What Is Horsetail? Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a medicinal plant used for remedies that dates back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. But it has been around much longer, as early as before the dinosaurs.

Horsetail Benefits Horsetail has many uses in traditional herbal medicine. Science is also beginning to back up these claims. Here are some of the most common benefits of horsetail:

Promotes Bone Health The high level of silica in horsetail is one of its main health benefits. Silica is important for bone and teeth health among other things.

Fights Illness and Infection Traditional herbalists use horsetail on wounds, especially boils and carbuncles. It turns out this use is scientifically backed. Horsetail has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with disease and infection.

Has Diuretic Properties Horsetail has been used as a diuretic for centuries. A 2014 study found that horsetail works as well as a conventional diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide) without liver, kidney, or electrolyte side effects.

Supports Hair, Skin, and Nail Health Horsetail has also been used traditionally for hair, skin, and nail health. It’s thought that the high silica content of horsetail is the reason why it works.

Is Horsetail Safe? I avoid this herb when pregnant or nursing (so my whole married life!) but use it externally for hair or skin if needed.

Where to Buy Horsetail Root There are many places you can purchase it from online, and possibly even locally, but I typically buy it and make it as a tea.