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Cinquefoil, Creeping (Potentilla reptans)


wound healing, antipyretic, astringent, antispasmodic

Areas of application:

Disturbance in the digestive tract, epilepsy, inflammation, abscesses, swollen glands, bleeding, skin diseases, toothache, lung diseases, disorders in the gastrointestinal area, cleanses the blood and makes it thinner, varicose veins, pimples, very red skin, dandruff, First aid compresses for injuries in nature, insect bites, gum inflammation, diarrhea, fever

Plant parts used:

Root and leaves

Collection time:

Root in September/October, leaves from spring to summer

To find:

Grows almost anywhere there are meadows, in ditches, embankments and preferably on nutrient-rich soil.


Tannins, tannins, flavonoids, fatty acids


☕ Tea: Pour ¼ liter of boiling water over 2 heaped teaspoons of the dry herb and let it steep for 10 minutes. You drink 2 to 3 cups daily for a period of 2 weeks.

☕ Root tea: Add 1 teaspoon of dried roots to ¼ liter of cold water, bring to the boil and let steep for about 5 minutes.

Creeping cinquefoil is a perennial plant. All stems are creeping and rooted at the nodes. The runners reach a length of 30 to 100 cm. The plant has a taproot that extends up to 45 cm into the ground. The leaves are long-stemmed, fivefold fingered and toothed on the edge. The five-petaled flowers contain five golden-yellow petals and these stand individually on a long stalk. The flowering period is from June to August. Each flower produces 200 to 240 nuts.

🛑 Although the plant can be used for inflammatory processes in the gastrointestinal area and is also used for diarrhea, cinquefoil should initially be used carefully if you have a sensitive stomach. If your stomach reacts painfully to a tea, you must avoid all cinquefoils, including bloodroot and cinquefoil.

Five cinquefoil was a component of the witches' ointment along with the poisonous ingredients. It is a magical protective herb that drives away evil spirits from home and yard. Under no circumstances could it be missing from the bunches of herbs that were dried for incense.

The active ingredient content depends on the location, the plants from the Alps are most rich in active ingredients.

Hildegard von Bingen: The herb is good against fever and poisoning. Crush the cinquefoil and then mix breadcrumbs with water, as if you were making a tart. Then add tree oil or poppy seed oil and knead a dough. Put this dough on a piece of cloth after you have warmed it up. Wrap it all over the stomach of the person who has a fever. When half a day has passed, take away the cloth, warm it again, and put it on again, and the fever will subside. If you have jaundice, make a cake with cinquefoil, breadcrumbs and plain water and eat it on an empty stomach for nine days. If God doesn't prevent it, the herb can be used as a medicine.

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