How to Make Horsetail Tea

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Drinking horsetail tea is an excellent way to detoxify the body and strengthen your bones, but there are some potential side effects you should know about as well.

What is Horsetail Tea?

Horsetail tea is an herbal tea brewed from the dried leaves of Equisetum, the last remaining genus in an ancient family of vascular plants. Horsetail tea contains a high level of silica and calcium, as well as magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc, and, manganese. It also has a wide range of vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, saponins, and sterols, all of which can affect health in various ways.

Most commonly found in North America, these plants are actually found throughout the world, primarily in non-tropical regions of the Northern hemisphere. Although these have been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years – and likely even longer – modern research has been somewhat inconclusive about the exact benefits of this tea or the extracts.

Closeup of a cup of tea with a horsetail twig on the saucer.

Horsetail tea has many health benefits. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

How to Make Horsetail Tea?

You can brew horsetail tea easily at home, provided you can find the right ingredients. Let’s take a look at an easy way to make this tea at home.

Closeup of a cup of tea with a horsetail twig on the saucer.

How to Make Horsetail Tea

Horsetail Tea is historically known to repair tissues and bone related problems. This herbal infusion is useful for healing and strengthening the body. There is so much more to this tea than what meets the eye. So what are we waiting for? Let's get started with the recipe already.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Others
Keyword: Horsetail Tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

Instructions

  • To make horsetail tea, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Add 2-3 teaspoons of dried horsetail to a teapot.
  • Pour the hot water over the dried leaves.
  • Steep the tea for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea, add honey or any other preferred sweetener for flavor and enjoy your cup of tea!
    Close-up of two cups and saucers of tea and kettle at the back on a white surface.

Benefits

The key benefits of this tea include the following:

  • Improved nail and bone health
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Haircare
  • Improved circulation
  • Better digestion
  • Delay in premature aging
  • Lower risk of chronic diseases

This tea has the ability to strengthen the bones and nails, thanks to its wide range of minerals. Furthermore, it is known as a diuretic, which can aid in the detoxification of the body, while also purifying the blood. This tea has also been linked to stimulating the growth of the hair and boosting circulation. Digestive issues can be improved thanks to the antioxidants, and your skin can be protected from premature aging. If you regularly suffer from respiratory problems, the anti-inflammatory nature of this tea can soothe even the worst symptoms. Finally, the range of antioxidants lowers inflammation in the body and reduces your risk of various health conditions.

Side Effects

There are a number of potential side effects when consumed in excess, such as the following:

  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Stomach upset
  • Dangerously low blood sugar levels
  • Deficiency in certain key electrolytes

Be sure to only consume this tea regularly for a week, and then take a break. Continuous use of this tea can cause a number of unwanted side effects.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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