Horsetail in folk and traditional medicine
Horsetail in the people has many names that characterize certain properties of the plant. For example, padivolos, tolkachnik, pestushki, luskovets, pine field. Old people used horsetail as a means of stopping bleeding well. Later it became known about his diuretic and antidisentery effects. Tubers of plants, our ancestors used as food. This is confirmed by the vessels filled with them, which were found during excavations. Knowing that the horsetail has very curative properties, Avicenna recommended it to his patients. He advised fresh plant juice to be used externally for lotions for various wounds and ulcers. Infusion of herbs in wine Avicenna treated tumors of the stomach and liver, bloody diarrhea and dropsy.
Horsetail: botanical characteristic
This is a herbaceous perennial plant. At various times, sporiferous shoots (stalks and branches) develop on it. They are barren.Straight stems up to 25 cm high appear in early spring. At their apex there is a spore-bearing spikelet, and in the nodes - dentate vagina. On the rhizomes in the beginning of summer, branches-shoots 40 cm long develop. They have no spikelets and are located around the stem in whorls. Branches and stems ribbed. The leaves of the horsetail have underdeveloped, their role is played by tubular dentate vagina. This plant is odorless, tough and rough to the touch, sour to the taste. Horsetail grass is harvested from July to August. In dry weather, shoots are cut, leaving at least 5 cm above the soil surface. Dry in the attic, laying out a loose thin layer, and if the weather permits - on the street. In the finished form, the grass must meet the following requirements: have a grayish-green color, a faint odor and a slightly sour taste. Horsetail remains usable for 48 months.
Horsetail: use in herbal medicine
Herbal preparations based on this plant are used as a means of increasing urine excretion in heart diseases. They have a therapeutic effect from the first day of admission. And even a few days later, the diuresis remains elevated.Horsetail is also included in the Traskov mixture, which is used in asthma. Fresh juice of this plant, as noted by ancient healers, stops various bleeding. However, with nephritis, horsetail is contraindicated, as the kidneys are too irritating. Drugs based on it are used externally for purulent wounds, chronic ulcers.
Horsetail: application in traditional medicine
Herbs have long been used for internal bleeding. But the use of plants in the people is not limited to this. Drink his infusions with gallstone disease, with polyarthritis, edema, gout, malaria, cystitis, inflammation of the sciatic nerve. With heavy menstruation, horsetail grass is mixed in equal proportions with a shepherd's bag. Insist two large spoons of raw materials in two glasses of boiling water and drink 3-4 times. There are also recommendations of cosmetologists to use horsetail grass in the preparation of masks for the treatment of inflammation on oily skin, acne. You just need to grind it, moisturize and put on problem areas for 15 minutes. After rinsing the mask with warm water, oily skin should be powdered, and dry - lubricated with cream.