The horsetail is a medicinal plant native of the wetlands of almost all of Brazil. She is also known by the names of Giant horsetail, grass-straw, grass-fleshy and-tail horse.
However, when using the drink it is important to take plenty of water in order to avoid dehydration, as it will stimulate the body to eliminate water.
- 1 2. metabolism Acceleration
- 2 3. Skin
- 3 4. Nails and hair
- 4 5. Antioxidant action
- 5 6. anti-inflammatory property
- 6 7. Antimicrobial activity
- 7 8. memory and cognition
- 8 9. Osteoporosis
- 9 10. Bronchitis, cough, cold and flu
- 10 11. tonsillitis, gingivitis, and mouth sores
- 11 horsetail tea recipe
- 12 Care of horsetail tea
2. metabolism Acceleration
The drink can be used as an adjunct to diet to lose weight thanks to its metabolism acceleration effect. When the metabolism works faster, the process of burning calories and fat becomes more efficient.
This is important to lose weight due to the fact that to lose weight you need to burn a greater amount of calories than the amount consumed.
However, you can not rely only on horsetail tea consumption to eliminate the excess pounds. It can take a forcinha, however, to achieve this goal is still necessary to follow a balanced, nutritious diet, controlled and healthy, as well as physical activities regularly.
The horsetail has astringent property, i.e., helps in reducing oily skin and combat and prevent the appearance of pimples. The plant also collaborates with the skin elasticity and combating sagging.
The crushed herb can be applied to the skin to help treat wounds, skin diseases, burns and chilblains.
4. Nails and hair
The medicinal plant is still associated with the benefits of strengthening and growth of nails and hair. Mix the dried herb two teaspoons with a glass of water and dipping the fingernails in the mixture is a way to treat fragile and brittle nails.
Studies have shown that the silica present in horsetail can help the health of hair and benefit cases of hair loss and split ends. It is believed that taking the tea plant and use shampoos made on the basis of horsetail extract helps rejuvenate, nourish, strengthen and brightness to hair suffering from dandruff.
5. Antioxidant action
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food (Journal of Food Medicine, free translation) in 2010 ranked mackerel as a natural source of antioxidants. The antioxidant is important for the human organism because fighting the action of free radicals, substances that cause malignant diseases such as cancer and promote aging.
6. anti-inflammatory property
Another survey, this time published in a 2004 edition of the publication Pharmacal Research (search Pharmacy area, free translation) exhibited anti-inflammatory properties of medicinal plant in mice, which helped to reduce swelling in pets by 30%.
The anti-inflammatory action of horsetail is associated with pain relief and help to decrease or prevent bleeding caused by hemorrhoids.
7. Antimicrobial activity
A 2006 study found that mackerel has an essential oil which contains 25 components that provide antimicrobial activity against some varieties of germs and fungi.
Its antimicrobial action, along with its anti-inflammatory effect, as we speak in the discussion above, can also aid in relation to irritation and removal of pus caused by boils, the carbuncles (bacterial skin infection that usually affects the neck and back) and wounds. For this, you must use the horsetail in compresses and ointments.
8. memory and cognition
Brazilian researchers did an experiment with mice found that the horsetail tea can help improve memory and cognition in both the short term and long term. It is believed that the effect is possible due to the antioxidant action of the medicinal plant.
A mixture of calcium can assist with horsetail on bone density. The mixture has been used in Italy to prevent fractures improve the strengthening of bones.
It is believed that the effect is associated with high silicon content found in the plant. The consumption of the compound through food has been linked to increased effect of bone mineral density in men and women in the pre-menopausal stage.
10. Bronchitis, cough, cold and flu
Taking horsetail tea can help treat conditions such as bronchitis, dry cough, nasal obstruction and changes in body temperature associated with colds and flu.
It is believed that inhaling vapor drink can reduce nasal obstruction and the intake horsetail tea two to three times per day contributes to the treatment of cough and other respiratory problems.
11. tonsillitis, gingivitis, and mouth sores
A mouthwash made with horsetail tea can help treat inflamed tonsils, bleeding gums and mouth sores. The indication is to gargle with the mouthwash for one to three minutes.
horsetail tea recipe
- 2 tablespoons horsetail;
- 500 ml of water.
Method of preparation:
- Place the mackerel in a container;
- Boil the water;
- After transfer to the boiling water container horsetail;
- Leave stuffy for five minutes. Strain and serve.
It is recommended to consume the tea throughout the day. The recommended daily amount of tea is two to three cups.
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Care of horsetail tea
The drink should not be consumed by pregnant women or are in process of breastfeeding their babies, children and people suffering from low blood pressure, vitamin B1 deficiency and have risk of potassium deficiency.
People with diabetes should be careful when taking the horsetail tea and monitor their levels of blood sugar because their consumption may encourage the development of hypoglycemia (glucose low rates in the blood).
Before using the drink to aid in the treatment of disease or weight loss, it is essential to consult the doctor you trust to make sure that the drink is right for you.
Moreover, it is important not to rely only on horsetail tea to treat health conditions and follow all your doctor has told about the problem in question. If you are taking any medication, ask your doctor also about whether or not the interaction of horsetail with the medicine.
The use of horsetail should be short-term and last up to two months. By using a supplement to know the plant, it is recommended to take a break one week after a month of use, before returning to consumption.