Cinquefoil


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Cinquefoil


Latin Name: pontentilla reptans, pontentilla simplex
Alternative Name: five fingered grass, creeping cinquefoil, crampweed, five fingered blossom, goosegrass, goose tansy, moor grass, pentaphylon, silver cinquefoil, silverweed, sunkfield, synkefoyle, five finger grass, five leaved grass.
Forms Available: root, leaf

Cinquefoil – pontentilla reptans – Also called Five Fingered Grass, Creeping cinquefoil, and Five Leaved Grass. The rootstock was cooked as a vegetable by the Celts and Native Americans. Applied to sore areas, the fresh plant relieves pain. A root decoction is used in anti-wrinkle creams. A wash reduces skin redness, freckles, and sunburn.
The powdered root and leaf are used to stop internal hemorrhaging. The powder also makes an astringent for mouth sores and treats diarrhea. Taken with honey, it relieves sore throats, coughs, and fever. Take one-quarter to one-half teaspoon at a time, or twenty to forty drops of the tincture. The leaves can be steeped using two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes, or one ounce of the root can be simmered in one and a half cups of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup four times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The powdered root and leaf are used to stop internal hemorrhaging. The powder also makes an astringent for mouth sores and treats diarrhea. Taken with honey, it relieves sore throats, coughs, and fever.

Other Uses: Use the infusion in ritual baths and for purification rites. Cinquefoil bestows eloquence and protection to the wearer; bring it to court. Love, power, wisdom, health, and abundance are symbolized by its five petals.


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