Horsetail: what are its virtues?

Horsetail is one of the oldest plants in the world. It existed since prehistoric times! Its use in medicine was observed very early around the world, due to its numerous curative properties. In the 17th century, it was used in Europe to treat wounds and skin inflammations as well as to relieve kidney stones . Native American tribes used it to treat urinary disorders and consolidate fractures . Its use to treat urinary tract disorders is also reported in Ayurvedic medicine (traditional medicine from India).

Today, we use it mainly as a diuretic , as a source of silica and to stimulate the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage and tendons.

It is to the stems of the plant that medicinal virtues are attributed. The main active ingredients they contain are: silica (in the form of silicic acid and silicates), sulfur, iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium salts, fatty acids, tannins, glucosides, flavonoids, saponins and traces of alkaloids.

Horsetail is recognized by the European Medicines Agency for its beneficial effect on joint health.

We use horsetail in B-XCare to promote the resilience of cartilage in the joints.