Horsetail is the plant which thrives in wet regions. Horsetail tea is made by boiling the plant with the water. It is dried and made available in the form of teabags. The diuretic properties in the horsetail tea assist to increase more urination which cures heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney disease and liver disease. It also eliminates the excessive salts, fats and other toxins. It also eradicates convulsions and seizures. The presence of silica in the horsetail enhances bones, internal organs and joints. It also treats weakened and fractured bones, brittle or peeling fingernails, hair loss and swelling. The soaking of tea in the hot water is called steeping. Tea infuser is required for the loose version of the tea, the tea leaves is hold by a small holes in it. The hot horsetail tea should be consumed two times in a day between the meals. One should intake the horsetail tea for two weeks daily to obtain the benefits.
Health benefits of Horsetail Tea
Horsetail tea possess huge amount of nutrients and minerals such as potassium, flavonoids, iron, saponins, fatty acids, glycosides, aconitic acid, manganese, aluminium, calcium, caffeic acid, esters, alkaloids, phenolic acids and silica.
Horsetail increases the flow of urine which treats the kidney ailments and edema. According to the herbalist Jeanne Rose, the horsetail tea should be added to the bathwater or drink horsetail tea so that it calms premenstrual bloat of women.
2. May strengthen bones
The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that the presence of silica in the horsetail tea counteracts osteoporosis. One study shows that those who took extract of horsetail their bone density were improved. It helps to enhance the air sacs walls and also increases resistance. It also upgrades expectoration and eradicates the discomfort caused due to coughing. It treats the health ailments such as bronchitis, asthma and tuberculosis. Horsetail tea increases the absorption and the use of calcium which helps to strengthen bones. It also treats arthritis which is caused by the wearing down of bones and joint ligaments. It strengthens bones which help to counteract with osteoporosis and arthritis.
3. Promotes healthy hair
The cooled horsetail tea should be used as hair rinse simply by including a 4 oz. cool horsetail tea on baby shampoo. As horsetail tea possess silica, the daily intake of this tea helps to enhance the growth of hair with its health. Along with the growth of hair, it also treats the scalp conditions and dandruff.
4. Treats nails problems
The presence of silica in the horsetail tea strengthens the nails. ½ cup of horsetail should be made and after straining, 1 tsp. of honey should be added and let the mixture to steep for two days. With the use of cotton ball, apply regularly for two weeks. The cider vinegar-horsetail tea eliminates the fingernail fungus or fighting toenail. Boil 4 cups of cider vinegar with 1 cup of chopped horsetail for a few minutes. Let the mixture remain overnight. The cider horsetail infusion should be used by straining the herbs as an herbal soak for feet and hands.
5. Garden Ally
The antifungal property of horsetail is effective for both roses and toenails. The horsetail tea should be strained and cooled. Then spritz it on the roses by adding it to the spray bottle during the rainy days for few days. In 6 cups of water, 1 cup of horsetail should be added.
6. Kidney and Bladder health
It promotes the flow of urine by clearing the excess water and waste. It also lowers the strain which causes the urinary infections. It relieves the strain on kidneys with important minerals and vitamins. It eradicates the urge of frequent urine. A bath with horsetail tea for two to three times in a week for 15 minutes cures bladder weakness and UTIs. In one quart of boiled water, 10 teaspoons of dried horsetail should be steeped for 10-15 minutes and after straining the tea, it should be added to the bath water.
7. Respiratory health
Tuberculosis, bronchitis and asthma are the respiratory ailments which are treated by the horsetail tea. It possess huge amount of silicic acid which enhance the lungs and raise the resistance to the disease. This raises the expectoration rate by cleansing the waste in the lungs. It cures bronchitis, dry cough, fever and nasal congestion related to the flu and cold. Hot steeped horsetail tea should be breathed deeply which helps to ease nasal congestion. The respiratory and cough issues could be alleviated by drinking horsetail tea 2-3 times in a day.
The daily intake of horsetail tea for about two months helps to relieve edema. It facilitates the production of urine and the excess minerals and liquid is eliminated from the body and the minerals possessed in the horsetail replace the minerals in the body.
9. Gingivitis and tonsillitis
Mouth sores, inflamed tonsils and bleeding gums is relieved by gargling with the mouthwash which is made from horsetail tea. Boil the horsetail with a cup of water for about 7-10 minutes. It should be repeated for 3-4 times regularly for getting best results.
10. Skin problems
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties assist in delaying the signs of aging by enhancing the connective tissues. It soothes the inflamed and irritated skin. The diluted and cold horsetail tea should be applied as a toner after washing the face at night which is effective to treat acne.
The hemostatic and anti-inflammatory property reduces or stops the bleeding which is caused due to hemorrhoids. It also lessens the pain. Before every fiber rich meal, one cup of tea should be drink to treat hemorrhoids.
12. Reduce swelling
Horsetail tea helps to lessen the swelling in the body and also eradicates the water retention.
13. Promotes joint health
The presence of silicic acid helps to strengthen the connective tissues in the body and joints. It treats skin disorders, gout, injuries and rheumatism.
14. Promotes blood clotting
It strengthens the blood vessel walls and also enhances the blood clotting. It also treats the irregular menstruation and the pain from cramps. It also cures the gums bleeding and bloody noses.
15. Kidney stones
It is effective for those having uric acid kidney stones related to Gout disease. Horsetail tea flushes out the kidney stones and gall bladder with the eradication of urinary tract infection symptoms (UTIs).
How to make horsetail tea
- Take about 3-4 tsp. fresh or even dried horsetail herb in a teapot
- Put 8 oz of boiling water into it
- Cover the teapot totally
- Steep for 5 minutes
- Strain the mix
- Add honey or even sugar for enhancing the taste
Horsetail tea side effects
Pregnant, children, those having kidney stones and nursing women are not recommended to use the horsetail tea. Nausea, electrolyte imbalance, fever, deficiency of thiamine, muscle weakness, skin problems and abnormal pulse rate are the side effects of horsetail tea if it is taken in excessive amount. It should not be consumed with the combination of licorice or alcohol. Those who have weak heart or deficiency of thiamine should consult the doctor before using the horsetail tea.