Horsetail grass

Nom latin

NOM LATIN

Equisetum arvense

Nom Vernaculaire

NOM COMMUN

Prêle des champs

Famille

FAMILLE

Equicetaceae

Type

TYPE

Plante vivace

Partie(s) de la plante utilisée(s)

PARTIE(S) DE LA PLANTE UTILISÉE(S)

Partie aérienne

Field horsetail, Equisetum arvense, belongs to the Equicetaceae family. Historically used to scour and polish metals and wood, it is also known as scouring brush, bottle brush and cat's tail.
This plant does not flower or produce seeds; it reproduces by means of spores which form at the top of the brown stems that emerge in spring. Its use dates back to the 17th century in Europe: at that time horsetail grass was already used for its properties to support elimination. It is known to facilitate elimination functions and weight loss when used in addition to a balanced diet (in a dose of 400 mg of the plant's sterile aerial parts), and to ease joints by contributing to cartilage resistance (in a dose of 180 mg/day).

Field horsetail can also be used in cosmetics for its firming properties.