In the previous post we discussed the uses of horsetail herb to cure many ailments. In this post we will discuss some more uses of this highly beneficial herb.
6. To treat foot infections and chilblains:
Horsetail herb is known to have anti- inflammatory, anti-microbial as well as anti-fungal properties. The Chinese have been using horsetail in herbal treatments for many foot problems like athlete’s foot, chilblains, frostbite and cracked heels. Chilblains is caused by over exposure to cold and humid weather, which causes damage to capillary beds in the feet leading to blisters, itch, inflammation as well as redness. To treat foot infections and chilblains soak your feet in a herbal horsetail water bath for ten to twenty minutes every day. To make a horsetail herbal foot bath, add ten spoons of horsetail herb, crushed and dried, in a small foot bath full of hot water, let the water cool down before you dip your feet in it. After you remove your feet pat it dry and apply virgin olive oil on your feet, cover your feet with cotton socks.
7. To provide relief from oedema:
Some studies have indicated that horsetail has diuretic properties. Horsetail is also helpful in making up for the loss of minerals from the body due to excessive urination.
8. To treat gingivitis as well as tonsillitis:
Horsetail is helpful in providing relief in inflamed tonsils, bleeding from the gums and sores in the mouth. Gargling with horsetail herbal mouthwash twice in a day will help. You can also make herbal mouthwash with horsetail herbal tea or its herbal extract available in the herbal market. To make a mouthwash, steep one teaspoon of dried and crushed horsetail herb in a glass of water for five minutes. You can also add four drops of horsetail herbal extract in warm water. Gargle with this mouthwash for quick relief. Make sure that the water is not too hot.
9. For better hair growth:
Studies have indicated that silica mineral found in horsetail herb is helpful in improving the growth of hair and making it stronger. The silica in horsetail may also be helpful in getting rid of split ends. You can drink horsetail herbal tea for improving the health of your hair. Also, washing hair with two drops of horsetail extract mixed in your regular shampoo is helpful. Some people have also experienced better hair health when they massaged with four drops of horsetail herbal extracts mixed in two tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. If you have dandruff, then you can also massage your hair with four drops of horsetail extract mixed in virgin coconut oil. Massaging your scalp three to four times in a week is sufficient. After you massage your hair and scalp with oil and horsetail extract leave it on for ten minutes to two hours before shampooing your hair. You can also use horsetail tea as a conditioner after shampooing your hair.
10. To cure hemorrhoids
The anti inflammatory properties of horsetail help in reducing the pain. The haemostatic property of horsetail also helps in reducing the bleeding due to hemorrhoids. Have a cup of horsetail herbal tea before having your meal once or twice a day. Also, you must make sure that you are having sufficient fibre in your diet to avoid any chances of constipation that may increase the pain.
Horsetail – An Overview