Friday, August 24, 2012

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) for Superpower Hair

Lots of teas are good for your hair, but one that excels is horsetail (Equisetum arvense). If you're looking to imbibe your hair with superpowers, this is your herb.

After I discussed horsetail during yesterday's Nappturalite Radio interview, which you can hear at the bottom of this post, I thought it'd be nice to give you the lowdown here on the blog. And if you're visiting for the first time, welcome! Glad to have you along!

So, how do you use horsetail? You can either drink it or wear it. Either way, it's prepared the same. I find that simmering it seems to bring out the most silica, which is what gives your hair shine and strength. Put a heaping teaspoon of horsetail per cup of water into a pan and simmer it for about five or ten minutes, or until the herb starts sinking to the bottom of the pan instead of floating like a bunch of grass trimmings. Turn off the heat and allow the tea to cool. Strain it well, especially if you plan to drink it.

Now you have two choices, remember? Drink it or wear it. If you prefer to drink it, you'll also be feeding your nails, your skin, even your connective tissue. It's a nutritive tea, so bottoms up! Feel free to drink it every day.

Wanna wear it instead? Take it to the shower with you. After you've washed your hair, pour it on and leave it. No rinsing it back out. You'll notice your hair is shinier and more manageable. You may also notice that water beads up on it! That's just the silica doing the water-off-a-duck's-back trick. (Silica's such a showoff.)

One last word before I leave you to make your tea: Make sure to get certified organic horsetail.  If it's not, you risk getting herb that's sucked up pesticides, even heavy metals, that may have been downstream from its watery home. So go for the good stuff. I like Frontier Bulk Horsetail Herb, Cut & Sifted, CERTIFIED ORGANIC, in the 1 lb. package. It's cheap, and a pound will last you till the cows (or the horses) come home.

Want to hear more about horsetail and other herbal teas for hair? Be sure to check out August 23rd's episode of Nappturalite Radio! You'll hear what else I and others have to say about the health benefits of tea for hair and beauty.

Let's Have Tea! Benefits of Tea & Aromatherapy 08/23 by Nappturalite Radio | Blog Talk Radio

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