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(Equisetum arvense - a.k.a. Horsetail)

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SHAVEGRASS (Equisetum arvense - a.k.a. Horsetail)

Shavegrass a.k.a. Horsetail

DESCRIPTION: Most famously known as Horsetail, Shavegrass is a perennial herb plant native in arctic and temperate regions in the Northern hemisphere. It grows as an underground stem system with fertile stems produced in early spring. It’s called horsetail due to its bristly appearance of the jointed stems of the plant. They are germinated via spores in a similar process as ferns.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Used as a diuretic, astringent and fluid retention. Used for kidney and bladder disturbances and to treat urinary incontinence. Has also been used in the treatment of joint diseases, gout, osteoarthritis, and weak bones.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: For short term use. When taken as a diuretic, drink extra water. Do not ingest if taking an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure and if you have congestive heart failure.

PARTS USED: Stems

GENERAL USAGE: Used in the treatment of bladder infections, kidney disease, and osteoporosis. Also applied topically as an astringent to stop the bleeding and promote healing of wounds and reduce eye swelling.

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