Equisetum mother tincture: preparation, properties, benefits and use

The mother tincture of horsetail is a valid diuretic, and is useful against arthritis and the fragility of bones, nails and hair. Let’s find out better. 

Properties of horsetail mother tincture

The active ingredients present in horsetail are: silica, calcium, magnesium, potassium, saponin (equisetonin), flavonic glycosides, small amounts of alkaloids and tannins.

Due to the presence of these mineral salts, in a molecular form highly available to our body, horsetail contributes to the “bone metabolism” and favors the remineralization of the osteo-articular system and hard tissues such as nails and hair.

The corresponding mother tincture of horsetail contains the active ingredients of the plant unaltered, so this too is useful in case of demineralization, for people suffering from ostoporosis or subject to frequent fractures, as it facilitates calcification after trauma and bone lesions.

It also has a strong diuretic action, very useful in case of kidney inflammation and cystitis.

Description of the plant

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a plant of the Equisetaceae family. Curious fern with stem (50 cm) sterile (devoid of flowers and seeds), with green chloroplasts, striped, with verticillated stamens.

The multiplication is ensured by the spores emitted by a second type of stem (20 cm), gray in color because it is free of chlorophyll, which appears at the base of the plant in spring, and is free of chloroplasts, with a strobile at the top.

When the spores fall, the strobilus disappears and the fertile stem becomes similar to the sterile one; it is not uncommon to find horsetail on wet wastelands or along ditches; but also along the slopes, ruderal environments, and sandy and clayey soils.

How to prepare the mother tincture of horsetail

Horsetail tincture is a hydroalcoholic preparation obtained by cold maceration in hydroalcoholic solvent of suitable strength of the fresh plant, if possible.


The traditional uses of horsetail mother tincture are: pain and inflammation in the joints, arthritis, arthrosis, osteoporosis, fractures, tendonitis, genitourinary inflammation, water retention .

Its intake is also indicated in case of fragility of the nails, hair loss, alopecia, skeletal growth of adolescents, menopause, slow metabolism, skin aging, loss of tissue tone .

Horsetail, is also a good diuretic so the mother tincture is also recommended in the treatment of the elimination of metabolic waste, as an astringent on blood vessels and useful against capillary fragility.

Horsetail intake is contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can interact with high blood pressure medications and diuretics. General indications include 30 drops to be diluted in a little water or other beverage, 2/3 times a day for at least a month, but it is always good to hear the opinion of an expert for each individual case.

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