Potentilla - a plant, covered with ancient legends. One of them says that before you go into battle with Nightingale the Robber, Ilya Muromets went to a nearby swamp, where the grass grew "sheptuha" as they called the people in the old days bloodroot, lay on the ground and smell the roots of Potentilla. And the hero of the Russian land sensed a "great strength, courage, immense."

Ilya Muromets went to fight nightingale-robber, and defeating him in battle, saved Russia from evil. Another legend says that the living water, which revived Ruslan was taken from a spring, around which grew bloodroot. We as a magic herb "sheptuha" will become more beautiful and healthier.

Tormentil - Potentilla erecta L.   - A perennial herb of the family Rosaceae. The Latin name of this plant Potentilla   It means "small but strong action against dysentery."

Potentilla rhizome at a short, woody, with numerous adventitious roots, dark brown on the outside, but inside is dark red. Slim Straight, leafy, top branching stalk cinquefoil high rises 25-50sm. Basal leaves are trifoliate with long petioles. Stem sessile.

   Flowers yellow, solitary on long, thin stalks, out of the axils of upper leaves. Bloodroot blooms from May to September. Fruits - mnogooreshki slightly wrinkled brown or dark olive. They ripen in 3-4 weeks after flowering.

Cinquefoil grows throughout the European part of Russia, Siberia, the Urals and the Caucasus. It can be found in a clearing in the forest, meadow, pasture clearings, glades, near rivers, streams, in marshy places.

The medicinal and cosmetic purposes   autumn harvest rhizomes cinquefoil. The rhizomes erect cinquefoil uses conventional medicine in France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Finland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

- Potentilla rhizome contains: vitamin C, starch, wax, resin, tannins, sugar, gum, Quinic, malic, and ellagic acid, flavonoids, essential oil ... and a lot of vitamin C in the grass cinquefoil, especially during the flowering plants.

- Avicenna used the drugs from the rhizomes of Potentilla in inflammation of the lungs, inflammation of the sciatic nerve, fresh juice from the root - in diseases of the liver, an infusion of the leaves - with a fever.

- Preparations from rhizomes cinquefoil have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hemostatic, astringent, expectorant and choleretic properties.

- When applied topically, they create a biological film, which protects the tissue from chemical, bacterial and mechanical effects.

- In the Middle Ages, the decoction of rhizomes Potentilla was the only escape from dysentery.

- Traditional medicine uses bloodroot in inflammation of the lungs, stomach disorders, kidney disease, liver, gout, rheumatism, malaria, ulcerative colitis.

- Externally as a rinse with angina, stomatitis, burns, wounds, ulcers, eczema. From powder made seeding the powder for wounds, ulcers, bleeding.

- Broth
1 tbsp. a spoonful of chopped dry raw material pour 2 cups water, bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, drain, take ¼ cup 3-4 times a day before meals.

- Ointment roots
5 c. on a coffee grinder to grind the roots, add ½ cup melted butter, without vegetable additives, put on fire, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain, pour into a vial of dark glass, store in the refrigerator. A thin layer of ointment is applied to burns, cracked heels, chapped lips.

- The broth is used in cosmetics
For oily skin. 1 tbsp. spoon crushed roots Potentilla pour 1 incomplete (to kaёmki) glass of hot water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Cool, drain, wipe oily skin morning and evening.

- Lotion from rhizomes cinquefoil
1 tbsp. spoon crushed roots pour ½ cup of vodka, insist 1 week in a dark place, filter. Use as a lotion for oily skin and acne, dilute using boiled water 1: 1. Lotion helps with porous skin.

- Fresh juice Potentilla wipe acne.

- For oily broth cinquefoil wash head
2 tbsp. spoon rhizomes pour 2 cups boiling water and cook for 10 minutes, push the lid for 1 hour, drain, rub into the scalp for half an hour in front by hook. After washing rinse decoction can head to secure the effect. The course of treatment 2-3 months.

- Powder from dried roots of Potentilla brush their teeth for the prevention of diseases of the gums and fresh breath.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva