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The creeping cinquefoil has long been "the friend of the female sex", claiming that its leaves and flowers have uterine stimulating and antispasmodic properties.
Therapists then discovered countless other virtues in her.
It has also been very effective in relieving stomach cramps, seizures and urinary incontinence.
Benefits of creeping cinquefoil
The active substance in creeping cinquefoil is tannic acid. These are very often his flowers and leaves that are used. It can therefore be used both internally and externally.
Anti-inflammatory, antihemorrhagic, it is effective against diarrhea summer, typhoid fever diarrhea, enteritis, acute colitis, enterocolitis.
As a gargle, a decoction of the creeping cinquefoil overcomes canker sores, stomatitis and gingivitis, chronic pharyngitis and periodontosis.
Creeping cinquefoil compresses relieve bruises and the burns.
The roots of the creeping cinquefoil would be effective against fever and pain.
Use of the creeping cinquefoil
Cinquefoil tea is prepared as follows:
- Throw 1 to 3 tbsp. of rhizomes cut into small pieces in half a liter of water.
- Bring everything to the boil for 15 minutes.
- Let cool
- Drink 1 cup several times a day.
In infusion, boil 25 cl of water and throw in 1 tsp. tablespoon of dried cinquefoil. Let steep for 30 minutes. Filter the preparation and drink it 3 times a day.
The roots of the tormentil cinquefoil are sometimes powdered; they can also be taken directly orally, 1 pinch several times a day.
As for the cinquefoil anserine, its virtues are found in its root. To firm the gums, it is advisable to chew the root often.
History of the creeping potential
From its botanical name "Potentilla reptans », the creeping cinquefoilis a shrub of the Rosaceae family, which reaches 10 to 15 cm in height while its creeping stems reach 1m30.
It produces a fruit, achene is brown or greyish in color, and its leaves are in the form of five leaflets with rounded tips, hairy on both sides and with large teeth. The flowers have 5 sepals, 5 broad petals, toothed generally larger than the sepals, and yellow in color.
Herbaceousbelonging to a genre of about 500 species, it grows in meadows, roadsides, beaches, old ports. It is found in temperate regionsof the northern hemisphere.
- Potentilla anserina, grows on the shores of Quebec.
- The "potentilla reptans », Grows in the vicinity of Quebec.
- Finally, "potentilla recta ", It is found in the dry places of western Quebec.
The creeping cinquefoil reproduces by seed dispersal by humans or animals. Its presence in Finland was confirmed after the maritime transport of ballast soil.
Taking crawling cinquefoil (herbal tea, infusion or other preparation) is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.