Benefits and medicinal properties of Tormentila, remedies and contraindications

The tormentila is a medicinal plant that belongs to the family of Rosaceae and its scientific name is Potentilla Erecta. It is used both for preparations for internal and external use. On the other hand, the part of the tormentila that is used is the rhizome.

The active principles found in this plant are the glycosides and a red coloring substance. In addition, it has astringent and vulnerary qualities. In fact, among its most important properties we find astringent qualities, which makes it an effective remedy to treat cases of diarrhea, helping to reduce them especially when the diarrheas are nervous.

It is also useful for make gargles, indicated for problems of pharyngitis, laryngitis, when the gums bleed, since tormentila is ideal as an astringent remedy acting on the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.

Other uses of this medicinal plant are those prepared for external use, for soothe hemorrhoids lotions or infusions of this plant are prepared for sitz baths. It is also used in plasters, poultices and ointments to help heal wounds and superficial cuts.

The tormentila we can get it in herbalists, parapharmacies, stores that dispense natural products, online. The formats in which we can get this medicinal plant are the following: in the form of a dry plant, only the dry rhizome, in a fluid extract and also in capsules.

When using any of the formats in which Tormentila is presented, we must follow the advice of the therapeutic professional, follow its guidelines regarding dosage and duration of treatment or consult with the doctor.

Tormentila is rich in tannins and abuse in its internal consumption can irritate the gastric mucosa.

Discover how to prepare 3 homemade remedies with Tormentila

The home remedies that we provide below are for external use.

Tormentila infusion to gargle

This infusion of Garment Tormentila is effective to eliminate cases of halitosis or bad breath, helping us to eliminate germs from the mouth that produce bad breath, bringing freshness to the mouth.

We will prepare the infusion following these steps:


  • A cup of water.
  • One or two teaspoons of Tormentila dry rhizome.


We put the water to heat and when it starts to boil add the teaspoons of Tormentila.

We remove the infusion of the fire, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes.

We quench the infusion and let it cool.

Once it is cold we can already gargle.

We can gargle them twice a day, after brushing our teeth.

Tormentilla gargle for the throat

In this occasion the infusion that we will prepare is also for external use, with this infusion we will gargle that we will come well to improve the irritation or inflammation of the throat.

To prepare this infusion we will follow the previous steps.

Seat bath for hemorrhoids with Tormentila

Among the uses of La Tormentila is the benefit that this medicinal plant has for its properties when it comes to improving the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.

In this case, sitz baths with Tormentila will be prepared.

To prepare this seat bath we need:

  • A liter of water.
  • 60 grams of Tormentila dry plant.

We put water to heat with the dry plant of Tormentila inside.

Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and keep boiling for 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat, cover the preparation and let it rest for 10 minutes.

We strain the preparation and let it cool.

Once it is cold we can do the seat bath.

The sitz bath can be done 2 or 3 times a day until the symptoms improve.

Contraindications of the Tormentila

Tormentila is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • In case of pregnancy.
  • During the period of lactation.
  • In children.
  • People who are getting rid of the consumption of alcohol.
This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist. ThemesMedicinal plants

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