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Horsetail

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Traditionally, horsetail was used to treat fungicidal problems such as athlete's foot eg. infusions poured into baths and foot baths. It was also used to calm itching skin irritations.

Today it is used in clarifying astringents, and for its skin regenerating properties in conditions such as eczema. Horsetail (whole plant) contains up to 8% silicon, and, used dried and ground, can be added to toothpastes to help remove tartar.

To use horsetail for skin and hair products, make an infusion - use 20g dried horsetail per litre of water. For compresses use 40g/litre of water.

 

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