Common Horsetail

Common Horsetail

Equisetum arvense 

Also known as Field horsetail, bottlebrush, foxtail, meadow pine, shave grass, snake grass. 

DISTRIBUTION: Throughout the northern hemisphere and in parts of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 

DESCRIPTION: The plant measures approximately 30 to 40 centimetres and is preferably found in moist and loamy soils and meadows. Its green shoots are abundantly branched, which gives them the appearance of small pine trees. 

APPLICATION: The common horsetail is one of the oldest plants in history. 350 million years ago it covered huge forests along with ferns. Already during the antiquity, it was well appreciated as a natural source of silica in the field of medicine. Dioskurides, the most famous Greek pharmacologist of the antiquity, praised its ability to stop bleeding, used it to heal wounds and treat rheumatism and gout. 

EFFECT: Horsetail is also used in cosmetics due to high contents of Silica. It strengthens the connective tissue, promotes circulation and metabolism, boosts the immune system and has a decongestive effect. Along with the antioxidant benefits of antiaging and the anti-inflammatory benefits for acne and irritation, horsetail extract has other skin benefits. Applied to the skin, it can help heal rashes, burns and wounds thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It has healing and calming properties and strengthens the hair whilst giving a healthier glow.