Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, description, use in the treatment of diseases in field and field conditions.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a medicinal perennial herb common throughout almost the entire CIS. With the exception of the far north and deserts. It grows like a weed in forests, in fields, along river banks, outskirts of meadows, in wastelands, along the edges of ditches. Prefers moist soil. 

Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, description, use in the treatment of diseases in field and field conditions.

Some species of horsetail are poisonous, however, it is quite easy to identify them; their branches are directed down or horizontally, while in the horsetail they are directed up. In addition, poisonous horsetails at the ends of green shoots have well-visible spore-bearing spikelets. Harvesting horsetail from spring to late summer.

In dry weather, green stems are cut directly above the surface of the soil, and then collected in bunches or spread out in a thin layer, dried in the shade, always subject to good ventilation. Otherwise, with slow drying, the horsetail darkens and loses part of its healing properties. A distinctive feature of a well-dried plant, the side branches become brittle. Dry grass of horsetail is stored in linen bags or in paper bags. In a dry, ventilated area, horsetail is stored for no more than four years.

Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, description, use in the treatment of diseases in field and field conditions.
burns, in the form of lotions for furunculosis and compresses on sore joints with rheumatism and gout. It helps with heart failure and improves water-salt metabolism. Effective as a hemostatic agent for pulmonary, renal, uterine, nasal and hemorrhoidal bleeding, inflammation of the bladder.

Proportions Cooking method Application
Infusion 1 tablespoon (10 g.) Dry or 2 tablespoons (20 g.) Tablespoons of fresh grass per 0.25 liters. water. Pour boiling water, insist 3 hours, strain. 2 tablespoons before meals, in the treatment of edema, urolithiasis, liver disease, bladder. With nosebleeds, drip into the nose, with tonsillitis and various inflammations, gargle.
Infusion 2 tablespoons (20 g.) Dry or 4 tablespoons (40 g.) Tablespoons of fresh grass per 0.25 liters. water. Pour boiling water, insist 3 hours, strain. Flush wounds with burns, ulcers and eczema. As lotions for furunculosis and as compresses for diseased joints, rheumatism and gout, applying to sore spots.
Decoction 1 tablespoon (10 g.) Dry or 2 tablespoons (20 g.) Tablespoons of fresh grass per 0.25 liters. water. Boil over low heat for 30 minutes, after cooling, strain, add boiled water. 1 tablespoon 3-4 times a day after meals with edema of renal and cardiac origin, inflammatory diseases of the bladder, for rinsing the mouth and throat with various inflammations.
Decoction 2 tablespoons (20 g.) Dry or 4 tablespoons (40 g.) Tablespoons of fresh grass per 0.25 liters. water. Boil over low heat for 30 minutes, after cooling, strain, add boiled water. Rinse wounds, ulcers, pressure sores, skin areas affected by eczema, furunculosis. In the form of compresses on sore joints.
Tea 1 teaspoon (5 g) of dry grass per 0.25 liters. water. Pour boiling water, insist 30 minutes, strain. For rheumatic pains, chronic cough and leg edema associated with metabolic disorders.
Juice Fresh grass. Rinse, grind and squeeze the juice. 2 teaspoons 3-4 times a day as a diuretic for edema. For washing bleeding, festering wounds and ulcers. 2-3 drops in the nose with frequent nosebleeds.

Eating Field Horsetail.

Young shoots and small tubers on the roots of the horsetail contain starch, vitamin C and provitamin A. Shoots can be added to salads and soups. The tubers are eaten raw, boiled, baked, and if necessary, stocks are dried and ground into flour.

Domestic use of horsetail.

Since horsetail grass contains silicic acid, it can be used for household purposes for cleaning (fresh) smoked dishes, polishing (dried) wood products, horn and soft stone. A decoction of the roots of horsetail can dye a light tissue in a dull yellowish-gray color.

Contraindications for the use of horsetail herb for medicinal purposes.

Horsetail is contraindicated in kidney disease. Overdose can cause poisoning and paralysis..

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