Horsetail (Equisetum) is an herb that’s found in a ton of natural beauty products, from conditioners to balms to styling products. This herb is wonderful for your skin, hair and nails, and the best part? You can easily add it in your own DIY beauty products. Grow horsetail yourself in your garden, or buy it from your local herb shop.
So what’s so great about horsetail?
Tons of silica
Horsetail contains the most silica out of any known plant on Earth. Silica is a vital part of collagen, that stuff in your skin, bones, and cartilage. By using products that are rich in silica, you’ll notice stronger, healthier skin and hair. Horsetail helps repair damage and protect your cells from further stress.
Rich in minerals
This herb is also rich in minerals like potassium, selenium, and manganese. Your bones, skin, and hair all require high mineral levels to grow, so this is really helpful! The minerals promote hair growth, nail growth, skin regeneration, and skin/hair elasticity.
Horsetail is a natural antiseptic, which means it’s also an astringent – it helps reduce excessive oil and build-up. It’s excellent as a scalp treatment for oiliness, flakes, dandruff, or product build-up. On the face and skin, it’s lovely for treating eczema and other issues.
How to Use Horsetail
You can apply horsetail topically to see many of these benefits. Use it in shampoo, conditioner, masques, hair rinses, creams, balms, or soaks.
To make a simple hair rinse with horsetail, simply combine:
2-4 teaspoons of dried horsetail
1 cup of boiled water
Add the horsetail to a cup of hot, but not boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain the dried herb. Apply the rinse onto the hair and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and style.
You can also drink this hair rinse as a tea! Drink it 2-3 times per day with honey, and you’ll see the same benefits that you would if you applied it to your hair and skin directly.