The plant around us. Volume 1 The plant around us. Volume I - Page 59

GASTRONOMIC USE MEDICINAL USE There are many species of horsetails. Wilde horsetails have an unusual chemistry compared to most other plants. They are rich in silica, contain several alkaloids (including nicotine) and various minerals. Strobil (the fertile shoots in spring) - cooked and used as an asparagus substitute. Horsetail tea is an herbal infusion with a historic reputation for repairing tissue and bone problemsThis herb may be used both internally and externally for a number of ailments helping to heal and strengthen your body.Horsetail tea contains a high level of silica and calcium, as well as magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc, and, manganese. How To Make? Step 1: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Step 2: Add 2-3 teaspoons of dried horsetail to a teapot. Step 3: Pour the hot water over the dried leaves. Step 4: Steep the tea for about 8 minutes. Horsetail is very astringent and makes an excellent clotting agent, staunching wounds, stopping nosebleeds and reducing the coughing up of blood. It helps speed the repair of damaged connective tissue, improving its strength and elasticity. The plant is anodyne, antihaemorrhagic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, galactogogue, haemostatic and vulnerary. The plant is a useful diuretic when taken internally and is used in the treatment of kidney and bladder problems, cystitis, urethritis, prostate disease and internal bleeding, proving especially useful when there is bleeding in the urinary tract. Step 5: Strain the tea and add honey for flavor. A decoction of the herb added to a bath benefits slow-healing sprains and fractures, as well as certain irritable skin conditions such as eczema.