Horsetail - a perennial herb
 Horsetail - is a perennial herbaceous plant. Horsetail has no flowers, and reproduce by spores. From black roots grow straight spring reddish-brown shoots with spikelet at the end. Immediately grow green, much branched stems, which have medicinal properties. Gather for medicinal purposes young succulent shoots of bright green color. This plant unpretentious, because any increase in the soil. Distributed horsetail everywhere: meadows, arable lands on clay soil in almost all areas.

Horsetail, along with moss and ferns, is one of the oldest of herbaceous plants on the ground. It is a powerful plant, after the flood, and climate change in ancient times, has become a small plant to 50 cm tall.

There are also several other popular titles horsetail:

  • Whisk;
  • Ponytail;
  • Cat's Eye;
  • Tin grass;
  • Mop-grass.

The composition and useful properties of horsetail

Rich chemical composition of this herb causes numerous medicinal properties of horsetail and its use as a medicine. Thus, horsetail rich many beneficial components, some of which are listed below:

  • Silicic acid salts;
  • Vitamin C;
  • The potassium salts;
  • Flavonoids;
  • Bitterness;
  • Saponins;
  • Carotene;
  • Resins;
  • Tannins.

This is one of the most common medicinal plants, endowed with healing power. Thus, the main healing properties of horsetail are as follows:

  • Binder;
  • Hemostatic;
  • Wound healing;
  • Strong diuretic;
  • Antispasmodic;
  • Antimicrobial;
  • The anti-inflammatory;
  • Restorative;
  • Anthelmintic.

Also, the research found that horsetail is able to rid the body of lead, so it is used in chronic and acute lead poisoning.

Use of horsetail and its properties

 The herb horsetail
 In most cases, the use of horsetail and its properties is recommended in the form of decoctions, or simply brewed as a tea herb.

In the form of decoctions and infusions of horsetail, often, the doctor prescribed for such violations of health:

  • Diarrhea (diarrhea);
  • Gallstone disease;
  • Internal bleeding.

Traditional medicine recommends the use of a field horsetail with conjunctivitis. In this case, application is carried arvense as eye baths from broth plants. In addition, the use of horsetail advisable under the following problems:

  • Trophic ulcers;
  • Boils;
  • Deep Wounds;
  • Ulcers;
  • Fistulas;
  • Eczema;
  • Ringworm;
  • Dermatitis.

Horsetail herb its properties has long been used for bleeding in the treatment of difficult to heal wounds and hemorrhoids.

Effectively helps decoction of horsetail or fresh juice from the grass bleeding in the urinary system and bloody diarrhea. Infusion of horsetail helps women during heavy menstrual bleeding. However, there are contraindications to the horsetail in this case. So, if the bleeding is associated with inflammation of the genital or abortion, the use of horsetail can be dangerous.

Furthermore, horsetail juice used for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins.

Fresh juice horsetail strengthens the immune system and increases the body's resistance, due to the content of salt, potassium and silica.

Decoction of horsetail well purify the blood, remove toxins and excess water without breaking the salt composition, therefore recommended for the treatment of allergies.

Medicinal properties of horsetail help with all sorts of pulmonary diseases. Thus, the use of horsetail relieves cough, wheezing in the bronchi. Recommended use of horsetail and pulmonary tuberculosis. The presence of silicon in the plant, as the main component of horsetail, yielding positive results in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. The broth is used in inflammation of the gums and gargle for sore throat.

It was established experimentally that horsetail lowers blood sugar in diabetes.

In folk medicine, the use of horsetail has found in the treatment of many serious diseases:

  • Gout;
  • Rheumatism;
  • Arthritis;
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Osteochondrosis.

The use of this plant for the treatment gives good results, and the use of horsetail has very few contraindications, and therefore virtually safe. With proper use of horsetail has no side effects and complications, so it is recommended even for children.

Quite often, the use of horsetail is for general health promotion and raising the body's defenses. It is useful to drink horsetail in the form of tea in the cold season, it is well increases the overall tone of the body and protects against germs. Elderly this tea is recommended to drink on a regular basis, but do not forget at the same time on some contraindications to horsetail. The constant use of this plant will help to get rid of chronic cough and rheumatic pains.

In addition, the useful properties of horsetail increases the absorption of calcium, and are used to strengthen the hair, teeth, nails and bones. Horsetail is an excellent way to achieve a good smoothness and elasticity of the skin, treat acne and other skin problems. Baths and compresses of a decoction of horsetail to help get rid of sweating of the feet and hands.

Hair horsetail is used with particular success. The silicon content of the grass promotes collagen and helps to restore and improve the fabric and enhances hair growth. The presence of nutrients provides a full range of food, improves blood circulation and prevents diseases of the scalp. When using horsetail hair, they start to grow faster are of particular strength and healthy shine. Regular use of an extract of horsetail hair will help get rid of even baldness. Thus, the regular use of horsetail hair will make them smooth and healthy.

Contraindications horsetail and possible harm

Along with the presence of many valuable properties of horsetail contraindications also has a plant. Thus, the use horsetail and its properties can cause irritation of the kidneys. That is why there is a contraindication to horsetail during nephrosis and nephritis.

Absolute contraindications to horsetail is pregnancy and breastfeeding (lactation) in women.

Furthermore, in some cases, the presence of chronic diseases, there may be special contraindications horsetail and use thereof. In these cases, self-medication can be dangerous, and only a doctor can determine the possibility of using horsetail.