Cinquefoil, Wild Crafted
Also Known as Biscuits, Bloodroot, Tormantil, Earthbank, English Sarsaparilla, Ewe Daisy, Flesh and Blood, Potentielle Droite, Potentille, Potentille Dressée, Potentilla, Potentilla erecta, Potentilla tormentilla, Potentille Tormentille, Septfoil, Shepherd's Knapperty, Shepherd's Knot, Thormantle, Tormentilla, Tormentillae Rhizoma, Tormentille.
Before the Roman priests arrived in the northlands bearing the "gode-spel" of the Whitechrist, followers of the old ways used Cinquefoil Herb in order to drive off evil spirits; used to stuff a "dream-pillow," dried Cinquefoil Herb could bring night-time visions of one's future mate; burned as incense, it was a help to the Wise Ones in divination.
The Cinquefoil plant contains a large amount of tannins and is most utilized by herbalists as an astringent. They might use an infusion of Cinquefoil as a herbal tonic for dysentery, diarrhea, fevers, and debility.
A decoction of Cinquefoil is used as a gargle for loose teeth, spongy gums, thrush and, periodontal disease. Fresh juice of Cinquefoil mixed with honey removes hoarseness and relaxes a sore throat, and is said to be therapeutic for coughs.
For skin care, a strong decoction of Cinquefoil is poured over infections, sores, and rashes. In herbal baths, it is intended to be soothing for reddened or irritated skin. An infusion of Cinquefoil leaves makes an excellent skin wash and is also used cosmetically as a soothing lotion for redness and for babies delicate skin. Cinquefoil is an ingredient in many anti-wrinkle cosmetic preparations.
Herbalists' sources are quick to point out that any benefits to be obtained from powder Cinquefoil Herb can be gotten from relatively small amounts. As is the case with many herbs, taking large amounts does not necessarily mean greater benefit, and may in fact be just the opposite. When taking Cinquefoil Herb or any other organic bulk herbs, whether gathered in the wild or purchased from a bulk herb supplier, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified herbalist or healthcare professional.