Top 15 Benefits and Uses of Horsetail

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11. Stops brittle, weak nails

The minerals in horsetail can help stop those white spots (which indicate weakness) in fingernails. People report that taking horsetail extract capsules daily, combined with soaking nails in horsetail tree at least 4 times per week, hardened nails considerably.


12. Diabetes

Studies show that patients with type-2 diabetes who were given a daily oral dose of horsetail extract had a significantly lower blood sugar levels within one hour of taking this herb. Diabetics should try taking horsetail extracts once a day before a meal. As always, talk to your doctor before starting any herbal supplement program.


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13. Stops foot infections and chilblains

Chinese herbalists have been using horsetail for hundreds of years for treating problems with the feet such as frostbite, chilblains, and athlete’s foot. Chilblains is a skin condition that occurs after exposure to extreme cold and humidity, which causes damage to the capillary bed of the feet. This causes redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation. Since horsetail has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, it’s well suited to help stop these types of skin problems.


14. Helps with bronchitis symptoms

Horsetail tea has been proven to help stop dry coughs, nasal congestion, and bronchitis symptoms. It’s also helpful in reducing fevers due to flu or colds. Inhaling the vapors from horsetail tea can help clear up congested nasal passages. Drink horsetail tea two or three times per day, taking time to inhale the steam when you have respiratory problems. See a doctor if you don’t see improvement in 5 days.


15. Heals boils and carbuncles

Horsetails anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial can help stop the infection and inflammation that comes with carbuncles and boils. A salve made from horsetail can be used to draw out the infection and pus from boils and other sores. To make a healing compress, soak crushed and dried horsetail into some warm water for about 15 minutes. Place the soaked herb in a small piece of cloth or cheese cloth and apply it to the affected area. Using hot and cold compresses with horsetail extract 2 or 3 times a day can greatly help reduce the inflammation and draw out the pus.

As with any nutritional supplement, horsetail is safe when taken in moderation and for a short duration. Always consult your doctor or health care provider before you add horsetail to your daily routine, especially if you are taking other pharmaceuticals. Horsetail does contain some nicotine, so pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid using it.

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