horsetail tea

Horsetail Tea: Easy Preparation and Benefits

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Every spring and early summer, I’m naturally drawn to the damp, shady areas near my favorite foraging spot here in Eastern Connecticut—it’s horsetail season! 

The variety I find growing locally is Equisetum hyemale, also known as rough horsetail. It’s easily recognizable by its unique ribbed green stalks. Once I’ve gathered enough, I take it home to dry, ensuring I have a steady supply of horsetail for brewing horsetail tea throughout the year. So far, I have not come across other varieties of horsetail in my area.

Next, I’ll share how I use this specific type of horsetail for tea and discuss its various health benefits.

horsetail tea plant - equisetum hyemale

Horsetail Tea Benefits

As someone who cherishes the wisdom of our ancestors and the bounty of nature, I’ve always been drawn to the simple, yet profound benefits of herbal teas like this recipe for  horsetail tea.

This ancient herb, which once roamed the prehistoric landscapes, is not only a nod to our connection with nature but also a powerhouse of wellness.

In the spirit of self-reliance, let’s delve into the benefits that this unassuming plant has to offer, from its mineral-rich profile to its potential in supporting our body’s natural resilience.

So, grab a cup, and let’s explore together how horsetail tea can be a valuable addition to our herbal apothecaries. 

  • Hair, Skin, and Nails: Horsetail contains silica, a mineral thought to contribute to collagen production. Collagen is like the glue that holds our skin, hair, and nails together, so some people drink horsetail tea to support these areas.
  • Diuretic Effects: Horsetail may act as a diuretic, increasing urination and potentially helping with fluid retention.
  • Antioxidant Effects: Horsetail contains antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and may reduce inflammation. This is crucial for overall health and can particularly benefit those dealing with chronic inflammatory conditions.
  • Supports Joint Health: The anti-inflammatory properties, coupled with the rich mineral content, make horsetail tea a supportive drink for those suffering from joint issues, such as arthritis or general stiffness.

It’s important to remember:

  • Possible Side Effects: Although it has several diverse health benefits, horsetail use can also cause side effects, especially if it is used in high doses or for over a week. It can lead to a strong headache or pancreatitis. 
  • Consult a Doctor: Always talk to your doctor before trying any herbal remedy, especially if you have any underlying health conditions. Horsetail can interact with medications and may not be suitable for everyone.
horsetail plant - equisetum hyemale


Horsetail tea is the primary method for consuming this plant. To prepare it, use dried stems to brew the tea. This beverage is commonly used as a diuretic, helping in the treatment of urinary infections. Additionally, it’s believed to enhance collagen production in the skin and strengthen both hair and nails.


  • 1 -2 teaspoons of dried horsetail stem 
  • 1 cup of boiling water

How to prepare:

  1. Boil Water: Start by bringing a cup of water to a boil.
  2. Measure Herb: Measure out 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried horsetail. If you prefer a stronger tea, use the higher amount.
  3. Steep: Place the dried horsetail in a tea infuser or directly in the cup. Pour the boiling water over the horsetail.
  4. Cover and Infuse: Cover the cup with a lid or a small plate to keep the steam in and let the tea steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavor and herbal properties will be.
  5. Strain and Serve: If you’ve placed the horsetail directly in the cup, strain it out using a fine mesh sieve. Otherwise, simply remove the tea infuser.
  6. Enjoy: Your horsetail tea is ready to drink! You can enjoy it plain or add a sweetener like honey or a slice of lemon for extra flavor.

Remember to consult with a healthcare provider if you’re considering using it for medicinal purposes, especially if you have existing health conditions or are taking other medications.

This tea should not be used for more than 1 week in a row to prevent dehydration and the elimination of essential minerals in the body.


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Please be aware that some plants are poisonous or can have serious adverse health effects. We are not health professionals, medical doctors, or nutritionists. It is essential to consult with qualified professionals for verification of nutritional information, health benefits, and any potential risks associated with edible and medicinal plants mentioned on this website.

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