How many times have we heard the expression “You are what you eat”? As tired as I am of hearing that phrase, it is so true. What we consume affects how our body functions…our circulation…our productivity…our energy levels and yes our outer appearance (hair, skin, and nails). Sometimes we are so concerned with our exterior that we do not worry enough about our interior. However, i;m here to reiterate, both go hand in hand.
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am no stranger to drinking my green drinks (spinach, collard greens, cucumber an occasionally chard). I learned that all of these vegetables assist in strengthening the hair. But the secret to healthy hair is not only found in a green smoothie, but in tea, as well. I used to take horsetail pills back in the dizzay and I simply got lazy. Plus they aren’t that easy to find. I luckily got my hands on some horsetail tea to help with my hair and nail growth. But what is horsetail? I will give you the deets below.
Now I’m sure you’re saying horsetail? She’s drinking tea that comes from horses? I thought the the same thing when I was first found to this tea during my daily hair research. Well, its anherb. Equisetum or horsetail is a plant that has often been used for medicinal purposes. It is used treat urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention,weight loss, jaundice, and it is also used to strengthen weak brittle bones. It helps heals burns when used topically and it contains chemicals that potentially have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (WebMD).Sounds pretty amazing, huh?
I drink horsetail tea for hair and nail growth purposes. Duh, did you think I did for any other reason? Horsetail tea contains high amounts of magnesium, potassium, aluminum and flavanoids (horsetailtea.net). So how does this help hair? Well, horsetail also contains silica which helps strengthen damaged, brittle hair. The tea is used for hair loss and hair growth. You can select to consume the tea or do a tea rinse (pouring the tea on your scalp…after it has cooled, of course). Horsetail helps with circulation, ie. getting the blood pumping! Well, it is also capable of helping scalp circulation and getting the blood flowing to your hair follicles. It contains high amounts of silica which plays a major role in strengthening damaged and weakened hair strands.
Applying to the Scalp
- Steep 3-4 horsetail tea bags in a pot of hot water (refer to my black tea rinse post to learn why tea rinses should be added to your regimen)
- Let the bags steep overnight
- Pour cooled tea into a spray bottle
- Spray hair generously, focusing more on the scalp
*Remember, horsetail helps with circulation so it makes total sense to spray the scalp.
A Spot of Tea
- Steep 1 bag of tea in your cup for 5-7 minutes to ensure it is strong enough
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey or a sweetener of choice to your cup
*Most medical websites encourage drinking the tea 3 times a day, but because of the herb’s high mineral contents, I tend to drink it once a day, just to be safe.
SIDE EFFECTS: Horsetail supplements and/or tea should not be taken for long periods of time. There is not enough research to provide the long-term effects of consuming horsetail. However, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, please do not consume. According to WebMD, long-term consumption of horsetail can lead to becoming vitamin deficient of thiamine. If you have a heart condition or diabetes, do not use this herb. Please first speak with your physician before consuming.