The great philosopher Rudolf Steiner recognized and recommended two herbs more than any other: horsetail and nettle. For those familiar with the body of work Steiner brought to the Earth, listening to Steiner and taking action with these herbs is highly worthwhile. This is because horsetail has a high Ormus mineral content in general and silicon in particular. Silicon is essential for hair, skin, and fingernail health.
Why it's so good for you:
Horsetail has been known to promote the following:
- Helps to repair cartilage, bones, and connective tissues
- Cleanses the kidneys
- Functions as a urinary anti-infective and astringent
- Helps expel toxins from the body
- Acts as a very powerful antifungal
Note: The best way to use horsetail is as a dried herb that is then added to tea. This is not a tonic herb. Do not use long term continuously. Only small amounts are necessary.
Stinging nettle has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, diuretics and remedies for joint problems were made from stinging nettle. Nettle leaf is also known to be an excellent source of the bone-building silicon.
Stinging nettle leaf and root has been used for hundreds of years to treat disorders of the muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use nettle root to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate; for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and hay fever; or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains, strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
In animal studies, nettle leaf and root have been shown to relieve pain, have mild anti-inflammatory effects, and lower blood sugar levels.
The entire plant is covered with tiny stinging hairs, mostly on the underside of the leaves and stem. Each of these stinging hairs is pressurized with an explosive sting potential. These needles can sting the skin leaving pains of various sorts that may last hours; yet amazingly, our oral mouth environment will deactivate a sting in under 30 seconds, making nettle leaves edible.
Nettle is available as dried leaf or root, as tea, as leaf and root tinctures, and in encapsulated form.
Prepare nettle tea by adding dried leaves or dried root to pure spring water. Heat the water containing the herbs for 30 to 50 minutes without boiling. Drink three to four cups of nettle tea a day.
Nettle has been known to promote the following:
- Improves resistance to pollens, environmental pollutants, and molds
- Nourishes and tones the veins; help prevent blood clotting
- Contains anti inflammatory properties
- Cleanses the blood of toxins and eliminate waste in the kidneys and liver
- Contains large amounts of nutrients, especially iron, good calcium, silicon and potassium
- Alkalizes the metabolism
- Helps remove uric acid
- Prevents calcification in the kidneys and joints
- Curbs appetite
- Improves energy levels
- Fights candida
- Helps tone tissues, muscles, arteries, and skin
- Increases bone mineralization due to its silicon content