HORSETAIL HERBAL EXTRACT
Scientific name: Equisetum arvense
Family name: Equisetaceae, horsetail
BEST FOR DEHYDRATED AND OILY SKIN
The above ground portion of horsetail is used cosmetically for its nutritive properties. Its active constituents include: flavonoids, caffeic acid derivatives, sterols, rare carboxylic acids such as equisetolic acid (named after the plant), and saponins. It is used in facial steams, toners, lotions and bath herbs. Horsetail is astringent and antioxidant, and as a result is excellent for oily skin and enlarged pores as well as edema (water retention). It is also used in shampoos, conditioners and hair rinses for oily hair and dandruff as well as to strengthen fragile hair. Drinking horsetail regularly as a tea is said to help strengthen the growth of hair and nails and prevent brittleness.