perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America
a plant which first appeared in the Devonian. Horsetails have jointed stems with a ring of long, pointed leaves and branches at each joint. Equisetum is the only type of horsetail alive today. Fossil horsetails grew up to 30 m in height, for example Calamites, which had a very thin stem but grew extremely long and probably crept like bind weed. Page up
Horsetail is a primitive, spore-bearing plant (a sphenopsid and a pteridophyte) with rhizomes that was common during the Mesozoic Era. Its side branches are arranges in rings along the hollow stem. Horsetails date from the Devonian period 408-360 million years ago, but are still around today and are invasive weeds. Classification: Division Equisetophyta, Class Equisetopsida, Order Equisetales, Family Equisetaceae (Horsetails).
Any of several species of ancient and primitive plants of the genus Equisetum. A close relative of the ferns and clubmosses, represented by several species in the North Country, including the Water Horsetail ( Equisetum fluviatile) and Tall Scouring Rush ( Equisetum hyemale). Kisibanashk in the Ojibwe.
horsetail is rich in minerals and vitamins. it enriches the blood, hardens the fingernails and revitalizes lifeless hair. it is also is good for those white spots that occur on the finger nails, which indicate a calcium imbalance in the body.
(or shabegrass) is used in urinary tract disorders especially lower tract infections. The most important ingredient in the herb is silicic acid, which helps circulation. Horsetail aids in coagulation so a decotion applied externally will help staunch and heal bleeding wounds. Reasearch has shown that fractured bones will heal much faster when horsetail is taken. This herb is rich in silicon and selenium. It also contains Vitanin E, pantothenic acid, PABA, copper, mangese, sodium, cobalt, iron, and iodine.
Rich in silicic acid, which helps aid the circulation. A urinary tract builder and strengthener, it is used in all urinary tract disorders, especially lower tract infections. Rich in silicon and selenium as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Rich in minerals the body uses to maintain healthy tissue. It facilitates the absorption of calcium by the body, which nourishes nails, skin, hair, bones, and the body's connective tissue. The herb helps eliminate excess oil from skin and hair.
Horsetail possesses hemolytic (blood clotting) and antibiotic activity, properties that contribute to the healing process. Horsetail also supplies calcium and several other minerals that the body uses to rebuild injured tissue.