The Swiss Abbé Kuenzle says that all people from a certain age on should drink a cup of Horsetail tea every day all year round and all pain caused by rheumatism, gout and nerves would disappear and every person would have a healthy old age.
In popular medicine Horsetail was much esteemed in old times, especially for its blood-staunching effect and its success in kidney and bladder trouble. But with time its values were forgotten. It has been declared “uniquely irreplaceable and invaluable” for bleeding, spitting of blood, bladder- and kidney disorders, gravel and stones.
For persistent nose bleeding a compress made from the cooled decoction of Horsetail is applied. As a blood-staunching remedy it helps to stop bleeding of the lung, uterus, stomach and haemorrhoids. Of course stronger decoctions are required. Normally 1 heaped teaspoon per cup (¼ litre) is used, but for bleedings 2 to 3 heaped teaspoons per cup are required. Horsetail together with Speedwell is a good preventive remedy for hardening of the arteries and for amnesia through its blood cleansing action. One can call it the best cancer prophylactic.
Don’t forget, Horsetail is one of the best remedies for chronic bronchitis and tuberculosis of the lungs. Through its silica content, the tea, if drunk regularly, helps heal the lungs and removes the general weakness. Results of the latest research, according to the Austrian biologist Richard Willfort, justify the assumption that tumours are inhibited in their growth and finally eliminated through the use of Horsetail tea for long periods. This is also useful for polyps in the abdomen or anus.
A lady from Switzerland had a stiff neck for years. Every year she took a cure which gave her only limited relief. By chance I met her. Sceptically she promised to take Horsetail sitz baths. Soon I received a call and this happy lady told me that after 10 minutes in the bath all the stiffness had disappeared. As I know, it has not returned since.
The great neurologist Dr. Wagner-Jauregg said in his writings: “two thirds of all mentally ill would not go to a mental home had they healthy kidneys.” Up to now I have been able to advise many unhappy people who, through kidney disorders, suffered from depression, delusions and fits of rage and would have ended in a mental home but for Horsetail sitz baths. For these conditions besides Yarrow and Stinging Nettle teas, a cup of Horsetail tea mornings and evenings must be drunk.
A 5 litre bucketful of herbs is needed for 1 bath (see “Method Of Use” and “sitz bath” below). For the sitz bath the kidney region must be under water – the bath must last 20 minutes! Do not dry yourself, but, still wet, wrap yourself in a bath robe and remain perspiring in bed for one hour. Only then, dress in dry night attire. The sitz bath water can be rewarmed and used twice.
Excellent remedy for incontinence and bed wetting with children.
Used specifically in cases of inflammation or benign enlargement of the prostate gland.
Will ease off the pain of rheumatism and gout.
Also quite known for its healing properties in bleeding, blood spitting and kidney disorders and gravel stones.
For the healing of wounds, easing the pain of rheumatism and encourages the healing of chilblains. Will help with hemorrhage.
Will staunch bleeding.
Method Of Use:
Infusion: One cup boiling water, poured over 2 teaspoons of herb. Infuse for 10 - 20 min. Use as a tea. Strain and drink 3 times a day.
For a bath: Steep 100g in hot water for an hour. Add to bath water for rheumatic pain and chilblains.
Tincture: Take 2-4ml three times a day
INFUSION: ¼ litre of boiling water is poured over 1 heaped teaspoon of Horsetail.
POULTICE: A heaped double handful of Horsetail is placed in a sieve, which is hung over boiling water. When the herbs are hot and soft, they are wrapped in a piece of linen and applied to the affected part. Keep absolutely warm!
SITZ BATH: 100 gm. of Horsetail are steeped in cold water overnight, the next day brought to the boil and added to the bath water. 20 minutes are required for a bath. Don’t dry yourself, still wet, wrap up in a bath robe, remain perspiring in bed for 1 hour. The bath water must reach above the kidney region.
TINCTURE: 10 gm. of fresh Horsetail are macerated in 50 gm. of pure whisky. Keep in the sun or a warm place for 14 days. Shake daily!
PULP COMPRESS: Fresh Horsetail is washed well and crushed to pulp on a wooden board
Safety or precautions:
- It can be an irritant and should only be used internally for a limited period.
- Not for use with children
- Do not use when pregnant or breastfeeding