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Tormentilla Root

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Potentilla erecta, p. tormentilla


Decoctions and tinctures are made from the root of the tormentil, or septfoil, herb. The root is valued for its astringent properties, although all parts of the plant are astringent. It is also used in oral care products, not only because it is astringent, but because it is anaesthetic and antibacterial.

Tormentilla's main use is in healing oral care (infections, inflammations and bleeding gums) ie. in mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes.

To use Tormentilla root, make a decoction of 40g root to 1 litre of water; or a tincture of 1:5. Use the decoction in mouthwashes and gargles. The tincture may be added to toothpastes.

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