+ I recently spent some time concocting an herbal hair rinse made out of the plant Horsetail. The Horsetail plant comes from the family Equisetaceae, the genus Equietum, and is an incredibly beneficial plant that grows in the temperate northern hemisphere areas. It typically can be found in Asia, Europe, North America, and North Africa and is prolific around the area I’m calling home in the pacific northwest. This plant has a root system that grows fast into the earth [reportedly up to six feet deep!] so it is able to absorb beneficial nutrients that other plants can’t reach. Sah dope!
+ I’m going to get a bit technical with you for a moment, so bare with me! The make-up of Horsetail is as follows: saponins [which help to create a lather during use of the rinse], flavone-glycosides [which stimulate circulation in the scalp by ‘waking up’ the tiny blood vessels], and silica [which gives body to the hair]. This herbal hair rinse also helps to restore the scalp’s natural acidity, giving a healthy shine to the hair.
Harvest approximately 16 horsetail stems about 6-8 inches long. Pound the horsetail stems with your fist or a spoon against a hard surface before placing them in a container [I used a mason jar]. Boil approximately 2 pints of water and pour over the horsetail stems to create an infusion. Cover and let the stems infuse the water, until lukewarm, then strain off and jar the liquid. The end result will be a glowing, golden elixir as shown in the photo below.