Dutch Rush

(Equisetum hyemale) "Dutch", because it was imported into Britain in bundles from Holland as a domestic polisher (Grigson. 1974). The American Indians used the native variety in a number of ways -the stalk decoction as a hair wash to get rid of fleas, etc., the heads to cure diarrhoea, etc., (Weiner). The Menomini used the type plant for kidney trouble, by drinking the water in which it had been boiled, while the women used the same medicine to clean up the system after childbirth (Youngken). They were used like other members of the genus (see HORSETAIL) for scouring, cleaning and polishing, hence also the name Gunbright. It is said that the Indians used the plant in polishing their guns (Bergen. 1899).

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