healing Seminar, Jeff Primack , author of Conquering Any Disease, taught us that silica is the most important mineral for increasing bone density and it is legendary at helping broken bones heal at lightning speed. My good friend, Francie, took a serious fall so Mushroom Mama’s Happy Bones Tea was formulated to assist with her bone strengthening and recovery.
Packed with vitamin C & B-complex as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese, horsetail contains powerful anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties that are known to benefit multiple health concerns.
This silica powerhouse has been shown to strengthen the connective tissues of the brain, nerve cells and spinal cord thereby helping to improve memory. Horsetail has also been shown to be effective for those with incontinence, bladder weakness, and urinary tract infections.
Due to its ability to repair damaged skin and help form collagen, this ancient medicinal plant is also known for its anti-aging properties. Horsetail contains natural diuretic properties that may reduce edema and water retention.
Horsetail is used as a natural remedy for tonsillitis, gingivitis, canker sores, and bleeding gums. It also works incredibly well to help heal foot infections such as athlete’s foot.
Brew delicious medicinal tea by adding 1-2 teaspoons of dried horsetail to 1 cup of hot tea water and steep for 10 minutes. This tea can also be cooled and then soaked with a cloth and applied to skin for a gentle yet effective compress or used as a hair rinse, mouthwash or foot soak.
Medicinal Benefits of Horsetail:
- bone strengthening
- increases bone density
- strengthens brain connective tissue
- mouth health
- repairs damaged skin