Horsetail Extract

About Horsetail Extract

Horsetail is a vascular plant, from the genus Equisetum, that reproduces by spores rather than seeds. It can be found around the world, with the exception of Antarctica. It has an ancient history as an herbal remedy used to treat a variety of conditions including ulcers and wounds. In traditional Chinese and Native American medicine, horsetail extract was widely used to speed up the healing of broken bones and wounds.

Today, it is still consumed by some individuals, usually as a diuretic or laxative, or to aid certain conditions, such as brittle bones. However, regular use is typically cautioned and evidence to suggest that consuming the herbal remedy has any health benefits has not been substantiated.

Commonly found in many hair care products, Horsetail, when combined with other healthy hair ingredients, has demonstrated to be quite beneficial.


How It Works

Horsetail extract is rich in minerals, including silica and selenium, that have proven effective in helping the body rebuild injured tissue.

Silica has been found to be particularly beneficial in hair care products, such as Nature’s Aid Natural Shampoo, as it helps promote stronger, healthier looking hair. When applied topically, this herbal remedy removes excess oil from the skin or scalp, supporting overall hair health. Horsetail is also said to have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, further promoting healthy skin and scalp.


Common Concerns

Horsetail extract is considered to be extremely safe and a non-irritant when applied topically.


Quick Facts

Binomial Name: Equisetum Hiemale
Common Name: Horsetail Extract
Source: Horsetail plant
EWG Score: 1


Proven and Possible Benefits


Hair care Hair growth Oily scalp


Wounds Burns




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