Tormentil is a common plant found abundantly on hills and in meadows. It is recognisable by its small yellow flowers – four heart-shaped petals with leaves divided at the base of the plant. The plant flowers between June and September. The roots are mainly used and are collected in summer or early autumn.
Potentilla, the scientific name of the genus tormentil belongs to, derives from the Latin word “Potentia” which means power.
Tormentil has a very high content of tannins. Tannins “knit” together proteins. Because of this, it is ideal for all cases of diarrhoea caused by infections or inflammations and for relieving gastritis and enteritis. The root contains antiseptic properties. An important use for Tormentil in the past was the treatment of severe burns. The high content of tannins in Tormentil enabled a protective antiseptic seal to form, protecting the flesh temporarily.
Other Common Names:
- Erect cinquefoil
- Shepherd’s knot
- Tormentilla (Spanish)
- Aufrechtes Fingerkraut (German)
- Potentille dressée (French)
- Tepperot (Norwegian)
- Blodrot (Swedish)
- Blóðmura (Icelandic)
- Rätvänä (Finnish)
- Blodrød (Danish).
- It is used in herbal medicine for treating dysentery, diarrhea, sore throats, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and colitis.
- The plant is used externally for cuts and wounds.
- The decoction is used as a wash for mouth ulcers, piles, infected gums and inflamed eyes.
- Use the extracts for chapping of anus and cracked nipples.
- It is helpful for bed wetting in children.
- Soak a piece of lint in decoction and apply it in warts.
- It is used to halt bleeding and smoothen skin.
- The extracts of tormentil root are used for dental and oral hygiene, treat mild inflammation of mouth and throat and denture sores.
- In folk medicine, add it to baths and compresses for treating poor healing of wounds, burns, frostbite and hemorrhoids.
- Use it internally for diarrhea and stomach problems.
The appropriate dose of tormentil depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for tormentil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important.