Equisetaceae Equisetum laevigatum A. Braun

Smooth Horsetail

Thompson - Drug, Gynecological Aid

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: Gynecological Aid
Notes: Decoction or infusion of stems taken after childbirth to expel the afterbirth more quickly. The decoction or infusion was taken immediately after childbirth to expel the afterbirth more quickly. The stems were usually gathered ahead of time being pulled up, the roots cut off and the stems cut into short segments and dried. Then, just before childbirth, a small handful of the cut stems was steeped in boiling water for five or ten minutes. The woman could drink this tea for several days.

RECRD: 32028 id: 13464