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(Equisetum arvense)
Common Names: Bottlebrush, Dutch Rushes, Field Horsetail, Horsetail, Paddock Pipes, Pewterwort, Scouring Rush.


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Parts Used: All. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: Believed to be effective in treating wounds and other skin problems.

Add to your bath water to improve circulation.

Externally applied to stop bleeding, it also has the reputation for controlling internal bleeding. A poultice can be used to reduce the swelling from inflamed eyes.

The tea has been used to relieve stomach aches and soothe stomach ulcers. Soak your nails in a solution to strengthen them. The tea was used in compresses and washes to treat stubborn skin wounds.

When used as a mouthwash/gargle, it may be effective for treating infections of the mouth and throat.

Native Americans use it as a diuretic when there is difficulty expelling urine.

Native Americans and Mexicans used the dried stems to scour cooking pots while Early American carpenters and other craftsman used the dried stems to smooth and polish woods, ivory and metals.



  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to stand for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped, dried herb. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Steep for 45 minutes.
  4. Strain and discard herb. Allow to cool.
  5. Dosage: 1 mouthful, 4 times a day.


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