Equisetum Hyemale, or horsetail, is a type of fern that is commonly used in herbology. It’s been speculated for centuries as to whether the plant has any significant effects on human health. Equisetum hyemale, also called the horsetail plant, is a perennial plant that belongs to the Equisetaceae family. It grows in moist soil and can be found in northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. The plant’s leaves are long and have serrated edges, which look similar to that of a horse’s tail.
As the name suggests, it is an herbaceous perennial in Equisetaceae, which contains the horsetail genus. This plant is known as a “felt plant” because of how it feels when walking on it. The felt plant also goes by the name of “scouring rush” because of its use in cleaning pots and pans. It is found in both North America and Europe in damp or wet areas. Equisetum Hyemale is a flowering plant that grows up to 2 meters.
Equisetum Hyemale Uses
Equisetum hyemale has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The plant has been used as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. Equisetum hyemale is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens. It makes an interesting addition to gardens with its darker leaves compared to evergreen plants such as rhododendrons or hollies. This type of plant can also survive for many decades after its initial planting if it is well-tended.
The horsetail plant used in traditional herbalism is the male plant, which is called “equisetum hyemale.” The female plant will develop from these male roots. The female root is about 6-8 inches deep, and it feels spongy and soft. It can be harvested at any point in the growing season, but it’s best to wait for its harvest until after its pollen has fallen to take the most beneficial parts of the plant. All of the plants can be used, including their stems, leaves, and roots.
The horsetail plant is often used to treat infections and inflammation of the urinary tract, earaches, menstrual cramps, and joint pain. It’s also been used to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, or sinusitis. Some herbalists say that the horsetail plant can help with cases of acne or hyperpigmentation by grinding it into a powder and mixing it with honey.
Herbalists often use horsetail root extracts to treat colic in animals as well as to relieve pain and promote general health. The “sesame leaf,” a mixture of Equisetum hyemale and sesame seeds, is often used for digestive upsets or ulcers in the stomach or intestines.
It’s been speculated for centuries that horsetail might have some positive effects on human health. There is no scientific evidence to support this, and there are also many documented cases of people who used the plant only to suffer prolonged side effects.