Horsetail (Equisetum)

Name: Equisetum hyemale

Toxicity: considered toxic

Common Name: Shavegrass, Horsetail, Scouring Rush

Continent: North Temperate Zone

Habitat: V

Applicable Plant Components: root, stem

Sanctificational: root, stem

Invitatory: stem

Convocational: stem

Fortificational: stem

Intensificational: stem

Psychical: stem

Desistant: Stem

Pacificatory: stem

Reconciliatory: stem

Reversional: root, stem

Theurgical: stem

Prolongational: stem

Amoristic: root, stem

Protectant: stem

Tutelary: stem

Vulnerary: stem

Providential: root, stem

Plenitudinal: stem

Plenarial: stem

Divinatory: stem

Affixal: stem

Affirmational: stem, root

Resurgent: root, stem

Anecdotal: Equisetum is Bear, Goose and Salmon Medicine. It is used to weave baskets and medicine bags as well as to make whistles and blowing tubes. The stems are used to polish tools, pipes, bows and arrows. The medicine in Equisetum is at its most potent in the fall. The spirit within Equisetum is invoked to address spiritual pain that has resulted in losses of strength, personal shields and a sense of vision. It is particularly valued ritually to resolve the loss or attrition of spiritual energy or direction as well as illnesses related to elements such as lightning. Equisetum is highly exorcismal, used in the form of smudge or steam in ceremonies that reconcile the problems mentioned along with the endopsychic wounds caused by them. It has enormous implications in women’s medicine, linking it to sacred cycles and associated with ritual or circumstantial birth, death or rebirth. It has the peculiar faculty of repulsing undesirable people present and sends them on their way.

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