How to Make Horsetail Oil for Hair Growth? Step-by-Step DIY Guide

WrittenbyLuat Duong
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Horsetail is an herb that has been used since ancient Roman and Greek times to support hair health. Infusing horsetail into an oil allows extracting its beneficial nutrients and properties for easy topical application to your scalp and strands. But how do you properly make horsetail oil?

How to Make Horsetail Oil for Hair Growth

Making horsetail oil involves infusing dried horsetail herbs into a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba. Allowing it to steep for 4-6 weeks ensures the oil is fully saturated with the silica, minerals, flavonoids and nutrients that make horsetail so beneficial for hair.


- 1⁄4 cup dried horsetail (or 2 tablespoons fresh horsetail)

- 1 cup carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, or argan

- Cheesecloth

- Dark glass bottle for storing


1. Fill a small glass jar with the dried horsetail, pressing down firmly.

2. Heat the carrier oil lightly until warm but not hot.

3. Pour the warmed oil over the horsetail until completely covered.

4. Seal the jar and store in a cool dark place, shaking gently daily.

5. After 4-6 weeks, strain the oil through cheesecloth and transfer to a storage bottle.


Massage several drops of horsetail oil into your scalp and ends of hair a few times per week. Leave on for 1-2 hours before washing out.

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Benefits of Horsetail for Hair

Here’s how horsetail supports healthy hair growth:

Stimulates Follicles

Improves circulation to follicles to spur growth.

Provides Silica

Horsetail’s high silica content strengthens strands and boosts shine.

Contains Antioxidants

Flavonoids and nutrients protect hair from environmental damage.

Balances Oil Production

Horsetail balances sebum levels, preventing oiliness or dryness.

Tips for Making the Most Potent Infusion

Follow these tips for getting the most out of your horsetail hair oil:

Dry Horsetail Thoroughly

Ensure herbs are dried completely or mold can develop.

Chop Herbs Finely

The smaller the pieces, the better the extraction.

Press Herbs into Jar

Really pack them tightly to maximize contact with oil.

Maintain Dark Steeping Spot

Light degrades horsetail's properties - steep in the dark.

Shake Jar Daily

Agitate the mixture to prevent settling and evenly infuse.

Complementary Herbs to Include

For added hair-boosting benefits, also add herbs like:


Stimulates growth and thickness.

Green Tea

Protects hair follicles with antioxidants.


Improves circulation for better growth.


Soothes and hydrates the scalp.

Storage and Shelf Life

For best quality, store horsetail hair oil in a cold, dark place and use within 3-6 months while nutrients are freshest.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.