Bulk Horsetail (Shavegrass) Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

Equisetum arvense
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Horsetail (Shavegrass) Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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1/4 Pound:  $3.91 Pound:  $8.69 out of stock   |   ETA: 03/02/2024  

Horsetail, also known as Shavegrass and Snake Grass, is known as a living fossil because it is the only surviving species in its genus. The plant gets its common name from the fact that the erect stems resemble a horse's tail.

The fresh aerial parts of the herb are eaten as a spring vegetable, while the dried herb is used for teas and as a bath herb.

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information at a glance

approx cups to one pound15
active compoundsMinerals: Silicic acids and silicates, Potassium, Sulphur, Manganese, Magnesium; Flavonoids: Quercetin glycosides; Phenolic acids, Alkaloids, Equisetonin, Phytosterols: Cholesterol, Isofucosterol, Campesterol; Tannins.
plant part usedAerial parts
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a cool, dark cabinet in a tightly-sealed container.
appearance & aromaWeedy and grass-like with a slightly sweet scent.


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cosmeticUse water-based infusions in homemade shampoos and conditioner. Infuse in oil for use in creams, lotions and balms.
culinarySprinkle over cooked vegetables, pasta and other foods. May be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
safetyThose with kidney disorders or thiamine deficiency should avoid horsetail.

flavor profile

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horsetail / shavegrass

Mildly bitter, but lacks flavor otherwise. Combine with other herbs to improve taste in tea blends and in foods.

formulas & recipes

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horsetail / shavegrass

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what else you should know

cut & sifted
horsetail / shavegrass

The Latin name Equisetum is from equus, horse, and seta, bristle. The common name is indicative the plant's resemblance to the tail of a horse.

Horsetail is native to Pangaea. Considered to be a living fossil, it has changed very little in millions of years. Essentially identical to their prehistoric ancestors, but for the fact that ancient horsetail, based on fossil evidence, were 100-200 feet in height. Comprising huge forests, arborescent horsetails were dominant in the Carboniferous lowland swamps of prehistoric times. They are given their very own family with only one remaining genus, Equisetum, of 25 species of spreading rhizomatous, flowerless, often marginal, aquatic perennials.

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