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The Not so Obvious Benefit of Horsetail

I am sure we are all familiar with taking horsetail as a supplement for hair growth. Aptly named for those wishing to grow hair 'long and strong' as a horse's mane, this precious herb has additional benefits beyond just beauty.

Post one in my new metal detox mini-series.

With us fast approaching the winter season, there is usually an increase in moisture in the air, whether that is rain, snow, sleet, and so on. With this uptick in precipitation, there is also an increase in aluminum exposure.

This exposure increase is due to the fact that, while aluminum is always in our air here in the US and does eventually drift down where we can breathe it in, the above-mentioned precipitation can speed that process up. This means that there is a greater amount of aluminum in our breathing air than in the less precipitous months of the year.

This does not just translate to more aluminum particulates that we breathe in but also more than gets rained onto the crops this time of year, as well as making its way into our drinking water. If you have a rain collection system, whether for crops, dry season, animals, etc., that will now be taking in excess aluminum as well.

What happens with the increase in aluminum particles around us, is it now means there is more IN our bodies as well. This can develop into a toxicity within the body. Aluminum toxicity can show itself in various ways such as swollen tonsils, coughing, increased mucous, and inflammation (and more). This inflammation, with an accompanying decrease in tissue vitality, creates space and the right situation for infections to take hold within the body.

Now, everyone's level of tolerance is going to be different. That said, if you'd like to give yourself a leg up, in the event that you happen to have a higher likelihood of holding onto the aluminum in your body or just have a lower tolerance level or perhaps are slow to be able to excrete it, then you may be looking for a supplement to aid your body. Also, it is worth noting that there are toxic forms of aluminum that you really do not want in your body anyway.

And yes, our bodies are made to filter out 'bad' things, like excess metals, but not in the amount that is common to our environment in these modern times. Therefore, a supplement to aid this process, of removing the aluminum from our bodies, is not at all a bad idea.

The supplement of choice in today's mini-series blog post is horsetail. If you are ready to run over to Amazon to place an order to make a quick run to CVS or Walmart (or any other big chain store for that matter), take a moment to jog over to my 'quick and dirty' article on supplement suppliers and why where you purchase matters.

There are several ways to take in horsetail. One of the best is to harvest yourself. For a lot of people, that is not feasible so you can get this as a dried herb, from a reliable herbs shop. With both of the above options, you simply turn it into a tea. See below for a super simple tea recipe.

Tea Ingredients & Directions

1 tablespoon dried horsetail 8-12 oz hot water

optional add raw, unfiltered honey to taste

Place the dried herb into a loose-leaf tea diffuser and place into a mug. Pour hot/boiling water over the diffuser. Now would be the time to add the honey, if desired. Cover (if you have a tea mug designed with a lid, if not, skip this step). Allow to steep for at least 10 min, longer if stronger is desired. Enjoy! Caution, it will be hot so use common sense here. Hot tea not your thing? No worries. Place the herb into a mason jar (or any jar with a water tight lid for that matter) and add water. Place in fridge and steep overnight. Strain in the morning and enjoy!

For those of you saying, "Uh Doc, I have no known way of acquiring horsetail herb". Stick around for the next post in this metal detox mini-series where I will be covering an easy-to-use supplement you can acquire from my dispensary.

This page is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice nor does it contain enough information for wildcrafting or other similar practices. Please consult with your healthcare provider prior to making any dietary or supplement changes. The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.

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