Horsetail Properties

Common horsetail is widely known for its various applications in medicine, as well as in aesthetics and agriculture. The numerous benefits of this wild plant are mainly thanks to its unique composition, like its high content in organic silicon and potassium.

Medical properties

Antibacterial and antifungal

Common horsetail can be very helpful to get rid of certain bacteria and fungi.

The Journal of Phytotherapy Research published this study, which tested its antimicrobial activity against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Salmonella enteritidis. It also tested its antifungal activity against Candida albicans and Asoergillus niger.

Anti-inflammatory and calmative

Horsetail helps reduce tissue inflammation, as well as reducing the sensitivity to pain.

Its anti-inflammatory action was tested in this study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In this other study originally published in the Journal of Pharmacological Research, its soothing property was studied, in addition to anti-inflammatory action.


Horsetail helps prevent cellular oxidation, which is responsible for the aging of the organism.

This study published in the Molecules Journal, shows the great protective activity, of Equisetum arvense, against free radicals.

Astringent and wound healing

Horsetail’s content in tannins supports the retraction of tissues as well as helping to heal wounds.

These properties are very beneficial when healing open wounds, especially for those that are taking a long time to heal.

Mild diuretic

Horsetail consumption helps eliminating excess fluids from the body. This diuretic action also prevents the accumulation of toxins in the blood and urinary tracts.

Its diuretic action makes it a great remedy for treating urinary tract diseases which require an increase in urine production, like: urinary tract infections, kidney stones, cystitis, urethritis, etc. This property makes horsetail also recommendable for treating rheumatic diseases like arthritis and gout.

This mild diuretic effect is demonstrated in this study by the Royal Botanic Gardens of Spain.


Horsetail helps reduce hemorrhages, as well as favoring blood clotting.

It is very useful in cases of internal or external bleeding of the body. It is widely used to treat conditions such as nosebleeding, excessive menstruation, skin ulcers, etc.


Horsetail helps protecting the liver. In traditional oriental medicine horsetail is used to treat hepatitis.

The Journal of Ethnopharmacology originally published this study, which supports the effectiveness of horsetail in the hepatitis treatment.

Joint regenerator

Horsetail helps recovering joints and cartilage tissues.

As well as being very beneficial for the treatment of spraints and distensions, it is a great supplement for sportspeople because it gives flexibility to the tendons and the vessel walls.

Bone regenerator

Horsetail helps in the recovery of the bones, thanks to its high content of organic silicon.

As well as being beneficial for fractured bones, field horsetail is highly recommended for treating osteoporosis because it helps the body to absorb and set the calcium.

Uses in cosmetics

Weight loss

Horsetail is a good supplement to take when doing a diet because it helps to lose weight, thanks to its diuretic and depurative action.

Anti-cellulite efect

Its diuretic property helps prevent cellulite by removing fluids and toxins from the body.

Hair and Nail Care

Horsetail helps strengthen hair and nails, as well as increasing its growth.

Skin Care

Horsetail helps regenerating tissues that are deteriorating with age, thanks to its silicon content.

It gives the skin a smooth and elastic look, as well as preventing wrinkles and reducing stretch marks. Its diuretic property also helps treating varicose veins and for general skin care, because it eliminates the bacteria that damages it.

Use in Agriculture

Horsetail is widely used as a natural insecticide in organic farming, because it helps getting rid of red spiders mites and aphids. Visit this section to learn how to make it yourself, as well as some application tips.

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