|Revfingerört | Photo: Fritz Geller-Grimm|
Potentilla reptans L.
CINQUEFOIL The genus is represented in our country of some twenty species, most with yellow flowers. Revfingerört
have creeping, rotslående stem and occurs fairly commonly in particular for road and field margins but also in gardens and in moist meadows. It has five yellow petals, five sepals and five outer sepals. The leaves are femfingrade.
Tabernaemontanus compared the properties of revfingerörtens tuber with china
bark and says that revfingerört was used as a remedy for such fever, toothache and stone disease, and for disinfection of fresh wounds and glanders. This is especially striking is the plant's astringent effect, yet used revfingerört less than the related blood root, Potentilla erecta.
Powdered and hoprörd with fresh egg yolk to a paste, it has been used in folk medicine to cover the term inflammation of the nails, so-called fulslag. Of the rhizome can be prepared a mouthwash used for gargling in Inflammation of the oral mucosa.
Occurrence: Somewhat common in the cultural influence of soil over most of southern and southeastern Sweden. Locally in western Sweden and in some places in the north. Grows initially on beaches and in the brushy slopes.
Characteristics: A perennial herb with a meter, nedliggande, rotslående reddish stolons, which assumes the upright branched rhizome. Leaves long-stemmed, femfingrade, with all Stipules, gathered in rosettes on rhizome and at the foothills of nodes. Leaflets narrowly oblong with wedge-shaped base, toothed, sparsely hairy. Flowers yellow (June-August) alone, with front feed, feed and petals 5, and numerous stamens and pistils. Fruits small, round nuts Earth Tribal thick, Ligneous. Taste pungent, astringent.
Using parts: Earth Tribe, gathered in the autumn and dried in the shade.
Content Topics: Tanning preparations. Glycoside tormentosid, made up of triterpenalkoholen tormenthol and sugar molecules.
Medical action: astringent, antidiarroisk, fever-reducing.
Uses: For gargling at munslemhinneinflammation. For diarrhea, fever.