Equisetaceae Equisetum laevigatum A. Braun

Smooth Horsetail

Thompson - Drug, Eye Medicine

Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 86

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Scientific name: Equisetum laevigatum A. Braun
USDA symbol: EQLA (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Smooth Horsetail
Family: Equisetaceae
Family (APG):
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Eye Medicine
Notes: Stem liquid used for sore eyes or decoction of stems used for sore, itchy eyes or blindness. The stem liquid, which was collected in the springtime, could be stored in the refrigerator and used whenever needed. The stem decoction was used as an eyewash for sore or itchy eyes or for impending blindness such as that caused by cataracts.

RECRD: 32029 id: 13462