The horsetail is a perennial plant that has dark green hollow, joined or segmented stems with no leaves. The horsetail can usually be found in wet areas and has a large amount of silicon crystals (or sand) in its tissue. The sand content in horsetail is the most abundant of any plant, and it is commonly used to polish tinware.
Aside from silicates, horsetail is likewise abundant in potassium, aluminum, and manganese, as well as a variety of flavonoids.
The above-ground parts of the plant are used for herbal and healing purposes. However, avoidance of horsetail is recommended for those with kidney stones and congestive heart failure and those taking an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure. Pregnant women should also avoid using horsetail tea.
Horsetail tea is usually made to derive the healing properties of the plant. Horsetail tea is prepared by pouring boiled water over 1-2 teaspoons of horsetail herb, boiling for five minutes, and then straining after 10 to 15 minutes. It is recommended that this be drank during the day between meals.
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