Have you ever heard of horsetail extract? Despite not being common nowadays, it has been an herbal remedy for centuries. Ancient horsetail plants were as tall as modern palm trees, and the plant is a perennial with a stem that resembles a horse’s tail. It does not reproduce with seeds, making it sterile, producing with spores instead. It goes by many different names, including Shavegrass, Bottle Brush and Scouring Rush, among others. The last is because its stem is covered in silicates that are abrasive enough to scour metal pots. Horsetail is commonly found in North America as well as temperate areas of Asia and Europe.
Horsetail contains many nutrients and minerals. These include calcium, iron, manganese, silica and antioxidants. Besides being an antioxidant, horsetail is also antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiinflammatory.
When the body is damaged, or as it ages, cells are created called free radicals. They are unstable and steal electrons from stable cells, causing a chain reaction of damage. Antioxidants protect the body by donating electrons to stabilise free radicals. Free radical damage can cause cancer, among other issues, as well as promote ageing effects such as wrinkles and sagging skin.
Along with free radicals, when the body is damaged it also creates inflammation. This is the redness and puffiness associated with wounds. Inflammation is a red flag, calling the immune system to the scene to help. Inflammation can also cause the formation of free radicals, starting a cycle of damage: damage causes inflammation, which causes free radicals, which causes damage, which creates more inflammation and free radicals. Reducing inflammation reduces damage as well as other redness. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema are all results of inflammation.
Horsetail has been used for centuries to treat many different maladies. Taken internally, it can help with bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes), tonsilitis (inflammation of the tonsils), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), foot infections (a result of inflammation and bacteria), sore throat (inflammation), as well as many other issues.
Hair and Nail Benefits
Horsetail is very beneficial for nails and hair. The minerals in horsetail can help strengthen brittle fingernails when horsetail extract is taken daily. It can also help by soaking the nails in an infusion of dried horsetail and water up to four times a week.
The silica in horsetail can help grow strong healthy hair as well. Ingesting horsetail extract as a tea or supplement as well as applying it straight to the hair can have beneficial effects. Mix horsetail extract with oil such as olive or coconut oil then massage it into the scalp to stimulate hair growth by improving circulation. It can also be used as a conditioner by pouring horsetail tea over hair and washing out. This conditioner will make hair shiny and less frizzy.
Along with the antioxidant benefits of antiageing, and the antiinflammatory benefits for acne and irritation, horsetail extract has other skin benefits. Applied to the skin, it can help heal rashes, burns and wounds thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Another antiageing benefit is the silica horsetail contains collagen. Collagen is an important part of the skin, keeping it taut and wrinkle free. Silica can help form collagen, especially when the production is slowed with ageing. Horsetail extract is used in skin products for this reason as well as for combating inflammation. Horsetail tea can also be used as a toner to calm the skin. After cleansing the skin, swipe on cooled tea with a cotton ball or swab. Horsetail can shrink pores when used this way.
Our Replenishing Moisture Cream contains horsetail extract to strengthen the skin along with other moisturising and nourishing ingredients including our signature Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Carrot Oil, and Shea Butter. Skin will look visibly younger, plump and radiant with continual use.