Bulk Horsetail (Shavegrass) Powder, Wild Crafted

Equisetum arvense
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Horsetail (Shavegrass) Powder, Wild Crafted

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Horsetail, commonly referred to as Field Horsetail, belongs to one of the oldest surviving family of plants on the planet with a history dating to the Paleozoic era. This non-flowering plant, which is closely related to the fern, is the most abundant source of silica that exists, and is also rich in calcium and potassium.

Because of the nutritional properties of this herb, horsetail powder is encapsulated as a dietary supplement or used to make "tonics" for house and garden plants.

Powdered horsetail is also used in natural cosmetics, most notably in hair conditioners and shampoos.

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information at a glance

approx cups to one pound8
active compoundsSilicic acids and silicates, Potassium, Sulphur, Manganese, Magnesium; Flavonoids: Quercetin glycosides; Phenolic acids, Alkaloids, Equisetonin, Phytosterols: Cholesterol, Isofucosterol, Campesterol; Tannins.
plant part usedAerial parts

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaGreen powder with a slightly sweet aroma.


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cosmeticAdd to bar soaps, bath scrubs and bath bags. Infuse in oil for use in skin creams and ointments.
culinaryBlend with other herbs as a flavor enhancer for soups, stews, casseroles and other dishes.
householdMake a strong tea of horsetail and use as a natural fertilizer for house and garden plants.
safetyAvoid this herb if you have a known thiamine deficiency or a history of kidney disease.

flavor profile

horsetail / shavegrass

Mildly bitter, similar to hops. Works well in teas with sweet-tasting herbs, such as chamomile or mint.

formulas & recipes

horsetail / shavegrass

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what else you should know

horsetail / shavegrass

Resembling very young bamboo slightly, growing as reeds do, Horsetail stems are spreading, branching, joined, and black-tinged, the leaves are tiny and brown tinged, joined to form sheaths. Propagation is by spores produced in sacs in the strobilus (cone-shaped crown of stems.) Spores become airborne gametophytes, germinating into archegonia (egg) or antheridia (sperm). These two meet in water and reproduction begins.

Horsetail is considered to be the highest single-plant source of naturally occurring silica. Silica and oxygen are the most prevalent elements on the surface of Earth. The abrasive quality of its silica-rich texture provides a good polishing agent for use on wood and metal surfaces, resulting in the common name of pewterwort.

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