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10 remarkably useful plants you can find in the wild

By: Laura Moss on July 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
horsetail plants

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Horesetail inhabits areas close to rivers and streams throughout North America and can grow up to a foot tall. Look for bright green leafless, tubular stems that grow to a point, and collect the entire plant. Chop and boil the plant and apply the decoction to wounds to decrease bleeding and speed healing. You can also drink horsetail tea to ease stomachaches and treat kidney problems, and the plant can even be used as a natural toothbrush in a pinch.