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Horsetail 1 Oz. (Shavegrass) (Equisetum arvense)

Horsetail 1 Oz. (Shavegrass) (Equisetum arvense)

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One ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher. Please note that this product will ship as Shavegrass.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), also known as field horsetail, common horsetail or Shavegrass, claims a history dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Back then, it was used as a natural remedy for various ailments, including bleeding, ulcers, and even tuberculosis. The name itself reflects its physical characteristics. Equisetum comes from the Latin words "equus" (horse) and "seta" (bristle), referencing the plant's hollow, ribbed stems that resemble a horse's tail. The species name "arvense" indicates its preferred habitat – fields and arable land.

Medicinally, horsetail has been prized for its high silica content, which contributes to bone health, though scientific evidence is limited. However, due to the presence of toxins in some horsetail species, it's crucial for proper identification before using it for any medicinal purposes. Consulting a qualified herbalist is highly recommended.

Horsetail's abrasive texture due to silica crystals earned it a place not just in medicine but also in practical applications. Historically, people used dried horsetail stems for scouring and polishing metal, particularly pewterware, giving rise to nicknames like "scouring rush" and "pewterwort." Interestingly, the culinary applications of horsetail are minimal and debated. Some cultures have consumed it in soups or teas, but due to the toxins, it's generally not recommended for ingestion.

Finally, horsetail holds a place in the realm of magic. It's been associated with purification, protection, and wishes.

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