Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What is Horsetail?

Hey Y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. It's so hard to believe it is already December and Christmas is just around the corner.

Today's post is about the herb horsetail, botanical name, euisetum arvense. Horsetail grows throughout Europe, Asia southwards as far as Turkey, the Himalayas, Iran, central and north China and Japan. It also grows in North America from Greenland and Alaska to Texas.

The dried green and fresh sterile shoots of horsetail are used for medicinal purposes. During the year, horsetail appears in two forms. From March to April, the red-brown to yellow stem develops with leaves in a number of levels on the stem in whorls. The leaves are brown, fused to a sheath at the lower level with black tipped, sporangia cones at the tip sprinkling a greenish spore powder. From May to June, the sterile form high stems and many branches arranged in whorls at the nodes. The stem and branches are deeply grooved and are usually square and rough.

In folk medicine, horsetail is used for poorly healing wounds, ulcers, swelling, fractures and for brittle finger nails and loss of hair. You can find horsetail in our Cactus Nail Balm. Strengthen nails and nourish cuticles with this blend of oils and horsetail. Perfect for everyday moisturizing for healthy digits and is packaged with an applicator brush in the cap. This is a Cactus & Ivy favorite!

Here is what a customer had to say about our Cactus Nail Balm: "Lisa - I seriously, truly love the Cactus Nail Balm. My hands are a mess from soapmaking and in just one day, noticeable difference. I can't stop using it, I love the concept, it's so clever, it smells amazing, and my hands feel so much better. I would heartily recommend your stuff to anybody." Michelle G.
Cleveland Heights, OH

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Lisa M. Rodgers
Creator Extraordinaire
Cactus & Ivy
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