Horsetail is a common reed that grows all over the world around creeks, swampy areas, and in the mountains. Horsetail reed has many health benefits that are powerful... and some say it’s the most commonly used herb in the world. 

Horsetail can lower blood glucose within 1 to 2 hours... and it can be taken over a period of 1 to 2 months. Horsetail is a great diuretic and will help flush out toxins and uric acid kidney stones too. If you have gout and have high uric acid you might be forming kidney stones and a little Horsetail tea can help flush them out. And studies show that Horsetail tea is good for bedwetting, urinary incontinence and for what some call a weakened bladder... also works well for bladder and kidney infections.

Horsetail is great for colds, flues, fevers, nasal congestion and for opening up the lungs. And Horsetail tea is great as a gargle for sore throats, tonsillitis, and even for inflamed gums. Plus Horsetail is a good antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory agent making it important for healing skin sores, rashes, boils, and burns. 

Horsetail has been used in China for foot problems such as fungal infections, Athlete’s Foot, and other inflammatory conditions such as chilblains. Soaking your feet in Horsetail can get rid of redness, inflammation, blisters, and even dry cracked skin.

Horsetail is great for Edema... helping to get rid the body of excess water and because it contains lots of vitamins and minerals it also helps to replace the minerals lost while getting rid of excess water. And many studies have shown that Horsetail is a good diuretic, and because it’s a good diuretic it can also lower blood pressure.

Horsetail works wonders for gastritis and hyperacidity and also for those suffering from ulcers. And Horsetail is commonly used for arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Horsetail works well for hemorrhoids... drinking a glass of Horsetail tea and eating lots of high fiber foods will take away the inflammation which leads to pain... and the fiber keeps you regular.

Horsetail contains a lot of silica that’s very important for good memory, hard nails, strong and beautiful looking hair... and for strengthening brittle bones (osteoporosis).

And some studies have shown that Horsetail can prevent the accumulation of LDL cholesterol and thus helping to prevent heart disease. And many studies have shown that Horsetail works well for preventing benign prostatic hyperplasia... and also works well for preventing breast cancer... and cancer in general. 

Horsetail is great for stress and anxiety because it’s mildly sedative... and also stops convulsions. 

Horsetail contains lots of good silica, manganese, potassium, saponins and also great flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants. No wonder Horsetail is one of the most commonly used herbs in the world.

You can find Horsetail in the wild, go to your local health food store, or order it on-line.

Paul Haider - Master Herbalist

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