Body & Soul: Nature's Healing for Garden Hands: Horsetail Nail Strengthener

You can have healthy, well-cared-for hands and a beautiful garden with these practical techniques.

| August/September 2005

Makes 4 ounces
Horsetail can be traced back to prehistoric times. It grew and flourished some 200 million years ago. Today, many people think of horsetail as a pesky weed but it actually is a valuable beauty plant, and can be found growing along roadsides and in wooded areas. The stems have a very high mineral content, and a solution made from them can be used to strengthen nails.

  • 1 teaspoon fresh horsetail stems, chopped
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  1. Place horsetail stems in a ceramic dish. Pour boiling water over them and let sit for 30 minutes. 
  2. Strain off stems and discard. Add honey and stir well. Let this solution sit for a few days. Pour into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. To use: Brush the solution over your nails using a clean cotton swab or small brush, and let dry. Do this every day for 10 to 14 days and you should see an improvement in the condition of your nails.

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