Pewterwort - Equisetum arvense

Sue Abonyi

Sandy, United States

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Sporophole and sterile vegetative growth.
Bottle-brush, Dutch Rushes, Paddock-pipes, Scouring Rush, Shave-grass, Toadpipe

Rich in minerals, has diuretic properties. It is prescribed to care for conjunctive tissues (cartilage, tendons, and bones) and also polyps, epistasis, and bleeding. The buds are eaten as a vegetable in Japan.
Contains silicon dioxide crystals – the dried plant in the past was used to polish pewter, wood and to polish fingernails.

In herbalism it used to treat kidney and bladder problems, gastro-enteritis, and prostate and urinary infections. Externally it is used for chilblains and wounds.

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