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Nature's Temple / Horsetail


(Equisetum arvense)


Horsetail is a close relative of trees that grew on the earth 270 million years ago and is a prehistoric botanical relic.  It is recorded in the herbals of Gerard (1597), Lewis Linnaeus, Culpepper and Galen.  It has been found in Chinese Literature since the Materia Medica of the Jia You Era (1016 AD) and is called mu zei.

Its brittle jointed stems are rich in healing silica and since the times of the ancient Greeks has been used for wounds and any treatment requiring large amounts of silica.

Parts Used: Dried aerial parts

Main Actions:

  • Astringent
  • Diuretic
  • Vulnerary
  • Haemostatic (a process which causes bleeding to stop, so to keep blood within a damaged blood vessel – the first stage of healing)
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Anti-tubercular properties
  • Mild to moderate anti-inflammatory activity

Active Constituents:

Soluble silicic compunds (up to 10%), flavonoids, saponins, organic acids, and traces of nicotine, palustrine and palustrinine.