Horsetail (Shavegrass)

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Who would have thought that an herb with such a humble name could boast such outstanding qualities!
High in calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A to name a few, this herb is even more impressive because it is very high in iron and silicon.  
In fact, horsetail contains the highest amount of silicon in all the herbs!  Silicon is what makes your hair and fingernails grow healthy and strong!   It makes us more beautiful!   

The Chinese, Romans, Guatemalans, and Native Americans all used horsetail.  The Chinese used it as a diuretic.
The Romans ate the shoots in time of famine.  In Guatemala horsetail was used mostly for treating cancer.  The Native Americans were the ones who called horsetail shavegrass and they used it for a variety of ailments. I make a tea out of the dried herb and use it to strengthen my nails, hair, and bones.  How about you?  How do you use this wonder-herb?

Recipe for Horsetail tea

1 tea bag of your favorite tea
1/2 tsp. Dried Horsetail
8 oz. Boiling water

Steep tea bag and horsetail in the hot water.
Remove tea bag after 3-5 minutes.
Continue to steep horsetail for up to 3 hours.
Strain, sweeten, and serve over ice.

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