Botanical Name: Potentilla anserina
- English: Five Finger Grass
- Also, known as: Wilder Rainfarn, Potenille, Potentilla anserine, Prince’s feathers, Trailing tansy, Wild tansy, Goosewort, Silvery cinquefoil, Goose tansy, Goose grey, Moor grass, Wild agrimony,
Parts Used: Leaves & flowers
The silverweed, one of the commonest of the potentillas is very abundant in Great Britain and throughout the temperate regions, extending from Lapland to the Azores, and is equally at home in regions as remote as Armenia, China, New Zealand and Chile.
The leaves are covered on both sides with a silky, white down of soft hairs, mostly marked on the underside, hence its English name of silverweed. They are 2 to 5 inches long, much cut or divided, interruptedly pinnate, i.e. Divided into twelve to fifteen pairs of ovals, toothed leaflets along the midrib, each pair being separated by a shorter pair all the way up. The herb is gathered in June, all shriveled, discolored or insect-eaten leaves being rejected. Collect only in dry weather, in the morning, after the dew has been dried by the sun.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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