Are Horsetail Vitamins Good for the Hair?

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Culturally, spiritually, mystically...In all ways, hair has long been recognized as a source of beauty and power. On a more aesthetic level, we are constantly bombarded with images of smiling women with beautiful, flowing, shiny hair and handsome men sporting thick, lustrous locks. It's something we all want. Perhaps ancient horsetail vitamins can help with your desire for gorgeous locks.

What Is Horsetail?

In ancient China and Europe, horsetail was used topically and internally to treat a wide spectrum of injuries, ailments and afflictions, including hair loss. Today horsetail is used in much the same way. It can be found in vitamins, shampoo, tinctures, creams, and teas.

Is Horsetail Good For Hair?

Alice Hunter, on Hair Growth Portal, reports that horsetail products have "impressive records of success and replenishment" in strengthening hair growth. Used in combination with other remedies like flaxseed oil, the results are even greater.

Benefits

The silica in horsetail strengthens weak hair, making it sleek and shiny. Taken internally, horsetail improves blood circulation, stimulating hair follicles for renewed hair growth.

Best Use

According to Hunt, the most potent form of horsetail comes in a freeze dried capsule. Liquid extract can also be diluted in water and sipped.

Horsetail Tea

Stir up a healthy beverage to get your blood flowing. Add 1 tablespoon of dried, crushed horsetail to 1 cup of hot (not boiling) water. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to aid silica release.

Safety

According to the "Health Journal" study, horsetail is generally considered safe. However, it should not be used in large amounts or for long periods of time, as this could cause a deficiency in thiamin (vitamin B1).

Precautions

Children, pregnant women and women who are breast feeding should not use horsetail. Be sure to use the correct species of horsetail--the species "equisetum palustre" is a toxin and known livestock poison.

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