Botanical Name: Potentille tormentilla
- English: Tormentilla
- Also, known as: Shepherd's Knapperty, Shepherd's Knot, Septfoil, Thormantle, Biscuits, Bloodroot, Five Fingers, Flesh and Blood, English Sarsaparilla, Earthbank, Ewe Daisy, and Earth Bank.
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Root
Potentille tormentilla, is a perennial herb with thick rootstock that is red inside, root can weigh up to half a kilo, woody, 20-50 cm tall, upto 30 cm wide and with many stems. Leaves are alternate, basal leaves long-stalked, stem leaves virtually stalkless, and stipulate. Leaves are almost sessile, and consist of 3 oblongs, acute, deeply serrated, somewhat hairy leaflets; the stipules are smaller than the leaflets, and deeply cut. The pretty bright yellow 4-petalled flowers, 8-15 mm across are borne on slender, downy stalks, have notched petals and 4-12 carpels and 15-20 stamens. The 4 sepals are visible between the petals.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
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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