Horsetail is a plant of the Equisetaceae family. Its scientific name " Equisetum arvense " derives from the Latin equus : horse and saeta: bristle, horsehair, because the adult plant resembles the tail of the horse and in fact is also known by the name "horsetail"; arvense derives from arvum : field, in relation to the fact that the plant grows in rural areas. It is the only plant descended from giant plants similar to ferns and is an organism whose presence has been attested already in the Paleozoic era (345 million years ago).


Its beneficial properties have been known since ancient times. It is said that 5000 years ago the Sumerians used it to treat edema and wounds suffered in battle. It was also used for common uses such as cleaning casseroles and works of wood and metal.


Very ancient medicinal plant, known by the pharmacists of the Middle Ages, the properties of the Horsetail are known even before. Its shape recalls the bone structure and consequently its activity on the bone tissue.

  • Diuretic and purifying
  • Remineralizing
  • Hemostatic
  • Elasticizer (for external use)

Horsetail carries out a very important remineralizing action for the whole organism. Rich in salicylic acid which helps to increase the elasticity of the tissues by carrying out an excellent healing and astringent action. It is a very powerful diuretic and purifying, in fact it increases the volume of urine in case of water retention; it has an anti-haemorrhagic action in case of haemorrhages of any kind (haemorrhages from ulcers, too abundant menstruation, haemorrhoidal and uterine haemorrhages and epistaxis). It also has particular hematopoietic properties, that is, it is able to stimulate the production of red and white blood cells, very useful in case of infections and diseases in progress. Very useful in case of water retention and cellulite, osteoporosis, weak hair and nails, stretch marks and dehydrated skin.


The high content of sulfuric salts and silica makes this plant very useful as a pesticide, to defend other plants from the attack of fungal diseases.

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