Family Name: Equisetaceae
Botanical Name(s): Equisetum Arvense
Popular Name(s): Field Horsetail, Bottlebrush, Scouring Rush,
Pewterwort, Corncob Plant and Shave Grass.
Parts Used: The dried stems are used.
Habitat: Horsetail is widely distributed throughout the
temperate climate zones of the Northern hemisphere, including Asia,
North America and Europe.
Description: Horsetail is an herbaceous perennial with a hairy,
tuberous rhizome. The stems are erect, without leaves or hairs and have
black-toothed sheaths with whorls of spreading, green branches.
Uses: It is used for the treatment of prostate problems, urinary
tract infection, kidney stones, incontinence, cystitis and urethritis as
well as arthritis and hemorrhage. It is helpful for repairing connective
tissue and cartilage because it has high contents of silica. It is also
used in healing wounds.