How to prepare and use horsetail

Here you can see the different preparation methods for horsetail.Visit his section if you want to learn when and how to use it for the different medical conditions.

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Horsetail tea

Put one heaping teaspoon of dried horsetail in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before filtering. This herbal tea is quite bitter, so you might want to put some sugar or honey in it.

Sitz bath

Put 100gram of dry horsetail in 3 liters of cold water and let sit for 12 hours. Bring the mixture to boil before draining and putting it in the bathtub. Fill up the tub with enough warm water to cover the kidneys when seated. Take a 20minute bath; you can cover your shoulders with a towel to keep warm. When coming out, cover up with the bathrobe letting the skin absorb the rest liquid. Stay one hour wrapped in bed.

Horsetail tincture

In a small dark bottle put 100 gram of fresh horsetail and fill up with brandy (approx. 40% alcohol). Keep this mixture in a warm place and shake every day for at least two weeks.

Foot bath

Put 100gram of horsetail in 3 liters of cold water and let sit for 12h. Bring the mixture to a boil and toss into a basin or bathtub. Fill up with warm water until the liquid covers the feet, and let them soak for 20 minutes.

Infusion for washing

Put 4 teaspoons of horsetail in 1 liter of boiling water. Let stand covered for 5 minutes before filtering.

Horsetail envelopes

Fill a pot with water and bring to boil. Put two handful of horsetail in a colander placed on top of the pot. When the water steam has heated the herbs, throw them in a linen cloth and put over the affected area. Leave it for several hours or during the night. It is advisable to cover up warmly so that the heat is not lost.

Steam bath

Put 4 teaspoons of horsetail in one liter of water, cover and bring to boil. Wrap yourself in a bathrobe and squat over the bowl with the infusion for 10 minutes.

Horsetail shampoo

Put 3 tablespoons of horsetail in half cup of hot water (approx. 200ml), and let cool before filtering. Mix the infusion with a natural base shampoo or an unscented baby shampoo. Use regularly to strengthen hair.


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