Cinquefoil (Potentilla Reptans) has antispasmodic, astringent, anti-inflammatory,
diuretic, tonic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, hemostatic properties.
Potentilla reptans is an unusual plant in the Rosaceae family that is known
by a number of different names throughout Europe, including the creeping cinquefoil
or the creeping tormentil. Potentilla reptans is quite popular in the herbal medicine
community, as it has been used for traditional medicine for thousands of years.
If you are suffering from boils, sores, or wounds, applying a Potentilla reptans salve
on the skin can quickly improve the appearance of the spot and promote rapid healing.
The tannins contained in Potentilla reptans promote antioxidant activity and blood flow
to heal these wounds and protect against infection. If you have age marks or wrinkles,
the tannins can also help tighten the skin and improve appearance, due to the astringent
nature of the herb.