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., Biscuits, Bloodroot, Cinquefoil, 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
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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