Horsetail

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Horsetail

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Horsetail is edible when it first emerges from the soil before leaves sprout on stalk. After the stalk darkens in colour and starts to have leaf shoots from the circular ribs it is no longer edible yet becomes medicinal!

As horsetail absorbs the minerals from the soil surrounding it you want to ensure that the water or soil it is growing in or near is organic and not polluted.

Nutrients & Qualities in Horsetail:

Horsetail has manganese, calcium, iron, flavonoids, caffeic acid esters, saponins, tannins, alkaloids, fatty acids, phytosterols, glycosides, phenolic acids, aconitic acid, *equisetic acid and silica.

*Equisetic acid which is a heart and nerve sedative. If taken in abnormally high doses can be poisonous.

Medicinal Qualities & Uses:

  • anti-aging,
  • anti-wrinkle,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • antibacterial,
  • antimicrobial,
  • antioxidant,
  • coagulant,
  • demulcent,
  • diuretic,
  • astringent
  • anemia,
  • arthritis, brittle bone,
  • eyes,
    • conjunctivitis,
  •  hair,
    • hair loss
  • skin
    • acne
    • anti-aging
    • anti-wrinkle
    • burns
    • rashes
  • teeth,
  • nails,
  • gingivitis,
  • tonsillitis,
  • rheumatic disorders,
  • osteoarthritis,
  • diabetes,
  • wounds,
  • frostbite,
  • chilblains,
  • athlete’s foot,
  • boils,
  • carbuncles,
  • ulcers,
  • fistulas,
  • herpes simplex,
  • dyspepsia (impaired digestion),
  • gastrointestinal conditions,
  • cardiovascular diseases,
  • respiratory tract infections,
  • bronchitis,
  • fever,
  • malaria,
  • bladder problems,
  • urinary tract infection,
  • bed wetting,
  • kidney stones,
  • prostate problems,
  • hemorrhoids,
  • muscle cramps,
  • tumors,
  • broken bones,
  • fractures,
  • sprains,
  • nose bleed,
  • immune system

How to use:

The above ground parts of Horsetail are used and can be in dried or liquid form.  It needs to be cooked, dried, boiled or infused.  It cannot be eaten raw.

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Dried Horsetail

  • Drying Horsetail for Tea/Water Infusions:

Horsetail stalk and leaves can be picked, rinsed and dried.  When it dried it should remain green.  Do not use if it turns brown.

  • Horsetail Tea – max. 3 cups per day

Add 1 – 2 Teaspoons of dried or fresh Horsetail to boiling water and steep for 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Sore Throats, Coughs, Colds and Lungs

Horsetail tea can be soothing to use as a gargle for sore throats and beneficial to clear airways when breathing in its steam while boiling this herb.

  • Poultice

Crush fresh Horsetail and soak in hot water for a few minutes or soak dried horsetail in hot water, drain and place in cheesecloth to apply to area.  Leave for up to 15 minutes a few times a day.

  • Toner

Steep 1  teaspoon of Horsetail to 1 cup of boil water and steep for up to 10 minutes. When cool use cotton ball to dampen with tea solution and dab facial skin and neck to rinse in the morning and evening after removing makeup.

  • Hair Rinse or Bath Infusion

Use up to 10 teaspoons of fresh or dried horsetail to 4 cups of hot water and add to your bath or use to rinse your hair.

  • Oils, Creams & Salves

Fresh or dried Horsetail can be processed into oils and combined with other oils, plants and herbs to make salves and creams.  Find recipes here

If you don’t have a source of Fresh Horsetail find dried on-line here.


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Feverfew for preventing migraines & headaches?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP –Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

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Feverfew

Feverfew:  Leaves & Flowers

Feverfew:  Tanacetum parthenium

I began growing Feverfew 22 years ago from a packet of  Richter Seeds I ordered on-line.  It was a garden plant that helped change a dysfunctional and depressed James Bay community with it’s brilliant white petals and yellow centers.  To me they looked like miniature daisy’s.

Rediscovering them in the past few years growing in vacant lots and gardens, I once again started to harvest their medicinal flowers and leaves.

Feverfew is a well-known herb for migraine and joint pain relief so I dried a supply of both flowers and leaves for tea.  Using fresh plant parts I used them to add to daily water recipes for their nutrients and infused them in vinegar, oil and alcohol to create medicinal remedies.


Nutrients & Qualities in Feverfew: 

The nutrients in Feverfew include iron, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, and vitamins A and C.


Medicinal Uses:

Feverfew has an amazing number of medicinal uses:

  • prevention of migraines & headaches,
  • fevers,
  • muscle tension,
  • lower blood pressure,
  • reduce stomach irritation,
  • appetite stimulant,
  • improve digestion,
  • kidney function,
  • colitis,
  • dizziness,
  • tinnitus,
  • menstrual problems,
  • muscle relaxant,
  • skin washes,
  • Pain reliever for gastrointestinal, reproductive, and vascular systems,
  • Insect Repellent (includes Bees & Fleas!),
    • flowers contain pyrethrins compounds used as flea repellent
  • Natural Sun Screen,
  • Arthritis,
  • Anti-inflammatory

How to use Feverfew:

  • Preventative for Migraines

As a preventative herb for migraines and headaches it is recommended to chew 2 – 3 fresh leaves per day.  However I would recommend that these leaves be left to wilt beforehand as this plant has a strong bitter taste and cause some skin irritation in mouth when taken directly from the plant.  It is also recommended that one takes this herb together with magnesium and riboflavin to support opening constrictions in blood flow.

  • Natural Flea Rinse for Cats & Dogs

To make a flea rinse for your pet, pour boiling water over the fresh herbs and let stand until completely cooled. Strain and apply wetting the fur and skin thoroughly. Do not towel dry or rinse. Remember that this will last only a couple of hours so make it a regular part of your animal care routine!

  • Natural Pain Reliever for Aging Cats & Dogs

This is a herb that can be infused in water in the same way you would make tea.  Once cooled add to your pets water to act as a natural pain reliever.

Oils, tincture & Tea Recipes 

Buy Canadian Feverfew Plants


Recommended Reading:

More than 100 Remedies from 20 of the Most Healing Plants

Review:  Kathrine – This is the book I have been looking for! Very easy way to learn a LOT of information fast. I am have three regular items I make myself with great
success! My husband has even been wanting to put his hands into prep work.


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since  2000