With our emphasis on the skeletal system this month, our “Simple”—a single herb used for medicinal purposes—is Horsetail.
Horsetail has mild diuretic and kidney nourishing properties, making it helpful for encouraging the release of fluid in the body and for nourishing the kidney and urinary tract. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are directly related to the skeletal system and are said to “build the bones”. The connection lies in the function of the kidney to flush acid waste from the body and when this waste is not eliminated adequately the body must neutralize the acid to keep a proper PH level. The body completes the alkalizing step by using minerals and if there is not enough mineral “reserve” in the system, they will be borrowed from the bones. If this borrowing system occurs frequently throughout one’s life, it can lead to structural problems such as neck and back pain, weakness in the legs and ankles and even osteoporosis. Herbs like horsetail that have mineral electrolytes can help the kidneys flush waste as well as replenish mineral reserves. This helps keep the body from having to borrow from our skeletal system.
Horsetail is especially high in the mineral silica. This is a natural compound made of two of earth’s most abundant material: silicon and oxygen and is found naturally in the body’s tissues. Silica adds elasticity to tissues, making them strong and not brittle. It is an essential element in collagen that helps hold our body together, providing elasticity, flexibility, and strength to the skeletal system.
Horsetail favors sandy soil and grows well in North America. It is hearty and, once planted, can be hard to eradicate. So, plant wisely 😊
Using horsetail in a powder (capsule) form or tincture is recommended. It can be combined with other herbals for maximum benefit. For hair, skin, and nails add Irish moss. For urinary health, adding cornsilk is helpful.
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Kimberly Anderson, ND
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat or diagnose disease.