Puzzlegrass Tea (A.K.A. Equisetum and Horsetail)


Puzzlegrass is extraordinarily unique, belonging to a family that is millions of years old and linked to a host of health benefits! Get the best Greek puzzlegrass (a.k.a. horsetail) from Shelgo Tea.

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Equisetum, which is also known as horsetail or puzzlegrass, is a member of the equisetidae family, which is millions of years old. This plant has been consumed for thousands of years, used as a food source as well as a medicine, and is said to possess an array of health benefits.

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 20 grams (15 to 30 cups)
  • Origin: Greece
  • Organic: Yes
  • Brew Tips: Use 1 teaspoon per cup & steep for 5 to 7 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

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Health Benefits of Puzzlegrass

Equisetum has not been approved for the treatment of any disease, and, as with all herbs and plants, excessive consumption is not recommended. It should also be avoided by children and pregnant women. However, it has been consumed for many hundreds of years and is said to possess a wealth of health benefits, including:

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Puzzlegrass contains compounds that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Animal tests suggest that extracts of equisetum can reduce pain and inflammation in rodents, with suggestions that it could help with inflammatory disorders like gout and arthritis.

Just like nettle tea, which is also thought to help with inflammatory joint disorders, puzzlegrass may help by introducing inflammatory compounds and acting as a mild diuretic.

Antioxidant Effects

As with many other teas and plants, puzzlegrass contains antioxidant compounds that can fight against free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Antioxidants like those found in equisetum provide a number of benefits relating to physical, mental, and neurological health. A balanced diet rich in naturally occurring antioxidant compounds may help prolong your life, but there are no guarantees, and plants like equisetum play a very small role in that.

Rich in Nutrients

A strong cup of horsetail tea isn’t going to fill your recommended daily nutrient intakes like a multivitamin, but it can provide a top-up of many essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C, E, K and several B vitamins. It also contains iron, copper, and zinc.

In addition, and as noted above, horsetail tea is a rich source of plant compounds that have an antioxidant effect on the body, including polyphenols. It’s these compounds that make most teas healthy, as they work wonders in the body and can help with a host of ailments.

Antiseptic Effects

Puzzlegrass is one of many herbs said to provide an antiseptic effect, with research suggesting that it could help in the treatment of common conditions such as urinary tract infections.

It may support your immune system, helping fend off foreign bodies and keep your system fighting fit, and it is also thought to act as an expectorant, helping you clear mucous and get rid of infections from the body.

Although coughing, sneezing, and bringing up seemingly endless amounts of phlegm is just one of the many nasty side effects of cold, flu, and chest infections, it’s also how your body gets rid of the virus, as bacteria becomes trapped in the mucous and needs to be expelled.

However, as we’ve noted many times before, a little tea every now and then isn’t going to cure the flu or the cold, nor will it prevent you from getting those viruses in the first place.

It’s true that plants like horsetail, and Greek mountain tea in particular, have been consumed for generations for their supposed abilities to fend off cold and flu. Many Greek households keep bags of sideritis on hand for this very reason, and they swear by its benefits during cold and flu season.

Research suggests that a few strong cups may make them feel better and lift their mood and energy levels, but it won’t stop the virus from infecting them in the first place nor will a single cup eradicate it.

Could Help Improve Cognition

A lot has been said about anti-inflammatory compounds and the way they interact with the brain and body. It is believed that regular consumption will keep chronic inflammation to a minimum, and because chronic inflammation has been linked to a host of diseases, in theory, that could reduce the likelihood of all kinds of mental and physical ailments.

This could be the reasoning behind recent studies that suggest puzzlegrass could help with conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, while potentially improving cognition and memory.

Could be a Useful Skin Care Treatment

Based on everything we have outlined above, including the antioxidant content, antiseptic action, and anti-inflammatory ability, horsetail seems tailormade for skincare. It also contains silica and other useful compounds and has actually been touted as a possible herbal remedy for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as acne and a host of other common complaints.

Horsetail extracts are used in skin care products for this very reason, but the concentration of helpful ingredients means the plant itself could be just as useful, if not more so.

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Cautions When Consuming Horsetail

Caution is advised when consuming any plant or herb for the first time. You should avoid drinking puzzlegrass tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

As always, we also recommend consulting a medical professional before consuming this herb if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is especially true for anyone with a history of kidney problems, as horsetail may act as a diuretic, which means it flushes more water out of your body.

You should also consult your doctor if you are taking any medications, as horsetail may impact some of these.

As discussed already, we recommend starting small to assess tolerance, and if you notice any adverse reactions, stop immediately. Horsetail is considered safe, and most consumers won’t notice any issues, but there is always a risk, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.

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Read More: Brewing Puzzlegrass

How to Brew Puzzlegrass Tea

To brew puzzlegrass tea, begin with 1 tsp of dried material added to a cup of boiling water. Allow the herbs to steep for 5 to 10 minutes, add sugar or honey to taste, and then drink!

All of our teas are sold loose and can be added to teapots, strainers, or our very own Infuser Flask, which will keep your puzzlegrass tea hot for several hours and allow for a slow and steady steep (which means you can use much less than usual!).

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Additional information

Weight20 g
Used For

Detox, Immune Support, Memory Support


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